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We Hear: Porsche Pajun a "Difficult Decision," but Still on Table

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/16/2014 Karla Sanchez

Porsche has reportedly been working on a baby Panamera for quite some time now, but it appears as though we won't be seeing one anytime soon. Porsche boss Matthias Muller told Autocar that despite the plan being one of his favorite ideas, bringing the so-called Pajun to market is still a very "difficult decision."

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That's because so much has been invested in the 2015 Macan. Although the Cayenne is the best-seller now, the Macan is expected to help boost the automaker's bottom line so it can pay for more pet projects like the 918 Spyder. Porsche doubled its factory capacity and aims to sell 50,000 units a year when it finally comes to market. "It has been a huge effort for the whole company," said Muller in the report. © Provided by MotorTrend

Despite that, the CEO says the thought of a baby Panamera is still one of his favorite ideas, even though he says the company has many. If the Pajun (an internal code name that stands for Panamera Junior) ever gets greenlit for production, it could go head to head with midsize luxury sedans like the Maserati Ghibli, BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but also the Mercedes CLS-Class, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, and the Audi A7 because as we've reported before, the Pajun may be sold with coupe, convertible, and shooting brake variants.

Regardless of body style, the Pajun was rumored to launch with four V-6 powerplants. The Pajun S would use a 3.0-liter V-6 producing around 320 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque, while the Pajun Turbo will bolt two turbos onto that mill, boosting power to 420 hp and 413 lb-ft of toque. The other two engine offerings will both be Audi-sourced 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesels -- a 260-hp unit in the Pajun Diesel, and a 320-hp version in the Pajun Diesel S. A Pajun Hybrid combining the 3.0-liter V-6 with a 100-hp electric motor, and a Pajun Turbo S producing 520 hp and 501 lb-ft of torque are also still on the table. The Pajun will ride on the MSB platform, which will support either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

“You’ll have to wait and see," Muller told Autocar. "But every dollar we hold, we can spend only once. We can realize that idea [for a sub-Panamera model], or another, or a third or fourth. We have many ideas.”

We Hear: Porsche Pajun a "Difficult Decision," but Still on Table

We initially expected the Pajun to arrive in showrooms around 2016, but it appears we may have to wait a bit longer.

Source: Autocar

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