Porsche Cajun compact crossover-SUV announced

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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It's true! After what seems like eons Porsche has finally made an official announcement that a compact companion to its popular Cayenne SUV is on the way.

The new model's working name is "Cajun," and considering the moniker Porsche peppered its elder sibling with the spicy title just might stick when it hits the road. It also has the right sound when placed beside Cayman.

"Under the working name 'Cajun', this efficient and sporty model will further expand the world's most successful Porsche segment in the SUV sector," stated a press release.

Like the Cayman, the Cajun will be the entry point into Porsche ownership for many younger buyers who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford to get into one of the prestigious company's vehicles.

According to reports from Automotive News, the Cajun will be based on Audi Q5 architecture (the MLP or Modular Longitudinal Platform that also underpins the A5 Coupe and Convertible), although it won't share as many components with the four-ringed crossover as the Cayenne does with Volkswagen's Touareg.

Reportedly Walter de'Silva, head designer of the Audi Brand Group will take the project lead, with most expecting to see the end product resemble the Cayenne in slightly shrunken form.

Expect the Cajun to perform well too, as the iconic brand has promised us "typical Porsche features such as light weight, ease of handling and agility."

Power will likely come from the Cayenne's base 3.0-litre V6, which makes 300-horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. That engine may not slot into the MLP architecture's engine bay, however, so possibly a specially tuned version of Audi's 3.2-litre V6 will get the nod, with the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, which makes a healthy 248 lb-ft of torque in Audi trim and sends it through a state-of-the-art 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox with paddle shifters, becoming the first inline four-cylinder since Porsche's 968 (944). Fuel economy and environmental considerations make the latter scenario likely, and prospective performance should be good enough so that no complaints are voiced.

Porsche is targeting 2014 for a release date, so we can expect more details at the Geneva auto show next year.
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Topics: Crossover, Porsche, Cajun, $40,000 - $49,999,

Organizations: Porsche

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