• Porsche Tinkering with a Minivan Concept is Why the Unseen Campaign is Awesome

We didn’t see this never-before-seen concept coming

Porsche’s “Porsche Unseen” campaign is the gift that keeps on giving. We’ve already seen two teasers of models that never made it to production, and now, the German automaker has dropped the third teaser of what looks to be a concept that goes against everything we thought Porsche stood for. The teaser doesn’t do much in showing the actual car, but a quick edit of the image’s brightness and exposure reveals a car that Porsche describes as a “futuristic vehicle with an autonomous driving mode.” It’s not exactly a pillar of everything that Porsche stands for, is it? There’s more to the teaser, too, specifically what the image editing reveals about its interior. Of all the teasers that Porsche has released for its Porsche Unseen campaign, this one is undoubtedly the most curious of them all.

What do we make of this teaser image?

Honestly, it’s hard to say. We know Porsche as an automaker that designs some of the sexiest cars known to man, but based on what we saw from this teaser with a little image manipulation, it doesn’t look like the sexy or sporty type of Porsche that we’re accustomed to.

Porsche says that the concept is a vision of what a Porsche could look like in the future.

It comes with a one-piece body and features autonomous driving mode. It also comes with an interior where the driver’s seat is located in the middle, a la the McLaren F1 and the more recent T.50 supercar.

The German automaker also remarked on a spacious lounge in the back where passengers can enjoy all the comfort they could get. That doesn’t sound like a Porsche supercar, does it? Last we checked, the rear seats of a Porsche 911 Turbo S aren’t what you’d call “spacious.” Quite the opposite, in fact.

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And those headlamps? If we didn’t know any better, we’d think this was a new concept for the Renault Cactus, not a Porsche-designed futuristic car that never made it to production.

But the most curious thing about this concept is how round and bulbous it looks. Those front fenders don’t scream “supercar!,” at least not in the traditional sense. The concept isn’t as wide as you’d expect from a performance car, too. So if it’s not a sports car or a supercar or even a luxury four-door saloon like the Panamera, what could this concept be?

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Our best guess is something like a minivan, which is ridiculous enough to think about let alone type into existence. Granted, minivans aren’t exactly ground-breaking territory for Porsche. The German automaker once created the B32, the Porsche 911-powered Volkswagen T3 van that we just featured on these pages.

Fewer than 20 units of the B32 were made between 1983 and 1985, making it one of the rarest minivans in history.

So, was this concept supposed to be the successor to the B32? It’s hard to say without seeing the whole thing in its entirety, but let it be said that Porsche isn’t above venturing into uncharted territory if it means making money out of it. A futuristic Porsche minivan with a spacious, lounge-like interior, a center-mounted driver’s seat, and autonomous driving capability is something that Porsche designers could’ve created — even if it never made it to production.

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