Porsche’s design team is thinking up a Cayenne Coupé that would expand the SUV's remit
Mark Tisshaw
14 September 2017

Porsche is investigating whether to put a more rakish coupé-style version of its new 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 coupé to rival the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé, 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.” 

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.” 

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." 

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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14 September 2017

No doubt this will happen in next few years.  With a 3 series sized car a few years later.

14 September 2017

Sure, and let's follow it up with a Bentayga Coupé.  After all, once you are puking the number of heaves is of little consequence.

 

14 September 2017

They made their minds up ages ago - it's a goer.

14 September 2017
Cobnapint wrote:

They made their minds up ages ago - it's a goer.

Whilst I am no fan of SUVs, you can't blame the company for producing what Joe Public wants. The market for sports cars and coupes is hardly rising. If producing SUVs is what creates the cash for further investing into sports cars, in my mind, that is a price worth paying.

 

14 September 2017

Having the Cayenne is bad enough, having two is worse.....

14 September 2017

as I put it, a 4 door 911 SUV GT

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

14 September 2017

Porsche is a sports car maker, so this might actually make more sense than the Cayenne! 

BTW, I am not a Cayenne fan! 

14 September 2017

Looks ace, I'm buying one.

14 September 2017

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.

16 September 2017

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.

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