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Sporty Cayenne SUV coupe planned to heat up competition

The Cayenne coupe, as the model is being called, will be positioned as a sportier alternative to the regular Cayenne, pictured.

Porsche is plotting to expand its Cayenne SUV lineup with a uniquely styled coupe model, say sources at the German carmaker.

The insiders say design proposals are well-advanced for the new five-door liftback, which is expected toward the end of the decade. The Cayenne coupe, as the model is being called, will be positioned as a sportier alternative to the regular Cayenne.

The new Porsche is likely to receive a wide range of gasoline and diesel engines, together with plug-in gasoline-electric and diesel-electric hybrid drivelines.

It is one of up to seven new SUVs set to be developed on a new version of the Volkswagen Group's MLB platform currently being engineered by Audi, including successors to the existing Cayenne, Volks-wagen Touareg and Audi Q7 as well as the Bentley Falcon, Lamborghini Urus and Audi Q8.

Tentatively scheduled for introduction in 2018 as part of the third-generation Cayenne lineup, the Cayenne coupe has been conceived as a rival to the growing number of sporting, upmarket crossover-style vehicles, including the Range Rover Sport, the upcoming second-generation BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz MLC, the production version of the Concept Coupe SUV shown at the Beijing auto show last month.

"We have been considering launching a more sporting derivative of the Cayenne for some time now," a senior Porsche official said. "The problem has been the production capacity at our Leipzig [Germany] factory and the strong sales of the regular Cayenne."

You can reach Greg Kable at autonews@crain.com

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