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Porsche Cajun With The Official Green-Light Given


Porsche has set the goal of 200,000 vehicles by 2018 and the Cajun is expected to be the anchor in doing so. With the official green-light given to the the entry-level crossover in November, the Cajun is designed to
attract new and younger customers. The Cajun will be an "efficient and sporty model" with "typical Porsche features such as light weight, ease of handling and agility."

The Cajun will be very similar to the Audi Q5 in mostly every way because after all, they are just about brothers. The Porsche will be dimensionally similar to the Q5, albeit slightly lower, shorter, and wider. What really differentiates the vehicle’s stance is the wider nineteen- and twenty-inch wheels, as they add the bit of bling that the Audi lacked.

All exterior and interior panels will be new, but the windshield angle, the firewall, and the roof pillars have to remain as they are on the Audi. To give drivers that classic Porsche sporting feel, the Cajun receives its own sporty seats, a different steering column, and the dashboard from the upcoming Boxster.

The massive center stack rises at an angle like Porsche’s sedan, the Panamera. Although the base model is a four-seater, a five-seat option will be offered at a later date. Although the Panamera was sinfully ugly, the interior was something to behold, albeit a little confusing to use with all those buttons. We imagine that the Cajun’s interior will do without some of those sporty buttons that the Panamera had.

Overall, unlike the first generation Cayenne, the Cajun looks pretty good. Imagine a shrunken Cayenne or a raised up 911 and you’ll get the idea. We don’t expect much from Porsche’s design team, but it’s not bad at all.


In an interview at the Paris auto show with industry publication Automotive News, Walter de’ Silva, VW Group’s design chief, said, "I really hope to be able to add something positive to Porsche’s new models, which will remain coherent with the great tradition of Porsche...The Cajun will be the first new Porsche created under my influence."

Along with the body structure of the Audi, the Cajun will be using the Audi’s chassis, steering, axles, and Quattro drivetrain. Some of the benefits from having so many fantastic companies under one room. Power will come from a 3.0-liter V-6, jacked up to put out 290 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Amazingly, there is a chance that Americans will be able to get the diesel motor too.

In addition to those two, there is a Cajun Turbo S on Porsche’s minds. It features the company’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 350 hp. Being a Porsche it will come with a few tweaks, including the Sport Chrono pack with launch control, excellent brakes with optional carbon-ceramic discs, wheels and tires, and a complete exhaust system including a switchable free-flow sport muffler.

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