Porsche’s Proposed Pajun Targeting Mercedes-Benz CLS: Report

2013 Porsche Panamera facelift spy shots

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At some point, in the future, Porsche may opt to build a second sedan model to complement it’s highly successful Panamera. If such a model does see the light of day, it may or may not be called the Pajun, which is the rumored development name of a downsized Porsche sedan.

That’s what we accept as fact today., and it’s even more than Porsche is willing to commit in writing. That hasn’t stopped other media outlets from speculating on what the Pajun will bring to market in 2018, some six years distant.

If Automobile is correct, the Pajun will come with V-6 engine options only, including a  3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel sourced from Audi. In base Pajun Diesel trim, the engine is expected to make some 260 horsepower, but in Pajun Diesel S form could be good for as much as 320 horsepower.

If you’d prefer that gasoline power your Pajun, two 3.0-liter V-6 options are said to be in the works. On the mild side, there’s a normally aspirated V-6, good for an estimated 320 horsepower. For those wanting a Pajun in faster-acting form, a twin-turbo variant of the same engine should produce some 420 horsepower.

If that’s still not schell enough for you, you’ll have to wait for the Pajun Turbo S, rumored to have a 520 horsepower V-6. If green is your thing instead, you’ll be able to opt for a Pajun Hybrid that pairs its 3.0-liter V-6 with a 100 horsepower electric motor.

Pajun will compete with a number of German luxury sport sedans, but its primary competitors will be the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the Audi A7 Sportback and the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. Two body styles are said to be under development, including a "five-door coupe" and a shooting brake, because “station wagon” doesn’t sound nearly as sexy.

While we’re reading tea leaves to tell the future, the Pajun is expected to be priced between $80,000 and $130,000, but it’s not clear if Automobile is referring to 2012 dollars or 2018 dollars. It’s equally unclear what the dollar will be worth in six years, which makes speculation on pricing that much more tenuous.

If Porsche pursues the Pajun, let’s just say that pricing will begin below the Panamera, and will slot in above the Audi A7 Sportback but under the BMW Gran Coupe. Is that the “sweet spot” that will allow Porsche to remain profitable while creeping towards its goal of 200,000 annual sales?

We’re not sure, and we doubt Porsche is, either. If they were, the Pajun would be more than just one of several development projects in Weissach.

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