When Volkswagen first started taking over Porsche, word on the street was that the VW Group would take Porsche back to its roots as a sportscar marque exclusively, canceling the Cayenne and Panamera that compete in territory already covered by other brands in the group. But that approach appears to have long since been ditched in favor of further increasing Porsche's line-up, starting with the Cajun.

The smaller counterpart to the larger Cayenne SUV, the Cajun is expected to arrive around 2014. And with development now underway, Car and Driver claims to have the inside line on what we can expect.

For starters, the Cajun will be based heavily on the Audi Q5, but while its four-ringed counterpart may ride on a principally front-wheel-drive platform, the Porsche will be exclusively all-wheel drive. Because, while people may have learned to accept a four-door Porsche, a Porsche SUV or even a diesel or hybrid Porsche, the notion of a Porsche driven exclusively by the front wheels would undoubtedly be one step too far.

Hybrids and diesels could be in the mix for the Cajun as well, while conventional power is tipped to range from a 220-horsepower TFSI four up to a 350-hp supercharged V6, with six-speed manuals, seven-speed DSGs and eight-speed automatics driving through a rebranded version of Audi's Quattro drivetrain to all four wheels.

Styling would need to be sufficiently Porsche-like to differentiate the Cajun from its Q5 counterpart, with reports once again anticipating a three-door model to follow the initial five-door and take up arms against the Range Rover Evoque.


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      ld
      • 3 Years Ago
      THE Q5 IS 39%-61% REAR-BIASED. when accelerating it transfers as much as 85% of the power to the rear axle
      TheBoosch
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since when is the Q5 front wheel drive? Thought it was 40:60 rear biased quattro standard.
      Lisa M. Smith
      • 3 Years Ago
      I enjoyed driving Porsches until they became so homoginized. This rebadging of the same car under a different brand didn't work so well for Detroit. I get the economics but Porsche is loosing it's uniqueness which is what many Porsche owners covet.
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lisa M. Smith
        Well, maybe... Typically their rebadging was the same exact car with different appearances and little more. It still continues with Cadillac and Chevrolet or Ford and Lincoln. The differences between the Tahoe and the Escalade for example are a larger V8, AMP Power Steps and Cadillac badging and you can have all that (insert lol here) for an extra 20-30k. You can buy a crate V8 for 5k, power steps for about 1,300 and I doubt the badging is worth the extra 14k +. In the case of Porsche last I knew they were discussing lower and wider which means a suspension and sheetmetal change and this article says they are scrapping the entire front drivetrain for the Porsche 4 wheel drive drivetrain. That is some HUGE differences. I have no issue in sharing platforms I just wish more companies would put this sort of effort into so called rebadging by doing it to save development costs on a new vehicle. I am willing to bet you this thing looks and drives all Porsche but I will let you know because I will be at my dealer as soon as the first arrives.
      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like VW, but I'm a Porschephile first and my eyebrows are getting tired from giving the management the hawkeye stare. When the Cayenne came around, I was surprised, but learned to accept it as a necessary evil [eh, it's not evil] to bring in cash to continue funding R&D for racing and halo models like the 918. Make no mistake, without Cayenne cash we would not have that beautiful piece of Porsche to ogle. And the Panamera is much less difficult to accept than the Cayenne was. As long as they top their class in performance [which, arguably, both do now] I'm cool with it. But this Cajun really worries me. Four-wheel drive is good, 350 hp is good, but they can't just make it look like a baby Cayenne and they definitely can't make it look like a Q5 because as Decor Girl says, uniqueness is key. Seems to me that VW is looking for a real empire and until they can expand production to empire levels they can't just allow Porsche to have its little sports car segment. I liked Wiedeking, we'll see how Müller does.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 3 Years Ago
      2014 is so far away and I really want to drive one of these. I love our Q5 but a Porsche version will be great for someone who shopped the Cayenne and just can't drop that kind of money on a daily driver. Guess I will have to get the SRT-8 Grand Cherokee this winter to hold me over :)
      pwr2lbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      The name couldn't be worse! The Idea for this is right up there it seems... But Porsche always seems to pull it off.
      Sean McKinnon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully they decide to ditch the numb-feeling electric steering from the q5.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sean McKinnon
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      Anonymous
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm old-fashioned when it comes to Porsche: i feel that crossovers and SUVs are something they should not be doing. the Panamera was a stretch in order to compete with Aston Martin and Jag etc, I can handle that, but $80,000 + SUV/crossovers for rich snobby soccer moms that will Never appreciate the performance of the engine, or the brand for that matter, plus another behemoth gas guzzler that those people don't need? nothanks. Audi and VW can keep it but Porsche needs to drop it. They're known for making actual sports cars, but that's ruined now.
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Anonymous
        Silly. They have been continuing to build GREAT sports cars and these vehicles have added the cash. Porsche will tell you the Cayenne made them popular. Sorry but for me I recently got rid of my ZR1 and want this. Its a perfornace based crossover I can drive daily. It has a place and frankly I think it will be much more Porsche like then the huge SUV is. Basically they added a 4 door, SUV and a crossover. They got the market covered. Who cares who drives them as long as Porsche gets to continue the racing tradition, which they have. Most Porsche fanatics have come around to this way of thinking, hopefully you will catch up in a year or two :)
      kkakear
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as Porsche keeps improving and innovating their sports cars, they could build 3/4 ton diesel-dualie pickup trucks and I would not care (wow-imagine that; a Porsche for the horsie/ 5th wheel travel trailer crowd).
      gasolinepopsicle
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you like these ding-dong cars Porsche is coming out with (Cayenne, Panamera and now Cajun), you're simply not a Porsche purist.
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