New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2020: pictures, specs and release date

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo concept has been confirmed for production alongside the regular Taycan in late 2020

A crossover version of the Porsche Taycan electric car will arrive in late 2020, the German manufacturer has confirmed. The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo has already been previewed by the Mission E Cross Turismo concept car (pictured), which was revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

The Cross Turismo will have a 600bhp power output – significantly more than the entry-level 400bhp version of the four-door Taycan. It has been designed as an off-road-capable, five-door version of the Taycan, and like its sister model will be compatible with the latest rapid-charging technology.

A twin-motor setup produces that 600bhp output and gives the Cross Turismo concept a 0-62mph time 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, 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.

In addition to the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo, Porsche also recently 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.