Numerous rumors about a Porsche-badged junior-sized sport utility have now become official fact with the automaker confirming that its board of management has formally approved an "efficient and sporty model" to be developed under the working name "Cajun." This new crossover -- whose name comes from "Cayenne Junior" -- will is intended to further expand on Porsche's eminently successful foray into the performance SUV segment.
The brief statement went on to note that as a more compact runningmate to the premium grade Cayenne, "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."
Although no technical details were offered along with the announcement, the new Porsche Cajun will share a good deal of its mechanical pedigree with the new Audi Q5 model, albeit with its own unique exterior/interior styling and feature set. Unlike the Audi, the Cajun is expected to be offered in both two-door and four-door models. Power likely will come from a mix of 3.0-liter V6 engines, including gasoline and turbodiesel, crowned by a range-topping turbo-gas Cajun S variant. Expect the new Porsche Cajun to arrive sometime in 2013.