Further information has started to emerge on the new Porsche Cajun and things are certainly hotting up.
The highly-anticipated prestige car is to be based heavily on the Audi Q5 and feature a new suspension system, improved brakes and Quattro all-wheel drive.
Short for Cayenne junior, the spicy Cajun CUV (that’s compact utility vehicle) is scheduled for production in spring 2013, so Porsche fans can start planning their purchase now.
Boss Mathias Muller is keen to boost Porsche sales and sees the new Cajun as just the ticket to do that. Two-, three- and four-door versions will eventually be available for Porsche buyers.
Inside, bespoke seats and a dashboard inspired by the new Boxster will give a sporty position for the driver.
Engine details are still not confirmed, but it is expected that a choice of four will be available:
2.0 TFSI, 240bhp/258lb ft
3.0 TFSI V6, 292bhp/295lb ft
2.0 TDI, 190bhp/258lb ft
3.0 TDI V6, 265bhp/369lb ft
These will be combined with stronger brakes with optional carbon-ceramic discs, the Sport Chrono pack with launch control and free-flow sports muffler to ensure optimum performance.
Use of Audi engines follows the partnership between Volkswagen’s three major brands – Porsche, Audi and VW – that sees them undertake research and development separately and then share their results to help save money.
The engines will be tweaked to offer the ultimate performance alongside the Porsche’s design, which is being led by VW’s chief designer Waller de’Silva.
The new Porsche Cajun will take on models such as the Range Rover Evoque and BMW X4 and should be ready to make its official debut some time in 2012.
It is set to be built in Leipzig, Germany and priced at around 15% more than the Q5.
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