Now that we’ve all seen the next-generation Porche 911 in its true form, the next big project for Porsche engineers is the upcoming baby SUV, the Q5 based Porsche Cajun.
If you’re thinking, but this is just a Q5, you’d be wrong because it’s actually a Cajun mule testing on the Nürburgring. Of course it doesn’t show any of the real details of the Cajun’s styling but we can see that the track will be wider due to the black fender flares. But the fact that it was driving into the Porsche test facility is proof enough for us to believe that this really is the Cajun mule.
The Cajun will share its platform with the Q5 but Porsche will fine-tune the chassis plus upgrade the brakes. Engine and transmission is expected to be sourced directly from Audi, both petrol and diesel. No doubt Porsche will give it the Stuttgart treatment to breath more life into the Cajun.
With all manufacturers working hard to bring their average CO2 emission down to 130 g/km by 2015, the Porsche Cajun will more than likely be offered with the hybrid-drivetrain known from the Q5, meaning a 2.0-litre TFSI delivering about 156kW combined with a 33kW electric motor.
If the Cajun repeats the success of the Cayenne, Porsche will be well underway to achieve its ambitious sales targets. We suspect the Cajun will also eventually be offered as a two door version as well. We certainly wouldn’t mind a Porsche based on the Audi Q6.