Rumors of a “baby Cayenne” have been circling the web for years now. Porsche has officially confirmed. the German automaker will build a small SUV to slot in below its highly successful Cayenne.
The Porsche Cajun will be based on the Audi Q5 and is set to be launched by 2014.
The vehicle was mentioned only in passing in a lengthy interview by Spiegel with Martin Winterkorn, chief executive of the Volkswagen Group, last month. “There will also be a new S.U.V., a little brother for the Cayenne, which might be called the Cajun,” Mr. Winterkorn said at the time. “We’ll make the Porsche brand sparkle even more.”
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PORSCHE BEGINS DEVELOPMENT OF NEW MODEL RANGE
Supervisory Board gives the go-ahead for a wider range of models
MISSISSAUGA – November 29, 2010 — During its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG laid the foundations for continuous and successful growth of the company. The Supervisory Board instructed the Board of Management to drive forward the development of a new model series.
Under the working name “Cajun,” this efficient and sporty model will build upon the success of the Cayenne in the SUV sector.
Much like the new Cayenne, which clearly consolidated its market position as the most successful sporty SUV in the premium segment, the “Cajun” will feature typical Porsche characteristics such as light weight, ease of handling and agility.
As an attractive entry-level model, the “Cajun” will attract new and even younger customers to the Porsche brand along with the Boxster, the market leader in the segment of two-seater, mid-size sports cars.