Many Porsche lovers may not have been all that excited about the German auto manufacturer’s decision to produce the brand’s first SUV, the Cayenne, but these same people just about screamed when they heard that Porsche was also developing a smaller version of the Cayenne, the Cajun. Sorry to say, but they can’t all be911s, guys. No matter how much we all want them to be.

Still, we’re playing along with the whole Porsche SUV thing because well, as much as we don’t want to admit it, the idea of a speedy people hauler is appealing. And to satisfy this innate need to go fast during "our" time and still be able to transport the kids safely, Porsche is bringing out the Cajun sometime in 2013. This crossover-type model will be based loosely on the Audi Q5, utilizing its chassis, steering, axles, and Quattro drivetrain. It will be powered by a 3.0L V6 engine producing 290hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is just enough for some, but we may need to opt for the Cajun Turbo S which will get a twin turbo 3.0L V6 with 350hp.

Porsche’s goal with the Cajun is to provide an efficient and sporty model that will be all the things we want in a car: lightweight, easy to handle, and agile. It will come out first as a four-seater, but a model set to seat five should debut at a later date.

It may not be a 911, but at least it’s not as confused as the Panamera. Don’t even get us started on that model.


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  (2) posted on 08.12.2011

I would add, I also don’t believe in patented, exclusive technology. For example: I read of Morgan cars (expensive, rare cars) that can now fuel themselves with the air around them, yet they have had no publicity in the states, and why aren’t we putting this technology in all cars already? I think the answer might be that it is patented and exclusive to cars that are neither practical or priced affordably. Honestly, if I had the money, I would choose a house. That being said, with where are money seems to be going, what car around is actually affordable to purchase in full for most of us? To lease, maybe, but too many risks.

  (2) posted on 08.12.2011

I’m going to try and be as constructive and critical of this car as I can. I think mpg counts for all cars being considered, first and foremost, but I also realize an engine like this, perhaps even a hybrid or diesel isn’t going to get the mileage most 5 passenger cars get these days. My old Stratus gets less mileage than 28city/28 highway, which is offered with a hybrid suv from Toyota. To further consider that, it is a people carrier, but I mostly drive alone, as most people do - to my amazement, they even drive alone in large suburbans, I see. Today I saw someone park their suv and keep the engine running, so I think people really do live under a rock when it comes to what MPG actually means. Miles per gallon: when you achieve less miles per gallon of fuel on the road, you have to pay more money for gas than higher-mpg cars, and it’s believed it to be bad for the environment if your car requires more fuel than what a higher-mpg car needs. Also, vehicles with hybrid engines are PZEV (partial zero-emission vehicle). That means you can drive on a battery and not use any gas for a certain duration, at a low speed in town and also while stopped at a light or in the drive-thru, in order to prevent polluting the air. To pollute means to put gases in the air from spent fuel. I don’t see how being witness to SUVs everywhere in the US isn’t an absolute nightmare for most people who understand these basics. Now, I would buy this car for reasons being it’s a sports car and would be fun, comfortable, and capable for more than just the highway. Also I don’t drive often, I follow the speed limit (always), and I know Porsche is making strides in better fuel-efficiency in their cars-albeit sports cars in a time when the typical sports engine that gets less than 30 mpg on the highway. My 95 stratus by dodge may make over 30 on the highway - it has mixed data online when trying to find that info. When comparing I would make similar mileage, but no way would a cajun be my only car-first it would have to be either a hybrid, or combination hybrid-alternative fuel (maybe diesel or ethanol - both cleaner than unleaded gas). I understand they need customers though, in order to fulfill that kind of demand, demand that might be more common than I think (yeah, and can’t ever stop counting how many suvs are driving on concrete?) I heard from someone that the most insane suv to drive for errands in town would need to be refilled every half-hour so long as they’re driving for around that long. $100 down the hole, getting them (and us) nowhere. Plus, there are no government ordinances on what a car or category vehicle should achieve in terms of mpg. And a lot of times I see that hybrid technology has indicated far less mpg for SUVs than what we’d have with alternative-fuel. Alternative fuel would substitute what has been used excessively for decades now, and it would mean only a chance at cleaner air. Want to know the other two cars I would buy if winning the lottery? I would want a Prius as an everyday, all-season car, also a Jetta Sportwagen by VW, both of these cars make excellent mpg. But besides those two, I would consider the Cajun if it is a good offroader for winter when its needed. Besides winter, it would offer something for dirt roads after a rain. I agree that 4x4 drive is essential, just not as agreeable as I’d like it to be. So, I would pass on the larger stuff, the vanity gas guzzlers, and the people-carriers. You need to ask - what types of roads, for how many people, in what seasonal changes, road conditions and affordability. I see that the Cayenne is great and all, but the only reason I’d buy it is to advance the technology available for it, and that costs money. Plus, to even initially consider it over the Panamera, I have to ask: Do I really need a 5-passenger, large-sized SUV when I drive alone? On second thought, I might consider the cargo area, but it just doesn’t appear rugged and ready for offroad conditions.

  (157) posted on 01.20.2011

seem a bit with the Cajun identity does not match. Then, the true colors of Cajun Porsche new car in the end, we can still wait and see.

  (743) posted on 01.20.2011

the exposure of the Cajun rendering the figure, both five-door design, so the picture should be issued with the final design there are still many gaps, especially the Cayman is very similar to the headlights and taillights neither fish nor fowl

  (701) posted on 01.19.2011

you praised it too much dude, this is just a render, and there are still no words from the exec if this will turn over to the production line. oh well i guess we have to wait for further announcement for the cajun.

  (806) posted on 01.19.2011

i love this car in every angle, it looks classy and elegant. plus the curve of the car is perfect to lessen the air drag. so what are you looking for? this car has it all, sporty and aggressive or Classy and elegant? you can only find it here at CAJUN.

  (65) posted on 01.19.2011

Q5 contender but considering the proportions between the wheels and car size, it’s more likely a contender/replacement of the Cayenne!

  (151) posted on 01.19.2011

Nice taxi smiley To bad the reflexions do not match! I’m guessing this one will have the price of 3 Mazda, Hyndai or other condenders!

  (937) posted on 01.19.2011

It will be powered by a 3.0L V6 engine producing 290hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

  (386) posted on 01.19.2011

This porsche 2013 render a great value of agile,lightweight, and easy to handle.

  (807) posted on 01.18.2011

Hyundai tucson and mazda cx7 would be the best CUV to compete with this porsche, but for sure this is just a de-tuned porsche cayenne.

  (780) posted on 01.18.2011

great looking suv or should i say CUV, i think that Cajun is ready to compete with Japaneses and Koreans crossover vehicles.

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