Rumours have been going around about the news of Porsche releasing a baby Cayenne for a really long time now, and for a brief moment people were even referring to it as the Roxster. Now Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has confirmed that a baby Cayenne is indeed on the way, stating that a new entry level SUV is in the works.
They’ve even given a name for it, Cajun. First Cayenne, now Cajun. Sounds like stuff you’d find on a spice rack. Nevertheless the reason for adding an entry level SUV is no doubt to boost sales. People still love their SUVs but they have started downsizing even that bodytype, and car companies are on the ball – just look at the Range Rover Evoque.
I wonder if Porsche will build it on the Q5 platform or the Tiguan platform. A bespoke platform is unlikely. Although you’d expect the almost similiarly sized Q5 and Tiguan to be based on the same platform (as with the Touareg, Q7 and Cayenne), the Tiguan is Golf-based with a transverse engine layout while the Q5 is basically a jacked up A4 platform with a longitudinal engine layout. A Q5-based Cayenne seems more likely.
Winterkorn adds that the company plans to double sales figures of the Porsche brand to 150,000 units by 2013. Porsche is expected to release the new Cajun (whatever the name might end up being) model sometime in 2015.