The Porsche Taycan lineup has now doubled in size as the German automaker reveals its electric wagon counterpart to the regular Taycan. While the Cross Turismo concept was not shown too long after the initial Mission E concept that would turn into the Taycan, its production debut has been put on hold. While it was initially intended to come in 2020, the performance wagon will instead come later this year.
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo retains many of the same stylings and technologies as its sedan counterpart, albeit with a little bit more room and light off-road capabilities.
From the very start, the Cross Turismo will be available in four trim levels that are found in the Taycan. A notable exception is that there is no announced base version. Given that the base Taycan only has a single motor, it would go against the utility and ‘off-roadness’ of the Cross Turismo if it didn’t have all-wheel drive. Thus it will be available in the corresponding trims that have dual motors.
- Taycan 4 Cross Turismo
- Taycan 4S Cross Turismo
- Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo
- Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo
All versions of the Cross Turismo will have “two-speed rear transmission, Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management in conjunction with air suspension, Performance Battery Plus and its 800-volt battery architecture, adaptive aerodynamics, panoramic glass roof, and Porsche’s PCM system”. The full performance numbers haven’t been given, so we won’t know the EPA range until it’s closer to the delivery date. Porsche did reveal that the 0-60 time of the Cross Turismo is slightly slower than the corresponding sedan trim with it taking 0.1 seconds longer to reach 60mph across all the models.
So what’s different?
Well for one, the shape, obviously. The Cross Turismo has a longer and taller roofline that gives front-seat occupants 0.35 inches and rear seat occupants 3.62 inches of additional headroom. While the front seat headroom increase is minimal, the rear passengers will certainly get some extra breathing room.
The cargo space has also increased with up to 15.7 cubic feet for the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo and Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, and 14.3 cubic feet for the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo. The rear seats can move down for a total space of 42.8 cubic feet. The frunk space remains unchanged at 2.9 cubic feet of space. Optional roof rails will also let you take advantage of the larger roof and transport things that you can’t fit within the car.
Along with the added interior space, Porsche has increased the ride height of the Taycan Cross Turismo by 0.78 inches. There is also an Off Road Design Package that further increases the height by about 0.39 inches and adds additional body cladding. Like most luxury cars that are advertised with off-road capabilities, I don’t know how many will actually take their $90,000+ car on dirt roads, but I guess it’s nice to have the option. Right?
Continuing on the off-road utility, each Cross Turismo comes with a gravel mode that increases the ride height by 0.39 inches and “sets the suspension firmness, traction and stability control, as well as the torque management system, to maximize grip over loose surfaces, like mud, sand, and gravel”.
Porsche is definitely positioning the Cross Turismo as the car for the more active among its clientele especially when you consider they announced two e-bikes alongside the Cross Turismo.
Price & Availability
The prices for the four different trims are as follows:
- Taycan 4 Cross Turismo: $90,900 ($11,000 more than Taycan)
- Taycan 4S Cross Turismo: $110,300 ($6,500 more than Taycan 4S)
- Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo: $153,500 ($2,600 more than Taycan Turbo)
- Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo: $187,600 ($2,600 more than Taycan Turbo S)
Since the Cross Turismo version comes with some things standard that are optional in the lower sedan trim levels, the difference in price is much wider in the lower trims than the higher trims. Porsche states that a similar spec’d Taycan sedan would only cost about $1,530 less than the base Cross Turismo, giving you a pretty good value for money if you need the extra space and ride height.
The Cross Turismo is expected to hit US showrooms in Summer 2021.
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