2011 Porsche Cayenne S

2011 Porsche Cayenne S

Porsche is set to introduce a compact SUV based on the Audi Q5 in 2014 and to emphasize its sportiness may offer the vehicle with a distinct three-door body in addition to a standard five-door model. This should help differentiate the vehicle from its Audi sibling and help it compete with the likes of the Range Rover Evoque, which also features both bodystyles.

Porsche is yet to confirm the name of its second SUV but is informally calling it the Cajun, short for Cayenne Junior. It will be built at Porsche’s plant in Leipzig, Germany though it will ride on the same modular longitudinal platform used in the Q5. Unlike the Audi, the Porsche will be strictly all-wheel drive and will reportedly feature unique brake hardware and stability control systems.

The engines, however, will be all Audi, with Porsche engineers said to be only tuning them slightly for increased power and a distinct sound. The lineup should consist of a turbocharged 2.0-liter model with 220 horsepower as the base Cajun, followed by a mid-level 3.0-liter turbodiesel with between 250 and 300 horsepower, and a range-topping supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 model with around 350 horsepower.

This diesel variant is unlikely to be offered in the U.S., though we may get a high-performance hybrid model feature the upcoming Audi Q5 Hybrid’s drivetrain. In the Audi, the gasoline-electric setup returns 208 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and an additional 44 horsepower from an electric motor.

Drive would be sent to all four wheels via a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, and if built the hybrid Cajun would get an eight-speed automatic.

[Car and Driver]