New footage of the all-electric Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo prototype has been released by Porsche. It is a practical wagon estate variation of the high-performance EV from Porsche that is equipped with a cross utility vehicle driving mode.
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 Mission E-based Cross Turismo at the 2018 Geneva Motor show. The Mission E concept later went on to become the Porsche Taycan that we’re all familiar with.
Design & Styling :
This footage gives us an idea of the overall design language that Porsche is going for with the almost production-ready 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 rugged look.
Changing to a wagon body style for the second iteration of the Porsche Taycan meant that Porsche had to develop an all-new roofline and also had to add roof rails as you’d expect from a wagon for enhanced usability.
When compared to the standard sedan variant of the Taycan, this extended roofline is quite obvious. This will indeed make for a roomier cabin, particularly for rear-seat occupants. It will also result in a bigger cargo area when compared to the sedan.
Stefan Weckbach, head of the Taycan model lineup, jumps behind the wheel of a near-production ready prototype and expresses some initial impressions about the world’s first premium EV wagon.
Drivetrain & Powertrain :
The most likely candidate for the Porsche Taycan’s Cross Turismo’s powertrain would be the 522-hp dual-motor configuration from the Taycan 4S sedan which Porsche currently offers. The battery pack is also most likely to be carried over from the sedan which would mean that buyers could choose between 2 options. Either a 71.0-kWh pack as standard or an optional larger capacity 83.7-kWh battery pack.
It is unlikely that Porsche will offer the Cross Turismo with just a rear-wheel-drive as it does on 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 shorter 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.
Porsche Taycan Release Date & Price :
The German publication Auto Bild said in a report at the end of last year that Audi is also most likely to offer a similar wagon variant of its recently launched E-Tron GT sedan. This prospective Wagon from Audi will supposedly be revealed as early as 2022 and will be positioned below the Taycan Cross Turismo.
Porsche is yet to confirm an actual date for the launch of its Taycan Cross-Turismo wagon. However, from these pictures where we see a prototype without much camouflage, we can expect the vehicle to hit the market over the coming months priced from just over $110,000. Porsche might also offer a regular Taycan Turismo without the cross-over styling similar to the Panamera Gran-Turismo.