In 2008, when Porsche AG attempted to take over Volkswagen AG, some reports said the hubris shown from Porsche came from the fact the company had been on the brink of collapse at the turn of the millennium but came roaring back with the huge global success of its first SUV, the Cayenne.
Not long after the introduction of the Cayenne, rumors began to float regarding the possibility of a pickup truck platform pulled from the same architecture.
Functionally this made sense because the Cayenne was actually a joint venture with VW and Audi, as all three companies planned to use the exceptionally versatile platform for their own derivatives. Audi produced the larger and longer Q7; VW used it for the Touareg; and Porsche used it for the Cayenne as well for the current runaway hit, the four-door Panamera.
Some have suggested that the platform could also supply a version that could accommodate a performance truck platform (we even showed the TranSport images here) sturdy enough to deal with light-truck duties but still provide the needed handling characteristics to be defined as a Porsche. Some have even suggested that more current heavier-duty airbag technologies may now be up to the task.
Regardless, we're guessing any import manufacturer would have to see a much stronger vehicle sales comeback in the U.S., as well some indication that buyers have an appetite for more expensive, better-handling pickup trucks. (We should note Bentley and Lamborghini are reported to be working on full-size SUVs). And given the fact there may be less R&D money available because of pending lawsuits (current investor groups do have pending litigation against the 2008 attempt to takeover VW AG), we don't see Porsche experimenting in this direction anytime soon. And if they did, we continue to hope they'd look hard at the Amarok.