Back in March, Porsche supervisory board announced that the upcoming Porsche Cajun would be build at the Lipzig facility. At that moment those were plans only, but this month the vague plan took shape when Matthias Mueller reported that the company would invest around $700M to expand the facility.
Located in the East Germany, the Leipzig plant opened its doors in 2002 with production of the Porsche Cayenne. It was further expanded seven years later to manufacture the Panamera. In 2012 the company will expand the plant to build the new Cajun. Today, the Leipzig Porsche plant employs over 600 people, and according to the extension plan, there will be created around 1,000 jobs for new workers. The facility itself will get a new 17 hectare production site, with a new body assembly line and a paint shop, and thus it'll become a fully fledged facility.
The Porsche Cajun is scheduled to go into production in 2013. It is an entry-level crossover based on the Audi Q5, and it will compete with the Mercedes GLK, BMW X3, and Range Rover Evoque. The crossover is a yonger brother to the Porsche Cayenne. The name of the baby SUV is not French, it comes from Cayenne Junior, and for now it's known to be a work name. Though the specifications of the Cajun are pretty vague at the moment, Porsche says that the crossover will borrow from Audi's engine range, and come with a 235bhp 2.0L turbocharged gas or a 180bhp 2.0L diesel engine under the hood.