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Preview: 2012 Porsche Lineup

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Porsche is planning to revitalize its entire lineup within the next couple of years, with seven new models, including some new faces, reportedly in the works. Things must be very busy within the walls of Porsche’s Stuttgart headquarters, according to Autocar, which is reporting that the seven models will be launched between now and 2012.

Kicking off the new model revitalization will be a V-6 powered Panamera and a turbodiesel version, both due next year. This should bring the price of the Panamera down as currently the lineup is filled with more powerful V-8 models only. Chances of either of these models reaching the U.S. are slim, however.

Also due next year is the 2011 Porsche Cayenne, which from recent spy shots we know will be smaller than the current model. The smaller size of the new Cayenne agrees with Porsche’s desire to create a much more hardcore performance SUV than the current model, which has been criticized for being too heavy.

Following the introduction of the new Cayenne will be a hybrid version in late 2010 or early 2011. Porsche is claiming 30% better efficiency than a similarly powered V-8 Cayenne but we’ll have to wait until the model’s arrival to find out for certain. In 2011, Porsche will launch its second hybrid model, a gasoline-electric version of the Panamera with the same powertrain as the Cayenne hybrid SUV.

The following year will be crucial for Porsche as it will see the introduction of the next-generation 998 Porsche 911. The new car will be virtually brand new, sporting a longer and wider platform than the one in the current 997 because of a modified steel floorpan and new suspension.

Beyond the new 911, things start to get a little murky. The on-again-off-again Porsche Roxster SUV is reportedly in the works for a late 2012 or early 2013 launch and there’s also talk of a new roadster model being introduced below the current Boxster.

Finally, a successor to the 928 is said to be in the works. Based on the Panamera, this new model will be available in both coupe and convertible bodystyles and isn’t due until late 2012 or early 2013.

[Autocar]

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