According to a report issued by Auto Motor und Sport, the Pajun (Panamera Junior) project is back in the cards.

According to a report issued by Auto Motor und Sport, the Pajun (Panamera Junior) project is back in the cards.

About a month ago, Porsche clearly specified they aren't cooking up a competitor for the Tesla Model S but nevertheless a report coming from Germany says the long-rumored smaller Panamera codenamed Pajun will be out to go head to head with the Model S. The model was initially programmed to come out with conventional turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines but apparently these have been axed as the Pajun will be commercialized only with a fully electric setup.

The reason why Porsche has decided not to sell the Pajun with regular engines is because the segment is already too crowded so it would be wiser to commercialize the smaller Panamera only as an EV that will allegedly have a range between 350 and 400 km (217 and 248 miles) thanks to advancements in battery technology.

The Pajun (will get a different name) is expected to be 4.6 meters (181.1 inches) long but the Model S is much longer (at 4.97 meters / 195.9 inches) so a real Model S rival would be an all-electric Panamera since the two have roughly the same size. According to the same report, the Pajun will borrow most of the technology from the second generation Panamera and will go on sale in 2018 or 2019.

Note: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept pictured.

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