Porsche about to give its approval and build the Pajun

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 26, 2012

After a year of research and heated discussions, Porsche is about to give its approval to a model that will be a direct competitor to the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. If greenlighted, this would be the first time for Porsche to enter a mainstream market segment. This is a premium sector that’s dominated by the German ‘big three’.

The earliest that this Porsche could arrive at showrooms is in 2016 but it’s still treated as part of Porsche’s plan to sell 200,000 units each year by 2018. According to Porsche styling chief Michael Mauer, a road car smaller than the Panamera is possible.

It’s believed that Mauer’s design team has recently became able to focus on the 5-series-sized concept, especially as the Macan SUV and Panamera facelift are both headed to the showroom.

It’s also expected that the ‘Pajun’ (a nickname that originates from ‘Panamera junior’) would be a five-door fastback similar to its bigger brother.

Included in the plans is a Mercedes CLS-style sportwagon version. It’s possible that there will be a two-door coupé in the next decade. It is believed that there won’t be V8 and four-cylinder engines. According to insiders, the Pajun will be using the VW Group’s next-generation MSB platform.

Porsche is developing this rear-drive and all-wheel-drive architecture to be used under the next-generation Panamera. Almost all future Bentleys, together with other high-end VW Group models, will also feature it.

Furthermore, Porsche could have used Audi’s next-generation mixed-materials MLB architecture, which will also be used on the upcoming Macan SUV, as well as all its future Audi models from the A4 to A7. Nonetheless, the MLB is a natively front-wheel drive platform, which means that all versions of an MLB-based Pajun would have been all-wheel drive. A variant that’s considered unimaginable is a front-wheel-drive from Porsche.

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