Thursday Porsche confirmed some news that has been rumored for some time. The automaker will unveil its small SUV Cajun in the U.S. for 2013. Also, a new diesel Cayenne will debut stateside in 2012.
Helps fund sportier Porsche models
While sports car enthusiasts may balk, diesel and SUV sales are extremely important to German-based Porsche Automobil Holding SE. The brisker sales of these models allow Porsche to continue making edgier models like the 911, Boxster and Cayman. Nearly 13,000 Cayennes were sold in the U.S. in 2011 but just more than 6,000 of its 911 models.
The Cajun small SUV
The Cajun, designed to rival Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque, is based on the Audi Q5. It will probably pack a 235-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. The all-wheel-drive system, inspired by Audi’s Quattro drive line, will come standard.
With an investment of more than $690 million, Porsche is assembling the Cajun at its Leipsig, Germany, plant. The downsized SUV is being aimed at younger, less wealthy buyers than its more iconic sports models.
The Cayenne diesel
The Cayenne diesel is already available in Europe. The U.S. version is expected to carry the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 240 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. Porsche hopes the Cayenne diesel will help lower the company’s U.S. fuel economy rating.
According to the automaker, the European Cayenne diesel can hit 62 mph in 7.8 seconds. Not bad for an oil-burner.
Also upcoming from Porsche
Thursday’s announcement from Porsche also reaffirmed that the Panamera GTS will go on sale in the spring. Also, the new 911 Cabriolet will make its debut at the North American International Auto Show. That show starts Jan. 9 in Detroit.
Porsche hopes for more U.S. sales
The German automaker is trying to make a greater presence in the U.S. market. The company sold 29,023 units in the U.S. during 2011. It hopes to top that in 2012 by selling more than 30,000.