By Bharath Krishna
New footage of the all-electric Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo prototype has been released by Porsche, giving us a closer look at the upcoming second variant of the popular Taycan. Simply put, the Cross Turismo is a practical wagon // estate version of Porsche’s high-performance sports sedan EV
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is aimed at EV buyers who live an active lifestyle and intend on using the vehicle off- pavement from time to time.
Nearly three years have passed since Porsche revealed the concept that previewed it at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Mission E-based Cross Turismo.
Design & Styling :
The footage gives us an idea of the overall design language that Porsche is aiming for with the production Taycan Cross Turismo. We can clearly see that the Cross Turismo is higher riding with more ground clearance and body cladding to convey its off- roading intentions, giving it a more rugged look. Changing to a wagon body style for this new iteration of the Porsche Taycan meant that the Stuttgart firm had to develop an all new roofline and also had to add standard roof rails, as you’d expect from a wagon designed for enhanced usability. When compared to the standard sedan variant of the Taycan, the extended roofline and cladded wheel arches are quite obvious. They will no doubt make for a roomier cabin, particularly for rear-seat occupants. It will also result in a bigger cargo area when compared to the sedan.
Drivetrain & Powertrain :
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will have the same dual-motor configuration from the Taycan 4S, Turbo and Turbo S sedan. The battery packs are also most likely to be carried over from the sedan too, which would mean that buyers could choose between two options. Either a base 79kWh pack or an optional ‘Performance Battery Plus’ 93kWh pack (which will be standard on the Turbo // Turbo S).
It is unlikely that Porsche will offer the Cross Turismo with just rear-wheel-drive as it does on the entry-level version of the sedan. Doing this would defeat the purpose of having a crossover- type vehicle, as an AWD setup will definitely suit the Cross Turismo better and would serve its intended purpose as a crossover.
Driving Range Estimates :
Owing to the Cross Turismo’s additional weight, it could offer a worse driving-range figure when compared to the sedan, which is currently rated at approximately 227 miles by the EPA for the 2021 Taycan 4S with the enhanced battery pack.
However, real-world tests have shown the 4S sedan can actually manage up to 323 miles per charge, with Edmunds managing such a figure in a range test last month. A solid estimate for the 4S Cross Turismo would be around 270-300 miles. The sloped roofline should improve aerodynamics, however the added ride height and additional weight should in turn counteract this. The faster and more powerful Turbo and Turbo S Cross Turismos should manage around 250-270 miles per charge.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Release Date & Price :
Porsche is yet to confirm an actual date for the launch of the Taycan Cross Turismo. However, from the released pictures and video we can see a near-production prototype without much camouflage, so in turn expect the vehicle to arrive sooner rather than later. First customer deliveries this June // July is a solid estimate. The reveal itself could take place before April. Prices are expected to be marginally more than the sedan, so a base point of around $110,000 – $115,000 for the 4S Cross Turismo should be accurate. Meanwhile top-of-the-line Turbo and Turbo S models could be around $175,000 and $200,000 respectively, making the Taycan Cross Turrismo one of the most expensive wagons in the world alongside its ICE equivelent from Porsche, the Panamera Sport Turismo .