More details emerge on Porsche’s big launches until 2017

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 by

More details have emerged on the models Porsche is working on for release in the next six years. These are a mix of facelifts, successors and all-new products.

According to a report on Automobile Magazine, the Cayman successor is likely to emerge later this year. Engines for the completely redesigned Cayman could come from the same engines that are found beneath the Boxster’s cowl – a 2.7-liter flat-six producing 261 bhp and a 3.4-liter flat-six producing 311 bhp.

Around the same time a year later, Porsche is readying the Panamera facelift for launch. The mid-life refresh could lead to a more sportier outcome with revamped headlights and bumpers featuring in the list of changes.

Porsche Panamera

Shooting brake, cabriolet and long wheelbase editions of the Panamera reportedly on the anvil

Porsche could use the mid-life facelift as a launchpad to bring in more bodystyles. According to Automobile Magazine’s report, a shooting brake, a long wheelbase model and a convertible are currently undergoing development. Porsche may postpone the introduction of the all-new Panamera by a few years as this car could have comprehensive revisions under the skin.

Porsche 918 Spyder interior

The Porsche 918 Spyder Concept car was shown at the Geneva Motor Show two years ago

2013 is a high-voltage year for the German brand as the 918 Spyder and Macan crossover are due for market introduction. The former is based on the concept showcased at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010, powered by a combination of a powerful petrol engine and three electric motors, while the latter sits on the Audi Q5 platform and is likely to share powertrain components as well.

Three years after these launches, a re-engineered Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe are being speculated. The coupe version of the Cayenne could set its aim on the BMW X6 and Mercedes Benz’ upcoming crossover on the M-Class platform. Audi is likely to join this race as well with a model positioned above the Q5, dubbed Q6. The all-new Cayenne will share components with no less than 12 SUVs from Volkswagen’s stable by the end of the decade.

In 2017, Porsche might also come up with a smaller version of the Panamera, dubbed by the media as Pajun (as in Panamera Junior). Like the Panamera itself, the shortened version could have more than one bodystyle and rely on hybrid or electric propulsion systems to bypass birth-restricting emission standards.

[Source – Automobilemag.com]

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