With all major German car companies launching their small SUVs, Porsche couldn’t afford to stay behind, so here are the latest spy shots of the upcoming baby Cayenne, scheduled to make debut in 2010. Codenamed Roxster (and we really hope they’ll change that), the car will try to match the Cayenne’s success, which revived Porsche back in 2002. And it’s not going to be easy, because the competition is taugh, with the BMW X3 (scheduled to be facelifted soon) and the recents Mercedes Benz GLK and Audi Q5.
Developed on the Q5 platform, the Q5 will will get its own sheetmetal and glasshouse, plus a distinct engine range. To be even more different from the Q5, the Roxster will probably be powered by Porsche’s VR6 engine and the low-end V8, producgin between 300 and 400 hp. Rumors say Porsche is also considering a diesel powerplant and even a hybrid version, in the future.
Questioned by CarMagazine, Porsche’s spokesman said: “It’s our policy not to comment on speculative spy photos [...] Porsche Engineering do a lot of work for third parties – it could even be an Audi Q5 on test.”
Source: Car Magazine