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Porsche Cajun mini-SUV confirmed, due to arrive in 2014

by Damon Lavrinc (RSS feed) on Nov 29th 2010 at 1:45PM

Porsche has officially confirmed what's been rumored for at least three years – the German automaker will build a small SUV to slot in below its highly successful Cayenne. With the working name "Cajun," Porsche wants the mini 'ute to provide younger customers another point of entry into the brand.

Designer Walter da Silva has apparently taken the lead on the project, which is expected to be loosely based on the Audi Q5, and the press release (available after the jump) claims that the Cajun will have "typical Porsche features such as light weight, ease of handling and agility." Here's hoping... [source: Porsche]

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Porsche is planning a new sporty model range

Stuttgart. During its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, 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 further model series up to series production. Under the working name "Cajun", this efficient and sporty model will further expand the world's most successful Porsche segment in the SUV sector. In addition to the new Cayenne, which has clearly consolidated its market position as the most successful sporty SUV in the premium segment, the "Cajun" will also have a very positive impact with its typical Porsche features such as light weight, ease of handling and agility. As an attractive entry model in the Porsche world, the "Cajun" will attract new and even younger customers to the premium brand along with the Boxster, the market leader in the segment of two-seater, mid-size sports cars.



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Porsche Confirms Smaller 'Cajun' SUV To Slot Below Cayenne


Source: MotorAuthority.com

Rumors of a "baby Cayenne" have been circling the web for years now, but Porsche today finally put an end to the rumors--by confirming the new compact SUV is in fact under development, bearing the working name "Cajun."

Porsche's hopes for the new SUV are toward further increases in sales volumes, with a lower entry price potentially attracting younger buyers. Design goals for the vehicle include "light weight, ease of handling and agility," according to the official release. The Cajun is expected to share a platform with the Audi Q5, though it will be styled with an eye toward sportier themes and priced roughly five to ten percent higher than the Audi.

Those that have been keeping tabs on the progress of the baby Cayenne may remember several denials that such a vehicle was under consideration, the latest coming just this May.

With designer Walter da Silva now at the reins of the project, we can expect the new Cajun to be perhaps the most attractive vehicle in its segment. The Cajun is expected to make its retail debut in 2014.



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By Mark Kleis

Last time Porsche made any public comment about the possibility of a sub-Cayenne SUV, it had followed news that Porsche had canceled the project and instead was going to focus on sales of the Cayenne itself.

Following the quasi-confirmation by Volkswagen’s CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn during an interview, today the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG instructed the Board of Management to drive forward the development of a new model to series production.

At this time, Porsche is still officially referring to its second-ever SUV as the Cajun, but it refers to the moniker as a “working name,” indicating the possibility of a new name by the time the model enters production.

Porsche says the goal of this new sub-Cayenne model is to bring another premium Porsche product to market at a lower price point in an effort to reach younger buyers.



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