New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2020: pictures, specs and release date
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo – a crossover version of the Taycan electric four-door – is on track to be launched before the end of 2020, according to the manufacturer's recently released annual report.
The car was previewed by the Mission E Cross Turismo concept car (see gallery below) at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and prototype versions have been spotted on public roads on two separate occasions (pictured above).
Undergoing its winter testing programme in Sweden, the Taycan Cross Turismo test mule wore little in the way of camouflage to disguise its design, and even more could be seen in a new set of photos taken in more clement weather conditions.
The Cross Turismo's front end looks virtually identical to the standard Taycan, while the rear appears to feature the same full-length LED taillight across the tailgate. As expected, the roofline extends further to provide more space for passengers and luggage at the rear, in similar fashion to the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.
The Cross Turismo will have 600bhp – significantly more than the least powerful, 523bhp version of the four-door Taycan. It has been designed as an off-road-capable, five-door variant, and like its sister model will be compatible with the latest rapid-charging technology.
On the concept, power comes from a twin-motor setup capable of 0-62mph of 3.5 seconds. The Cross Turismo also incorporates all-wheel drive and torque vectoring, which ensures power is sent to the wheel with the most grip at all times. Adaptive air suspension, meanwhile, allows the ride height to be raised and lowered for greater ground clearance or better agility, respectively.
Speaking about the concept version early in 2019, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said: "The Mission E Cross Turismo is an expression of how we envision the all-electric future. It combines sportiness and everyday practicality in unique style. Our vehicle will be fast to drive, but also quick to recharge and able to replicate its performance time after time."
Porsche says the Cross Turismo is "aimed at people who like to spend their free time travelling, playing sport and pursuing other outdoor activities" and touts its suitability for transporting the likes of skiing or surfing equipment. Each of the rear seats in the concept has a load-through facility, while the boot has a rail system and straps. The Cross Turismo concept also came with an 'e-bike' electric bicycle.
Up front, there's a wing-shaped dashboard with large display screens for the driver and passenger; the concept car featured eye-tracking capability, although it's not known if this feature will make it into the production car.
It’s not known how much range the Taycan Cross Turismo will be capable of, although it seems likely that the car will use the same 79.2 and 93.4kWh batteries offered in the four-door Taycan. The longest-range Taycan 4S hits 288 miles on paper; we’d expect the larger Cross Turismo to achieve slightly less than this.
In addition to the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo, Porsche has also confirmed that the next generation of its Macan SUV would be electric-only. By 2025, it expects that half of all its sales will be electric or plug-in hybrid cars.