Porsche Compact Hatchback Rendering: Why It's a Really Bad Idea

Buying a Porsche is basically only about two things: the enjoyment of driving combined with the comfort of knowing it's got heritage. And yet the company is getting away with cars that don't follow that mantra to the letter, like the Panamera plug-in hybrid, a nod to the future, not the past.
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Photo: Theophilus Chin
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Of course, the Germans are masters of the balancing act, knowing exactly where to take risks and where to stay safe by sticking to core values. But the internet, well that's a totally different story. Inspired by numerous speculative reports, people have tried to dream up everything from a Porsche supermini based on the Audi A1 to 3-door SUVs. Most don't make sense and we think these renderings for a compact Porsche hatchback are the same.

Remember the days when a compact hatchback was still just over 4 meters long? We do, quite fondly, we might add. Nowadays, a supermini is about the size of a Golf 3 and compacts are beginning to stretch to 4.5 meters in length. That's big enough for Porsche to put luxury in its own 5-door… even though it shouldn't.

Oh sure, if you put the engine in the back and a boot floor on top, like in the Karmann Ghia, it would work. But otherwise, the hatch is just not… special enough. You can have pretty much every optional luxury feature or gadget on an Audi A3 or Mercedes A-Class. So there's not a lot of wiggle room for Porsche in the market.

Nevertheless, these renderings are well executed, using elements from the Macan. The work of Theophilus Chin are telling for what a Porsche compact hatchback would look like, if one were to come out within the next few years.

Strange as that might sound, we bet a lot of people would pay money for a car like this, though not enough to make it worth Porsche's time.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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