Porsche ’s latest un-Porsche-like phenomenon, the Panamera , has enjoyed enormous success on the market, so it’s not at all surprising that the Stuttgart based company is offering an alternative for those looking for a smaller sedan with the same level of luxury. With this idea in mind, the company is now developing the Pajun (Panamera Junior).
Rumors say that the next Pajun will most likely be a rear-wheel-drive model and will be offered with a choice of V6 engines, going from a standard 260 HP version up to a twin-turbo with 520 HP for the Turbo S version. Just like its bigger sedan brother, the next Pajun will also be offered with a hybrid version.
The future Pajun will be built on the company’s new MSB platform and will be offered with some of the most impressive features on the market, like ceramic brakes, dual-clutch PDK transmission, air suspension, four-wheel drive, torque vectoring, and more.
The only downside to this, other than the rants from people who do not approve of the un-sportscar models from Porsche, is that we are all going to have to wait until 2016 before the Porsche Pajun debuts.
Porsche is quickly trying to fill up the high end luxury market with a variety of models for every need. The 911 is a classic sports car with a recently revealed new generation, the Cayenne is a successful SUV that some people thought would never work, and the Panamera is the company’s sports sedan that offers comfort for the kids and speed for the parents. It seems they have all aspects covered, but now the German automaker is filling in the gaps between these models with miniature versions. We are all well aware of the baby Cayenne - the Cajun - that should debut in 2013, but now the company is said to be working on a baby Panamera as well. This future baby model is currently being dubbed the Pajun (Panamera Junior) and is expected to be unveiled in 2016.
The upcoming Pajun will most likely be a rear-wheel-drive model and will be offered with a range of turbocharged direct-injection V6 engine developing between 400 and 550 HP. It is also believed that Porsche will offer a 3.0 liter TDI with an output of 265 HP and a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 that will deliver an impressive 600 HP. A hybrid version might also be a possibility.
The future Pajun will be offered in a five-door coupe version first with a sporty shooting brake variant 12 months later. Sedan and convertible variants will also be offered. Before any of that, however, we will get a facelift for the Panamera , as well as a Panamera Coupe . These new models will be produced to help Porsche achieve their goal of increasing sales to 200,000 units a year.
UPDATE 05/31/2012: Automobilemag has uncovered new details on the upcoming Pajun set to be unveiled in 2017. The magazine reports that the Pajun will only be offered with V6 engines, with power ranging from 260 HP for the base versions, up to 420 HP and 413 lb-ft for the Pajun Turbo, and 520 HP and 501 lb-ft for the Pajun Turbo S. Just like the next generation Panamera, the future Pajun will be built on the company’s new MSB platform-modular sports car matrix and will be offered with some of the most impressive features on the market, like ceramic brakes, dual-clutch PDK transmission, air suspension, four-wheel drive, torque vectoring, and more.
Updated 07/06/2012: Today we have a new rendering for you for the upcoming Porsche Pajun. We hope you like it!
In the past few months or so, Porsche has revealed that they are planning the production of a new model to be placed under the current Panamera. We’re not really sure why they are planning this, but it probably has something to do with the fact that the Panamera has been very well-received in spite of the huffs and puffs of Porsche fanatics wanting the company to stick to sports cars. Until now, rumors of this future Pajun (Panamera Junior) model will be offered only as a sedan, but now German magazine Autobild is reporting that Porsche will also be offering a Pajun station wagon and that both will arrive in 2017.
The future Pajun will be built on an entirely new platform and will be offered with a new range of engines: six-cylinder gasoline units with 320, 420, and 520 HP and a six-cylinder diesel engine with up to 313 HP. It will especially target models like the Mercedes E-Class.
The future Porsche Pajun will be priced at about €65,000, or about $85,000 at the current exchange rates.