The increasing demand for sports utility vehicles has convinced many carmakers to jump into the craze. Porsche is definitely not new to the SUV game, as it has already been 15 years since it launched the Cayenne. In 2014, Porsche introduced the Macan. With the still surging demand for SUVs, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Porsche decides to launch another unit, this time a more compact crossover.
How would this new compact SUV look like? It might not be hard to imagine, considering that Porsche already has two SUV offerings. The German luxury sports car maker just needs to take the cues of the Cayenne and the Macan, and apply them in a more compact package. But a certain automotive designer Emre Husmen of Salzburg, Austria posted a number of images in his social account in Behance depicting a new compact SUV from Porsche.
Working as a transportation designer for KISKA GmbH with previous employment at Ford and Fiat, Husmen rendered an interesting concept of a new Porsche SUV. It is interesting since this compact SUV concept isn’t derived from the Porsche Cayenne or Macan, but from the carmaker’s world-renowned staple sports car – the 911. Much more interesting is the fact that Husmen’s creation isn’t just a typical 911, but the version with a targa top – the Porsche 911 Targa. As per Husmen’s word, his work is a 911 package in an SUV. Its name? Husmen baptized his new creation as the Porsche 911X Targa.
Porsche originated the Targa name, as it was first used on the 1966 Porsche 911 Targa. This 911 derivative has continued to live until this day, with the latest iteration will be the upcoming 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS.
As for the Porsche 911X Targa, it is basically a transformation of the 911 sports car into an SUV. As a result, a number of changes were made. For instance, the 911X Targa SUV is higher than the sports car and features higher ground clearance. It also features large wheels and larger wheel arches to accommodate them. Its front end is also larger, and basically features a rougher face and tougher stance that a regular 911. Its SUV-like attributes include the underbody protection, and we are guessing that it offers four-wheel capabilities.
There is a lot more that Husmen’s design indicates. It is high-tech in nature, possibly possessing features like side cameras and touch-enabled doors (also through smartphone apps), as deduced from the absence of side mirrors and door handles. Also noticeable is the absence of grilles and air intakes on the front end, which may mean that the Porsche 911X Targa could be an electrified SUV.