According to the latest reports from Automotive News, it appears that Audi will develop the next generation Porsche Cayenne, Vw Touareg and Audi Q7 SUVs, in the furutre.
For those who don’t know, Porsche has currently the responsibility for engineering the three models, but it appears that the decision to transfer the development to Audi was taken after Porsche was chosen to lead the development of large luxury sedans and sports cars within VW group.
"This decision was made in agreement with all of the brands involved and will create synergies throughout the group to the benefit of both the brand and the customers," said an Audi spokesman, who confirmed the decision.
Furthermore, Audi will also develop the new Porsche small SUV dubbed Cajun, which will be based on the Audi Q5. This decision is also expected to end a conflict over development responsibilities between the Audi and Porsche brands.
Apparently, this conflict started when Vw announced that wants to integrate as its 10th brand. Regarding the next-generation Cayenne, don’t expect this model too soon, as the new generation made its debut in March, at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
Still, the new Audi Q7 is due to go on sale in two years, and according to our sources the development is almost complete.
The German sports car maker developed the new Cayenne in accordance to the principle of Porsche Intelligent Performance, which aims to get more power on less fuel while achieving greater efficiency, as well as lower carbon dioxide emissions.
In fact, three of the five Cayenne models are well below the fuel consumption limit of 10 liters per 100 kilometers (New European Driving Cycle). Moreover, the range has two models which carbon dioxide emissions levels per kilometer are below 200 grams: Cayenne Diesel (at 195 g/km) and the Cayenne S Hybrid (at 193 g/km).
Porsche was able significantly reduce of fuel consumption across the Cayenne range thanks to a number of measures, like the employment of the carmaker’s new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission with Auto Start Stop and a wider range of gear increments.
In addition, the new Cayenne employs engine thermal management on the engine and transmission cooling circuit, variable overrun cut-off as well as recuperation of the on-board network. In addition, Porsche has always pursued intelligent lightweight construction as well as consistent weight reduction.
Interestingly, the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo is lighter than its predecessor by around 185 kg (or 410 lbs), while benefitting from higher levels of product substance and all-round safety. This was achieved by pursuing a weight-optimized mix of materials and concept changes on the overall vehicle, like employing a new, extra-light all-wheel drive system. A lighter Cayenne Turbo means better performance, agility and handling, as well as lower fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
Overall, these measures allowed the new Porsche Cayenne to offer greater degree of driving pleasure, better everyday driving attributes, improved comfort as well as superb sporty elegance. The next generation of the Cayenne also benefits from a new design that aligns its more with the Porsche family. The next-gen Cayenne is provided a Porsche-typical form and shape that help convey its performance on the road.