If you like the idea of a Porsche EV, but you need a bit more room than offered in the Taycan four-door coupe, you’re exactly why the new Taycan Cross Turismo exists. Fortunately, the new five-door model delivers some serious styling chops of its own, even going so far as to combine the original model’s low-slung, road-going design with plenty of SUV-like, off-road character.
The Taycan arrived on the scene last year and has certainly been a hit, so it only made sense for Porsche to follow up with a more practical crossover variant. The new Cross Turismo’s taller rear section not only looks sensational, but also adds more rear headroom and increased cargo capacity, the latter growing by an amazing 793 litres (28.0 cu ft) to a new total of 1,200 litres (42.4 cu ft), compared to 407 litres (14.4 cu ft) in the regular Taycan, not including either model’s 81-litre (2.8 cu-ft) “frunk” (front trunk).
If that’s not enough, Porsche has designed a special roof-top cargo carrier that allows for speeds up to 200 km/h, just in case you want to hit the track on the way back from the ski hill.
And yes, the new Taycan Cross Turismo is capable of such speeds and more, thanks to the same 800-volt battery-electric plug-in powertrain as found in the regular Taycan coupe. It shares the same agile chassis architecture and adaptive suspension setup too, while standard all-wheel drive means that grip is ever-present no matter the road or track conditions.
Four powered wheels in mind, the modified Taycan lives up to the “Cross” in its nameplate in more ways than just the rugged looking matte black body cladding on the bumpers and wheel cut-outs, thanks to reinforcements in the just-noted suspension, while a standard “Gravel Mode” adjusts throttle response and chassis control to make sure it won’t be slip sliding away off pavement.
For those wanting a little more SUV in their Taycan Cross Turismo experience, an optional Off-Road Design package increases ride height by 30 mm (1.2 in) while adding some beefier looking extras such as mud flaps to protect the bodywork from flying gravel and trail obstacles that could otherwise chip the paint or worse.
Just the same, it’s best to test the various Cross Turismo trims’ 220 to 250 km/h top track speeds on pavement, not to mention their zero to 100 km/h capability. Even the base Taycan 4 Cross Turismo is impressively quick, its 375-horsepower dual-motor electric powertrain capable of 100 km/h from standstill in just 5.1 seconds before attaining a terminal velocity of 220 km/h, whereas the even faster 4S Cross Turismo manages the same feat in a mere 4.1 seconds thanks to 482 horsepower under the hood.
The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, on the other hand, makes the others look like they’re standing still due to 616 horsepower of pure electric motivation. It’s good for a 3.3-second run to the same speed, while the Turbo S Cross Turismo, which makes an identical 616 horsepower during regular driving, can put 750 horsepower down to the tarmac for short durations when launch control is engaged, resulting in a blisteringly quick 2.9-second sprint to 100 km/h. Both Turbo models are capable of a 250-km/h top track speed, so mind the roof-top cargo carrier when piloting these two.
While speed is always important for any Porsche, range is critical with an EV. Therefore, all new Taycan Cross Turismo trims receive the brand’s very capable lithium-ion Performance Battery Plus. It boasts a total capacity of 93.4 kWh, so the sport wagon-like model should provide a total range similar to that of the regular Taycan four-door coupe, or about 320 kilometres.
The new model also comes standard with DC fast charging capability, allowing for up to 100 kilometres of range after just five minutes of charging when hooked up to the appropriate fast charging station.
The new Taycan Cross Turismo will arrive at Porsche Centre Vancouver this summer, with pricing starting at $119,900 for the base Taycan Cross Turismo 4, $126,800 for the Taycan Cross Turismo 4S, $178,000 for the Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo, and $218,000 for the top-tier Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S. To be sure you get your name on one this year, get in touch with Porsche Centre Vancouver by phone at (604) 736-7911 or drop by our dealership at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver.
The All-New Taycan Cross Turismo (1:29):
Taycan Cross Turismo: Digital World Premiere (17:40):
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The Camouflaged Taycan Cross Turismo Hits the Road (1:57):
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
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Date Posted: March 7, 2021