The Taycan Cross Turismo is Porsche’s new fast electric estate

Porsche can seemingly do no wrong these days. With a leadership team that understands the brand inside out, where its value lies, the importance of its heritage, investment not only in the future of mobility but in the preservation of the past they are truly leading the way in the luxury sports car segment.

Now they’ve released their latest electric car, the Taycan Cross Turismo, an estate capable of doing so much more than the regular Taycan. Quite how Audi feels about it would be interesting as they are the original fast wagon makers and usually dominate the segment. The fact that they’ve just released their new Audi e-Tron GT makes this even more of a sucker punch. Have Audi forgotten what made their product line up so interesting? 

Porsche have a long and storied history with off-road cars, mostly in gruelling racing events, so their knowledge on how to build a robust car that can handle a bit of dirt is right up there. The Taycan Cross Turismo is essentially a Taycan that can do so much more than you think and perhaps this is how the Taycan should’ve been from the very beginning. I suspect sales of the Cross Turismo might exceed the car it’s based on.

Choosing the right car will be key as there are four derivatives, all starting with Porsche’s Performance Battery Plus and PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) and broken down as such:

The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo

280 kW with overboost power for Launch Control 350 kW
0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds
Range (WLTP) 389 – 456 km

The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo

360 kW with overboost power with Launch Control 420 kW
0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds
Range (WLTP) 388 – 452 km

The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo

460 kW with overboost power with Launch Control 560 kW
0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds
Range (WLTP) 395 – 452 km

The Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo

460 kW with overboost power with Launch Control 560 kW
0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds
Range (WLTP) 388 – 419 km

With range being so close between all variants apart from the maximum range on the Turbo S, the choice then really comes down to performance and what you want out of it. 

The design of the Cross Turismo is the obvious differentiator to the regular Taycan and means it has more headroom (36mm) and even more boot space (1,200 litres of load capacity) than the Taycan. But it’s not just about extra space.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo with a bike carrier and bikes attached

Because the regular Taycan is purely a road going car Porsche needed to develop a different chassis for off-road capabilities. The Cross Turismo’s new chassis features all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension with Smartlift as standard across all four models and for those who know they are truly going to take their car off road, there’s an Off-Road package that raises the car up by 30mm for more clearance.

Porsche are also keen to point out up to three of their two new e-bikes—eBike Sport and eBike Cross—fit nicely onto the optional rear carrier with the tailgate able to be accessed without removing any of the bikes. 

It’s going to be interesting to see how the Taycan Cross Turismo performs in sales against other offerings in the Porsche stable such as the Panamera and Taycan itself.

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