An all-new, smaller Porsche sports saloon is under consideration to rival the likes of the Maserati Ghibli, Mercedes E-class, Jaguar XF and BMW 5-series
16 January 2014

Porsche is evaluating plans to launch a new sports saloon to sit below the Panamera in its range, according to company boss Matthias Muller.

With the launch of the new Macan SUV and its expected annual sales of 50,000 units, Porsche is on course to reach its stated sales goal of 200,000 units per year by 2015, some three years ahead of schedule.

The firm is now looking at further growth opportunities, one of which is a saloon to rival the likes of the Maserati Ghibli and higher-end versions of the BMW 5-series, Mercedes-Benz E-class and Jaguar XF. This saloon sector takes about one-third of all sales in the global market. 

“Speaking very frankly, I can say this is one of many ideas we have, to build a car below Panamera,” Muller told Autocar. “But it would be a difficult decision, because Porsche has just taken a huge step getting into the Macan market — not just developing the car but doubling the factory capacity, including the body shop and paint shop. It has been a huge effort for the whole company.

“You’ll have to wait and see. But every dollar we hold, we can spend only once. We can realise that idea, or another, or a third or fourth. We have many ideas.”

Talk of a saloon smaller than the Panamera, christened ‘Pajun’ (Panamera Junior), first emerged in 2012. It is understood that the project remains on the cards for production without actually being signed off yet, as Porsche evaluates factors such as its design, positioning, a factory, body styles and engines.

If the Pajun were to be signed off, most sources expect it to be built on the Volkswagen Group’s next-generation MSB platform. Porsche is developing this rear-wheel drive/all-wheel drive architecture for use under the next-gen Panamera. Nearly all future Bentleys, among other high-end VW Group models, will also use it.

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16 January 2014
It will probably sell quite well enough.

16 January 2014
What with the roads awash with A6's, 5's, XF's and E Classes, I can see many people choosing to own a Porsche over any of the competition. I see it appealing to current 911, Cayman and Boxster drivers too as they settle down and start breeding.

16 January 2014
Wouldn't this be a golden opportunity for Porsche designers to finally move on from their "its a Porsche so it must have as many design cues linking it to the iconic 911 as possible.." as demonstrated by the Autocar "what it may look like" picture and instead just design a distinctive, attractive 4 door saloon?

16 January 2014
chilly wrote:
Wouldn't this be a golden opportunity for Porsche designers to finally move on from their "its a Porsche so it must have as many design cues linking it to the iconic 911 as possible.." as demonstrated by the Autocar "what it may look like" picture and instead just design a distinctive, attractive 4 door saloon?
Zzzz.

16 January 2014
you arrogant short-sighted pedant and rub your eyes, in the meantime I shall stick with my Jaguar XF with its iconic E-type design cues, oh no sorry I forgot it's got it's own style that actually suits a sporting saloon.

17 January 2014
chilly wrote:
you arrogant short-sighted pedant and rub your eyes, in the meantime I shall stick with my Jaguar XF with its iconic E-type design cues, oh no sorry I forgot it's got it's own style that actually suits a sporting saloon.
I nodded off again, sorry. Porsche V Jaguar? There's really no comparison. You stick to your Motability car, grandad.

16 January 2014
Where does MSB fit in VW's platform strategy? MQB is for transverse applications and MLB is for longitudinal engines, which I would expect the Pajun to feature. Is MSB perhaps for rear-wheel drive based longitudinal drivetrains, with MLB designed for FWD based cars like the current Audi A4?

16 January 2014
Essentially is this a version of the A6 or the next gen A6? Sounds as though it is. Very like the Macan is just another version of the Q5. If so why have Porsche "taken a huge step" to "developing" the Macan? Do they actually mean "modifying the Q5"? So why not just get some different body presses and plastic moulding machines installed on a VAG production line to kick start a range of badged engineered Porsches? At least they will look different to all the usual VAG dross though they might not be regarded as "proper" Porches they would fill the coffers.

16 January 2014
spqr wrote:
Essentially is this a version of the A6 or the next gen A6? Sounds as though it is. Very like the Macan is just another version of the Q5. If so why have Porsche "taken a huge step" to "developing" the Macan? Do they actually mean "modifying the Q5"? So why not just get some different body presses and plastic moulding machines installed on a VAG production line to kick start a range of badged engineered Porsches? At least they will look different to all the usual VAG dross though they might not be regarded as "proper" Porches they would fill the coffers.
IT wont be a rebadges A6, A6 will be based on MLB platform and its a front wheel drive, this is a high end platfrom MSB which will be used in bentleys and Panemera mk2 and panemera coupe. And the Macan, is not a just a badge engineered Q5. the platfrom has been extensively modified to carry porsche DNA, and thats not an easy job, infact its easier to start from scratch to build a new platfrom, because you can package your design intent features and right from the start, and engineer your attributes around it, but it cost more because carrying over a few comonents from Q5 saves money thats why it was done, components such as wire harnesses and HVAC systems and so on, alot of these components are built into the basic platform, such as suspension mounting points and load carriers, these components and features on the platform cost alot to develop and they dont affect the design intent, market positioning or brand DNA. Its not just about different body presses :) if you are correct, then a range rover evoque is a 'badge engineered' 1998 ford mondeo.

16 January 2014
If Porsche don't build it.where will the finance in future for new 911's, Caymans and the like come from?,because if the Common market goes into decline,investment will be more hard to find,so, if you like, going down market slightly might not be a bad thing to consider.

Peter Cavellini.

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