A slip of the tongue by Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkom at the end of September let us in on a spicy little secret; Porsche has plans for a fiery little brother for the Porsche Cayenne. The smaller SUV will be called the Cajun and after a couple of weeks of letting that detail marinate, AutoBild has offered new details on the future SUV. According to them, the new model will be a two-door SUV-coupe, based on the technology of the Audi Q5 and will compete with the recently unveiled Land Rover Evoque. Production for the Cajun will begin in the spring of 2013 giving the Evoque a couple of years to win over the crowd.
Porsche has planned four engines which can be matched up with a manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The engine line-up includes a 2.0 TFSI pushing out 240 HP/350 Nm, a 3.0 TFSI delivering 292 HP/400 Nm, a 2.0 TDI producing 190 HP/350 NM, and a 3.0 TDI bringing 265 HP/500 NM.
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The first all-new model to come from the new leadership is known as Cajun, short for Cayenne junior. Every bit as spicy as its bigger brother, the crossover is scheduled to go into production in spring 2013. The sporty crossover is based on the Audi Q5. Audi would reportedly prefer that Porsche concentrate on a more dynamic two-door hatchback version, but Porsche claims that it needs the volume generated by the four-door model.
While the old Porsche regime under Wendelin Wiedeking feared that a smaller SUV would cannibalize the profitable Cayenne, Muller & Co. view the car as a potential cash cow, and they project volume as high as 50,000 units a year. According to the still-provisional launch plan, we shall first see the four-door (referred to as a four-door coupe, a la BMW X6 and Acura ZDX) and then in late 2014 a two-door version based on a shortened platform.
The Cajun will be dimensionally similar to the Q5, albeit slightly lower, shorter, and wider. What really differentiates the vehicle's stance are the wider nineteen- and twenty-inch wheels. All exterior and interior panels will be styled from scratch, but the windshield angle, the firewall, and the roof pillars have to remain as they are. To ensure a sports car-like driving position, the Cajun receives its own seats, a less steeply raked steering column, and the dashboard of the upcoming Boxster, complete with Porsche's traditional offset ignition lock. The substantial center stack rises at an angle, Panamera-style. Although the base model is a four-seater, seating for five will be available as an option.
Along with the body structure of the Q5, the Porsche Cajun will carry over the Audi's chassis, steering, axles, and Quattro drivetrain. Power will come from a 3.0-liter V-6, pumped up to about 290 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. There's a good chance that the Americans will receive the turbo-diesel V-6, too.
In addition, there is a Cajun Turbo S in the works. It features Porsche's own twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 350 hp. Porsche-specific tweaks include the Sport Chrono pack with launch control, stronger brakes with optional carbon-ceramic discs, wheels and tires, and a complete exhaust system including a switchable free-flow sport muffler.
Porsche's supervisory board today confirmed it would build the Cajun, a junior SUV to slot beneath the Cayenne in its range.
The announcement from Stuttgart confirmed the 'working name' Cajun and said the new model would increase growth. Critics will surely say that the Cajun represents yet another move away from Porsche's sports car roots, but don't forget the effect that Cayenne sales have had on the company's balance sheets.
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The 2014 Porsche Cajun is expected to arrive in 2013 looking very much like the little brother of the larger Cayenne. That should help out the smaller SUV in terms of recognition and cachet, but it won't help the Cajun look more like the Audi Q5 that it will share a platform with. That SUV is flying off the lots and its success is likely one reason that Porsche finally decided to pull the trigger on the Cajun.
Then again, the real issue with this SUV is likely to be its image. Porsche went on record saying that it hopes the Cajun will "attract new and even younger customers to the premium brand." Maybe so, but without any significant differences between it and the more well-known Q5 Porsche may have a tough time convincing those new and younger customers that the Cajun is worth a premium price.