The UK’s Autocar reports that the new and long-rumoured lift-back model - dubbed in the press as Pajun for 'Panamera Junior' - will offer an all-electric variant, citing comments from Porsche chairman Matthias Müller in the German media.
The new model could be based on the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept from the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and would also likely feature ‘conventional’ petrol and/or diesel engines.
Whether these internal combustion engines will be matched with a hybrid-electric drive-train in any way is unclear, but it’s the reported all-electric version that is raising eyebrows.
The Pajun EV would reportedly aim to challenge the Model S on both range and performance, with the Tesla offering around 390km of range and a 0-100km/h time of 6.2 seconds in its entry-level model for Australia.
Porsche is believed to be focusing on lightweight materials and hot-formed, high-strength steel for the Pajun, with the goal of making the new model lighter than the Model S’s 2190kg.
Volkswagen’s MSB platform will reportedly form the basis for the Pajun, which is the same platform underpinning the larger Panamera sedan.
While competing on performance and range, it is unclear whether a future Pajun EV would also compete on price with the Tesla Model S priced from $91,400 in the Australian market.
Also unclear is exactly when the Pajun may appear in showrooms, with a report from earlier this year suggesting the new model has been delayed until 2019 - at best.
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