Is the rumored mini-Panamera Porsche sedan still in the cards? According to a report from Autocar, the launch of the mini-Cayenne, the Porsche Macan, may postpone this midsize Porsche sedan, though Porsche chief Matthias Muller told Autocar to “wait and see.”
We first heard about the possibility of a smaller Porsche sedan in 2012, when European correspondent Georg Kacher speculated that this sedan could be called the Pajun and would compete with vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz CLS, Audi A7, and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. This report also claimed that the Pajun would be 193 inches long, 4 inches shorter than the Porsche Panamera (pictured). The project was not as certain last year, however, as Kacher reported from the 2013 Frankfurt auto show that Porsche had not yet approved the smaller sedan for production.
In Autocar’s report, Muller cites the company’s huge investment in the new Porsche Macan as a major obstacle for the smaller Porsche sedan. Since Porsche invested $650 million in its Leipzig assembly plant to double capacity for producing the Macan, this makes another big development effort for the smaller sedan a “difficult decision,” according to Muller, who added that, "Every dollar we hold, we can spend only once."
Porsche is expecting the Macan to sell 50,000 units per year globally. If this happens, the Macan will be a significant contributor in helping the company reach its goal of 200,000 units sold by 2015, three years earlier than previously expected. However, Porsche would also need adequate capacity at its plants to build the new car in such numbers. In 2013, Porsche sold 162,145 cars worldwide.
If the Porsche Pajun is eventually green-lighted for production, it would most likely ride on a version of the Volkswagen Group’s upcoming MSB modular platform that is intended to underpin various rear- and all-wheel-drive vehicles across Volkswagen’s various premium brands including Porsche and Bentley. Our original story on the Porsche Pajun claimed that the sedan would come around 2017 as a 2018 model, so it may be a while before we hear anything more conclusive about this vehicle.