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Porsche’s design team is thinking up a Cayenne Coupé that would expand the SUV's remit

Porsche is investigating whether to put a more rakish coupeÃ-style version of its new Porsche Cayenne into production as part of an expanded SUV line-up. 

Company boss Oliver Blume confirmed to Autocar at the third-generation Cayenne’s unveiling that Porsche “is thinking about” a Cayenne coupeà to rival the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE CoupeÃ, but it has “not decided yet”. 

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He added: “We analyse different segments and this can be an option in the future. Today, no decision has been taken. We have to make a calculation and talk to our customers.” 

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Porsche design boss Michael Mauer confirmed that such a model had been created as an internal design project, but he echoed his boss in saying no decision has been taken. 

Mauer pointed towards Porsche’s “strong history” in creating derivative versions of its models with its sports cars - something that it is now doing with the Panamera line-up, with the launch of the long-wheelbase Panamera Executive and the shooting brake-style Panamera Sport Turismo

“As a design department, we’re always asked to come up with proposals,” said Mauer. “This is the most attractive part of the job: when the brand asks me to provide design ideas to visualise the product portfolio with no limitations of budgets. For each and every model, we have a lot of ideas. But there has to be a business plan. Yes, we’ve developed a lot of ideas.” 

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Blume said there is no pressure for continued growth at Porsche, even though the firm’s sales have more than trebled from 75,000 in 2009 to 237,000 in 2016. He expects the launch of the firm’s all-new electric car, codenamed J1 and inspired by the Mission E concept from 2015, to add about 20,000 sales per year when it’s launched at the end of the decade. 

Beyond that, he said “healthy growth would be 5% per year”, adding: “Porsche will never be a volume brand." 

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Blume said: “We have had good growth in the last few years, but the number of cars is less important than the needs of customers.” 

As such, there are no immediate plans for an additional model line after the Mission E. “We had Macan. Now we have a car in a new segment with a pure EV,” said Blume. “That will be the next step for a new segment for Porsche.” 

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Porsche Cayenne review 

2018 Porsche Cayenne prototype driven 

Mark Tisshaw

Title: Editor

Mark is a journalist with more than a decade of top-level experience in the automotive industry. He first joined Autocar in 2009, having previously worked in local newspapers. He has held several roles at Autocar, including news editor, deputy editor, digital editor and his current position of editor, one he has held since 2017.

From this position he oversees all of Autocar’s content across the print magazine, website, social media, video, and podcast channels, as well as our recent launch, Autocar Business. Mark regularly interviews the very top global executives in the automotive industry, telling their stories and holding them to account, meeting them at shows and events around the world.

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Agent Coulson 16 September 2017

I mean......

If there was such a thing as global warming this would be a great car to have if you didn't believe there was global warming.

Agent Coulson 16 September 2017

I just luv the German car companies.....

I know.....!

We got global warming.....

So let's build this.....!

Hilarious mob.....!  


abkq 14 September 2017

Isn't the pointless niche of

Isn't the pointless niche of the SUV coupe past its sell by date? Can't recall seeing many X6 or Mercedes SUV coupes lately.