2017 Porsche Panamera test mule spy shotsEnlarge Photo
Short for “Panamera Junior,” the somewhat unmusical Pajun name is one we won’t have to hear in production terms for another five years, at least, according to the latest reports.
Whether the Pajun nickname sticks through or not, the car itself will be delayed until at least 2019, according to CAR. Without citing a specific source, CAR says the Pajun was originally scheduled for launch sometime before 2018, but has now been pushed back to the next cycle.
The reasoning for the delay in pursuing the Pajun? In part, at least, due to a need to keep investments to a minimum for larger corporate reasons within the Volkswagen Group—or so explains CAR.
Rumors of the Pajun have persisted so long as to be taken for granted in Porsche’s product plans, with the last reports from this January pointing at the Maserati Ghibli, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, BMW 5-Series, and Jaguar XF as key competitors for the car.
While the Pajun remains too far off to speculate precisely about powertrains, performance, or other key details, the rumors have consistently pegged both diesel and gasoline variants to be in the plans, with a hybrid version seeming a likely addition given the 2019-or-later timeline.
In the meantime, we should be treated to a new version of the Pajun's bigger alternative, the Panamera, likely in time for the 2017 model year. Pictured above as a test mule during development, the 2017 Porsche Panamera is expected to be based around a new, lighter-weight platform among other upgrades.