Steane Klose | Oct 19, 2011

Porsche has announced a $685 million investment in a new production facility in Leipzig, Germany. The new facility will be the production centre for Porsche’s upcoming ‘junior’ SUV, the Cajun, which is expected to arrive on dealer forecourts in late 2013.

Aimed at younger buyers, the Cajun is expected to cost significantly less than the Cayenne - the brand's best-selling model.

Just as the Cayenne shares its platform with Volkswagen's Touareg and the Audi Q7, the Cajun will be built on the same platform underpinning the Audi Q5 compact SUV.

Little has been revealed about the Cajun's technical details, although the Audi Q5 offers engines ranging from a 2.0 litre TDI to a 3.2 litre FSI petrol engine developing 200kW and 330Nm of torque.

It is rumoured that diesel variants of the Cajun could also include the choice of a 186 kW 3.0-liter V6 TDI or a 231 kW of the same engine. A hybrid variant is also expected, and will likely be based around the 2.0 litre FSI petrol engine.

The Cajun will be the fifth model in the Porsche line-up, and its introduction comes as part of a push from within the Volkswagen Group to make Porsche a bigger contributor to the organisation's plan for sales dominance.

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