New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is a more spacious, more versatile version of Porsche’s new Taycan EV
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo unveiled today brings electrification into a new segment, the performance wagon with off-road chops category. Albeit a small segment, even in the non-EV world, enthusiasts with a need for space are rejoicing everywhere. If there was ever a cool car in today’s industry, this would be it. Let’s take a closer look.
What’s New About the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo?
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is essentially a production version of the Mission E Cross Turismo unveiled in Geneva in 2018. It hasn’t lost much in the transition either.
Looking very much like a “normal” Taycan from the front with the exception of a redesigned lower apron, the rear features a slopping roofline Porsche calls the “flyline”. There are distinctive design elements that include wheel arch trims, side sills, and a different rear apron.
An Off-Road Design package increases ground clearance by 30 mm while also adding flaps at the end of the side sills and front and rear bumpers.
Versatility is improved over the Taycan sedan with 1,200 litres of total cargo space in the back and 46 mm more of headroom for rear passengers. If you thought the Taycan was a little cramped in the back, you’re not alone and the Cross Turismo is here to fix that.
The versions and powertrain options are identical to the Taycan. The following specs are taken from the press release:
- The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo with 375 hp, overboost power for Launch Control 469 hp, acceleration 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, top speed 220 km/h
- The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo with 482 hp, overboost power with Launch Control 562 hp, acceleration 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, top speed 240 km/h
- The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo with 616 hp, overboost power with Launch Control 670 hp, acceleration 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, top speed 250 km/h
- The Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo with 616 hp, overboost power with Launch Control 750 hp, acceleration 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, top speed 250 km/h
Each model will be built on Porsche’s 800-volt architecture, and comes standard with the 93.4 kWh battery Performance Plus battery along with all-wheel drive.
It promises to be capable off-road as well with a unique Gravel Mode that ensures optimal performance off the beaten path.
How Much Does the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Cost?
Pricing is as follows for the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo in Canada:
- Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo – $119,900
- Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo – $126,800
- Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo – $178,700
- Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo – $218,000
When Will the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Arrive on the Market?
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will arrive on the market in Summer 2021.
What Models Will Compete with the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo?
As stated previously, there’s little competition for the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, car for car. There are no electric wagons, let’s put it that way. Buyers who may have felt that the Taycan sedan wasn’t spacious enough will be happy the Cross Turismo is here. Same for the Audi e-tron GT that at first glance doesn’t appear any more spacious than the Taycan.
The Taycan Cross Turismo will indirectly compete with the Tesla Model S in terms of price and versatility. It may also move buyers away from the Audi e-tron Quattro or the Tesla Model X who don’t need that much space, but up until now didn’t really have a choice.
What Do We Think About the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo?
We are huge fans of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, and the thought of having that design with the Taycan’s performance is provocative to any enthusiast. Is there a market for the Taycan Cross Turismo? Sure. People who want to be different, people who want unique performance, and people who fell in love with the Taycan but were disheartened at the lack of rear passenger space.