Smaller Porsche SUV might be named Cajun

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 25, 2010

It’s no secret anymore that Porsche is preparing a new small SUV which will be based on the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Audi Q5. What we didn’t know until now is that the new so-called baby-Cayenne might be named Cajun.

These words came from VW CEO Martin Winterkorn in an interview with German magazineDer Spiegel, who also added that the new small SUV will be introduced in order to boost Porsche sales.

Furthermore, Porsche could also introduce a new small sports car, based on the Volkswagen BlueSport Concept, introduced back in 2009 at the Detroit Auto Show. Apparently, the German brand is considering expanding its lineup in order to double sales in the medium term to 150,000 cars and SUVs.

So, what we will see is in fact a Cayenne reduced in size, but the big surprise remains under the hood. Although there are no details available, we might take a guess that the new small SUV could receive the fuel-efficient V6 and diesel engines found on the Cayenne but with a reduced capacity.

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne is available with a 3.6-liter V6 petrol engine delivering 300 hp and capable to push the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.5 seconds.

This engine delivers an average fuel consumption of less than 10 l/100 km (28.3 mpg). Also, the new Cayenne comes with a 3.0-liter diesel engine delivering 240 hp, 550 Nm of torque and a fuel consumption of just 9.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (28.5 mpg).

The smaller SUV could receive the popular 2.0-liter TDI engine found also on the Tiguan, while a 2.0-liter TFSI petrol engine makes perfect sense. Regarding a turbo version of the car, a supercharged 3.0-liter petrol engine found on the Audi S4 and delivering 333 hp would be perfect. Still, we have to wait and see what Porsche thinks.

Topics: porsche, crossover

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