Here are the pictures that prove the new Porsche Cajun remains on target for a 2012 launch.
Auto Express can also confirm that a new hybrid-powered edition is under development, which will become the Stuttgart firm’s cleanest, most efficient model when it goes on sale in 2013.
Looking more like a heavily modified Q5, this prototype “mule” was snapped by our spy photographers as it left Porsche’s engineering department at the Nurburgring in Germany.
With a widened track, roll cage and blistered wheel arches, the newcomer certainly looks like it means business.
Although exact details are still scarce, the newcomer is tipped to cost from £35,000 when it goes on sale.
Both three and five-door versions are expected, based on a bespoke chassis developed out of the one that underpins the Audi Q5.
Aiming to deliver a class leading on-road driving experience, the Cajun will have some ability off road.
However one source told us that engineers are currently spending more time lapping test tracks than dirt tracks, meaning the focus is very much on making the model live up to the firm’s legendary reputation for building great drivers' cars.
Under the bonnet, Porsche is set to borrow heavily from Audi’s engine range. According to the latest speculation, it will be available with a 235bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, plus a 180bhp 2.0-litre diesel.
Flagship Cajun S models will get a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 with at least 300bhp, while Porsche is reported to be considering an upmarket diesel edition too, with a 3.0-litre V6 offering 265bhp.
A hybrid model powered by a 178bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine and 44bhp electric engine is also under development.
The electric motor is powered by a high performance lithium-ion battery, and it’s thought the car will offer some sort of plug in function, allowing limited electric only running.