New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2021: pictures, specs and release date
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo gets closer to production as we get an early on and off-road drive of the rugged new high-performance electric car
Porsche is getting closer to fully unveiling the new Taycan Cross Turismo – a more practical version of the Taycan electric four-door. The car was recently shown testing on public roads in a video released by the brand that also features Porsche's Stefan Weckback, head of the Taycan model line.
"With the Taycan Cross Turismo, we wanted to offer a little bit more space, a little more flexibility and versatility,” Weckback stated. “We developed a completely new roofline, fitted with roof rails, a more generous second row and bigger trunk, all to make a car that's perfect for an active lifestyle. A car that's perfect for both an urban environment and the countryside."
The car has been tested both on road and across some rougher surfaces: unlike the saloon, the Cross Turismo is intended to deal with more than just smooth tarmac, as Weckback explains:
"In order to enable it to handle light off-roading and gravel roads, we increased the ground clearance. And we optimised our suspension system so the Cross Turismo comes with a CUV (cross utility vehicle) specific driving mode. This makes sure it does well on gravel roads in terms of stability, performance, and dynamics."
The Cross Turismo is expected to be unveiled fully in the coming weeks, before going on sale by the end of 2021. The car was first previewed by the Mission E Cross Turismo concept car at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and prototype versions have been spotted on public roads and the Nurburgring race track (below).
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.
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.
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.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo: pre-production drive
We've had the opportunity to drive a pre-production version of the Taycan Cross Turismo – one that was in the middle of a world tour via the US and Europe. Porsche was deliberately not washing the car during the trip – hence the layer of mud, sand and salt acting as a sort of natural camouflage on top of the (rather thin) official disguise.
The car looks very familiar, but with some very obvious deviations from the original Taycan. The front-end treatment is much the same, but as you make your way rearwards, the car takes on a look more akin to the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo. The Cross Turismo also sits higher than the standard Taycan – 20mm to be exact – with an extra 10mm added when you select 'Gravel' mode (see below).
Inside, our pre-production test car still boasted peerless build quality and some nice refinements: the Taycan's slick interior is present and correct, complete with a seriously impressive dual-screen infotainment system and a smaller one for the front-seat passenger. The boot is larger, but not the last word in practicality given the sloping rear window.
The car we drove was a Turbo S model, which is likely to sit at the top of the as-yet-unconfirmed Cross Turismo range. Under all that dirt are the same electric motors and battery as the standard Taycan equivalent; performance sits at an estimated three seconds for 0-62mph, with 0-100mph completed in just 6.5 seconds. Range is expected to be something around 250 miles.
The Cross Turismo is blisteringly fast and effortlessly so. A number of drive modes are offered to tailor both the performance and chassis to different situations. These are selected on the steering wheel or touchscreen and include 'Normal', 'Sport', 'Sport Plus' and 'Gravel'. Sport and Sport Plus offer sharpened responses and – with the 'Electric Sound Pack' added – a futuristic noise that helps to make the performance on tap even more exciting. 'Individual' mode lets you adjust various parameters to your taste.
'Gravel' mode is new for the Cross Turismo and is intended to give the car a bit of help in tackling some very light off-roading, such as dirt tracks, by raising the ride height an extra 10mm. Combined with the four-wheel-drive system, this should give the Cross Turismo a bit more versatility as a family car for those who live in the countryside.
Despite its crossover character, the Taycan Cross Turismo is still a Porsche at heart – its quick, responsive steering and fantastic body control make it a joy to drive for such a large, heavy machine. There's still a level of luxury, however – ride quality is exquisite in Normal mode and remains comfortable even in the sportier modes.
The Cross Turismo looks set to be the pick of the Taycan range when it arrives, adding a bit more practicality and usability to what is one of the best electric cars on sale. Prices for the Turbo S are expected to start at around £140,000 – not that much more than the standard car like-for-like.