The Porsche Panamera is a bit of an oddity, in that it is a full-bore sports car but is also a four-door full-size luxury sedan the size of a battleship. Porsche is known to be working on a smaller four-door, called the Pajun, which is confirmed for release in 2017.
Smaller four-door car forthcoming from Porsche
A Porsche with four doors seems almost like blasphemy. However, the two four-door vehicles made by the venerable sports car maker, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sedan, have done fairly well. So well that Porsche is working on two smaller versions of both.
One is the SUV formerly known as the Cajun, which is now going to be called the Macan, according to MotorTrend. The crossover is based on the Audi Q5, given Porsche’s corporate relationship with Volkswagen and thus Audi. It arrives in 2013.
Next up is a sedan, smaller than the Panamera. The car has been nicknamed the Pajun, which is said to stand for “Panamera Junior.”
Nothing compact about price or power
So far, the only information about the price, according to Reuters, is from the German car magazine “Auto Bild,” which recently reported that the car is going to be in production by 2017 and will be competing with cars like the Mercedes E Class and BMW 5 series. AutoBild also reports that it will cost between 65,000 euros (about $84,000) to 100,000 euros.
According to AutoGuide, the car is going to have a range of engines, most of which will be six-cylinders, from 320 horsepower and up. A turbocharged V-8, according to AutoBlog, good for 600 horsepower, has also been rumored. Naturally, that would be for the Turbo edition, just as with the Panamera Turbo. A plug-in hybrid, as with other Porsche models, may also be a possibility. A 313-horsepower diesel engine is also said to be in the pipeline, according to AutoGuide.
A bit costly
The overall goal for Porsche is to bump up the number of models to seven over the next few years, according to Reuters, and increase global sales to 200,000 units per year. The sales goal might be unattainable if the sedan starts at $84,000, as the larger Panamera costs $75,850 for the base model. Trying to compete with the E Class or BMW 5 Series at that price point would not be prudent, as both start at less than $60,000.
It also is not likely to be called the Pajun. AutoBlog ran the name through Google Translate and found that the name means “Cajun” in Welsh.