To make up for the disappointment when Porsche was chosen over Audi to develop sports cars and luxury sedans for VW Group, Audi will be developing SUV platforms for the company.
This means that the platforms for the next-generation Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, and Audi Q7 will be engineered by Audi. The current models were engineered by Porsche. It will be a while before the Audi-engineered Cayenne and Touareg are released, as new ones were unveiled just this year, but a new Audi Q7 is due in two years.
A Porsche spokesman insisted that this is not badge engineering:
“This is not badge engineering. Porsche will be responsible for the engines and performance of the next Cayenne. It will drive like a Porsche and perform like a Porsche.”
Audi will also be responsible for the underpinnings of the upcoming Porsche Cajun. The Cajun will share its underbody with the Audi Q5.
Source: Automotive News – sub. req.