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The Next Niche: Downsized Coupe Crossovers – BMW X4 vs. Porsche Cajun

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The luxury car market is on an ascending path and in the next five years several niche markets will open within the premium segment. In …

The luxury car market is on an ascending path and in the next five years several niche markets will open within the premium segment. In a constant chase for more revenue and market share, the large premium automakers are constantly brainstorming new ideas or at times, building on the success of current vehicles.

Both BMW and Porsche are well underway with the development of downsized crossover coupes that could hit market in the next couple years. The BMW offering has been dubbed the X4. We recently learned the X4 would share most hardware and interior parts with the X3 and will be exclusively build at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina.

The X4 is a smaller and more agile four-seater, and is set to receive individual styling in a move to give it a more sporting image and enable BMW to position it higher than the SUV upon which it is based. We call it a downsized alternative to the bigger brother, the X6 Sports Activity Coupe.

The Next Niche: Downsized Coupe Crossovers    BMW X4 vs. Porsche Cajun

We anticipate the X4 to be offered with various 4- and 6-cylinder engines, and probably in the future, a hybrid version. All-wheel-drive is likely to be the only torque delivery system offered.

Another premium automaker joining this unique, yet small niche, is Porsche. Late last year, the German automaker greenlighted their latest SUV, the Cajun. The small SUV aims to provide younger customers another point of entry into the brand. Designer Walter da Silva has apparently taken the lead on the project and the car is rumored to be based loosely on the Audi Q5, utilizing its chassis, steering, axles, and Quattro drivetrain.

The Next Niche: Downsized Coupe Crossovers    BMW X4 vs. Porsche Cajun

Rendering Porsche Cajun

It will come out first as a four-seater, but a model set to seat five should debut at a later date.

Speculative reports say the Cajun will be powered by a 3.0L V6 engine producing 290hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. A Cajun Turbo S with more power is expected as well.

Porsche describes the Cajun as a lightweight, easy to handle, and agile automobile, one that maintains the core values of the German brand.

Other premium automakers are likely to be working on similar models since the development costs and time can be significantly reduced when another model serves as a starting point.

Expect a concept version of these vehicles to be introduced sometimes in 2012, with both the X4 and Cajun arriving in 2013.

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  • Alex

    I know both are renderings, but Porsche actually looks a lot better than BMW.

  • SoCal

    that porsche is mean looking!

  • T

    Thats because the rendering is based on a Ford kuga not a BMW , And that Porsche is a plain turbo Cayenne.
    c’mon guys I am sure there is more effective render in your archive to illustrate the point of the X4?

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      T, the article was not meant to be about renderings. And haven’t really dug enough to find a good rendering since no one really knows how it will look like. Beside you ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329976287 Milica Brakocevic

    can wait for x4.1gt,3gt…im into those niche type of cars…

  • L. Hamilton

    PORSCHE CAJUN FTW!!!! WALTER DA SILVA RULZZZZZZZ

  • RayS

    Porshe designers are always better than BMW “bangled” heads.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8101259 Danny Shore

    so BMW is offering a mini version of the overpriced, impractical x6?

    • wazon8

      If you need a practical car, you simply don’t go for X6. But why is impracticality a problem? Did anyone say that X6 was supposed to be practical car? Do people who buy it expect practicality from it? I don’t think so. What’s the point of this complain then?

  • AKSHAT

    BMW X4!!!

  • viper

    actually the bmw looks unusually good on these renderings , but the porsche looks better and so it will when the official x4 comes out.sad. the bmw design is in crisis.

    • wazon8

      Actually, this Porsche is as ugly as Cayenne. And it’s really hard to find someone who would seriously claim that Cayenne is nice looking car. Next to Panamera it’s one of the worst looking car.

      • viper

        your opinions are always the opposite of truth , you are not relevant at all my dear ass-kisser friend .

        • wazon8

          I wonder whether you’ve got an ability to say something without insulting. I guess the answer is negative. And that also says a lot about you.

          If you like Cayenne, that’s great, maybe you will get one for free from Porsche as a first man who seriously likes this car.

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  • Brett

    I like the X4 rendering a little its ok, but the Cajun is as bad as the Cayenne or even worse! What is Porsche thinking? Stick to building insane sports cars, not upped up CRV’s

  • Laszlo

    I call this a wash. both good looking if somewhat pointless cars/sav/cuv whatever they are.

    Since BMW is a pioneer in the SAV/CUV segment with the original X5 it will use its experience to make it really good.
    The trouble is, it will again cost more then the Porsche and there will be little or no uniqueness to the BMW while the Porsche remains a niche brand.

  • Z

    Porsche Cajun Turbo S ? Inventing stuff much ? what engine would this car have ?

  • Artmic

    the Porsche looks better, the bmw in the rendering looks like a mazda.

  • http://store.ijdmtoy.com BMW Angel Eyes

    The future BMW X4 looks funny, like a smashed X6 somehow.

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     They both look good, I think the wheels will make a bid difference on these two. I’d have to seen them in person…I still like the X6. on these two. I’d have to seen them in person…I still like the X6.

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     They both look good, I think the wheels will make a bid difference on these two. I’d have to seen them in person…I still like the X6. on these two. I’d have to seen them in person…I still like the X6.

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