'Tis the season, or so they say. But we're not talking about the holidays. We're talking about the season for cold-weather testing of new prototypes up in northern Sweden. After our intrepid shutter-bugs snapped an updated Mercedes-Benz GLK taking its licks in the snow way up there near the arctic circle, now they've caught this Audi Q5 test mule.

Only appearances can be deceiving. Because while this may look like a Q5 – or even a high-performance Q5-RS – what we're actually looking at is a prototype for the upcoming Porsche Cajun.

The highly anticipated baby brother to the Cayenne will benefit from the synergies of belonging to the Volkswagen Group, hence the Q5 platform and – until we see otherwise – the Q5's sheetmetal. The major difference is in the wheel wells: bigger alloys, bigger brakes, and a wider track than the existing Audi.

The running gear (read: powertrain) is expected to be fine-tuned by Porsche engineers for a sportier attitude. We're expecting hybrid and even three-door versions (the latter to target the Range Rover Evoque), but for now we'll just have to gaze upon a wolf in sheep's clothing. Check it out in the high-res image gallery from the frozen tundra – you won't even have to put on your parka.


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      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Audi mule looks good with the black trim and wheels. Porsche really needs to stay with sports cars. Instead of big sedans and SUV's they should be working on a new smaller car MR2 sized.
      tump
      • 3 Years Ago
      Color me interested in the three door. :D
      superchan7
      • 3 Years Ago
      How can one tell that the Q5 body is a disguise?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @superchan7
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        Ikazuchi
        • 3 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        No kidding. Any proof that this is a Porsche or just wild speculation?
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ikazuchi
          You post this an hour after Michael quotes the article, and you still missed it?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        Those are Porsche wheels...
          tylermars.design
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          i think what sc0rch3d is trying to say is i can throw camaro wheels on a g8, doesn't make it a camaro. but i doubt this would be posted without being confirmed by vw group.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Highly anticipated" by whom?
      Halldór Björn Halldó
      Even if they'll throw a Porsche cape over that car it'll still always be a boring Audi to me.
      Zitao Liao
      • 3 Years Ago
      from where can you find the clue that it's a porsche....
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      "the Cayenne will benefit from the synergies of belonging to the Volkswagen Group" sounds an awful lot like badge engineering.
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