Porsche confirmed that it will bring two new models to the U.S.: the upcoming small SUV called the Cajun and the diesel version of the Cayenne SUV.
According to Motor Trend magazine, the latter will arrive in 2012, while the Cajun will be launched in 2013. SUVs and diesel models are very important for the brand’s survival. Last year in the U.S. for instance, Porsche Cayenne sales were more than double than 911 sales (12,978 versus 6016). Profits from Cayenne, the company’s best-selling product, help fund other projects like the 911, Cayman, Boxster, and so on.
Based on the Audi Q5, the Porsche Cajun is likely to offer a 235-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 unit. Only the top-spec model may benefit from a Porsche-developed twin-turbo V-6 producing 350 horsepower. An AWD system based on Audi’s Quattro will be standard. The Cajun will rival Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque and is aimed at younger buyers.
As for the Cayenne Diesel, Porsche is expected to bring to the U.S. the same engine as in Europe: a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 240 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. The model will help Porsche improve its average fuel economy rating in the U.S.