Porsche has announced the arrival of the all-electric 2021 Taycan Cross Turismo, which is essentially a wagon variant of its all-electric Taycan sedan. The unique body style, with its distinctive longer and flatter roofline, provides more space for passengers and cargo. The 2021 Taycan Cross Turismo will start at about $91,000.
Four variants will be offered at launch: Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and the range-topping Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo. All utilize a 93.4 kWh battery pack, which should deliver a range between 225-275 miles, depending on the model.
With innovative 800-volt architecture, the Taycan Cross Turismo is able to fast-charge (270 kW) from 5 to 80% just over 20 minutes. Owners with Level 2 chargers at home/office will be able to charge their Porsche from “empty” to 100% in about 10 hours and likely never need to visit a public charger outside of a rare 250-plus mile road trip.
The Taycan Cross Turismo is about 260 pounds heavier than the Taycan sedan, yet acceleration is almost as rapid. According to Porsche, the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo (750 hp/774 lb-ft of torque) can accelerate from a stop to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds (0.1 seconds slower than its sedan counterpart). The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo (670 hp/626 lb-ft of torque) can accomplish the sprint to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, while the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo (420 hp/562 lb-ft of torque) and Taycan 4 Cross Turismo (350 hp/469 lb-ft of torque) can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.9 and 4.8 seconds respectively.
Of special note is the Cross Turismo’s unique “Gravel” mode. Intended to improve the vehicle’s ability to traverse loose surfaces (e.g., mud, sand, and gravel), the mode raises the ride height, adjusts the suspension firmness, and recalibrates the traction, stability, and torque management system to maximize grip.
As mentioned the Taycan Cross Turismo offers more passenger and cargo space than its sedan equivalent. The front seats offer about 0.35″ of additional headroom, while rear seat occupants gain 3.62″ of headroom. Thanks to its slightly raised ride height, the Cross Turismo offers easier ingress/egress.
The Taycan Cross Turismo is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in summer 2021. For more information about the new Taycan Cross Turismo, or to configure your own, click here to visit Porsche’s official web site.
Porsche is targeting a very small niche of buyers with its Taycan Cross Turismo —especially in the North American market where buyers typically don’t seek out wagon body styles. Nevertheless, this more “rugged” and spacious variant will appeal to certain buyers seeking a pure-EV with sporty styling and world-class driving dynamics.