Porsche Cajun to Use Audi's New 3.0-liter TDI Engines
According to Autocar, Audi is working on some new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 engines for the facelifted version of its crossover, the Q5, which should arrive next year. The six-cylinder mill will also star in the Cajun and they are rumored to provide in the region of 300 hp.
Autocar goes as far as to report the new engines will be found in everything from the A to the Q7, according to Axel Eisner, Audi’s head of engine development. Can you believe it - an Audi A3 V6 TDI is coming?
Getting back to the Porsche Cajun, about which we also know that it will be the first Porsche to be designed under VW Group chief designer Walter de’ Silva’s supervision, it will be manufactured at Porsche’s plant in Leipzig, Germany.
“During the production of the Cayenne and the Panamera, our Leipzig plant has impressively proved that it can produce premium vehicles of highest quality,” said Matthias Muller, Porsche chairman of the board. “The decision in favor of this location is proof of our trust in the skills and qualifications of our Leipzig associates, and at the same time another contribution to the economic advancement of the region.”
The smallest of Porsche’s SUV range will be aimed at younger customers and will feature the same sort of mix between technology, sportiness and luxury as the Cayenne.
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No, I cannot believe it. While I won't go as far as to say that it's patently impossible, a 90-degree vee engine does not "lend itself well" to fitment in a transverse layout as the A3 has. VW/Audi have been on a downsizing trend lately, dropping the V12, V10 and soon the V8 TDI variants; even the heaviest Transporter range have eschewed 5-cylinder TDI engines in previous generations with a bi-turbo 4-cylinder as the range-topping power plant. Although unlikely, I can sooner believe in inline-5s in the transverse range as found in the TT RS and North American Golfs/Jettas/Passats/Beetles than a V6 for oil-burning motivation.