Presently, the new 2011 Cayenne is Porsche’s best-selling model (especially in North America). Thus, it makes sense that the automaker will be producing a new one.
Porsche announced earlier this week that it has given the go-ahead to build the so-called Cajun crossover. Base models will reportedly receive a new 3.0-liter V-6, producing nearly 290 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A Cajun Turbo S model would reportedly bolt a pair of turbochargers on the same engine, boosting its output by roughly 50 horsepower. A diesel V-6 is also likely to be added to appease European consumers, but it could also make its way to North America.
The Cajun will likely utilize Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, but Porsche may supply most — if not all — of the engines fitted underhood.
Timing, pricing, and even the finalized model name, however, are still up in the air. Early estimates suggest Porsche could move roughly 50,000 examples of the new SUV on an annual basis. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the baby Porsche SUV priced between the Q5 ($35,550) and the Cayenne ($46,700), and launch in late 2011 or early 2012. Although officials have previously referred to the vehicle as the Cajun, Porsche notes the name is simply a working title, and may change before reaching production.
via Porsche courtesy of Motor Trend Staff