Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo to offer extra rear-seat comfort

With the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo’s debut set on March 4 16:00 (CET), details are emerging about the derivative of Porsche’s first electric vehicle. Stefan Weckbach, the Vice President of the Porsche Taycan model line, tested it on rural roads in Germany recently and has talked about the upcoming Porsche EV.

Weckbach says that Porsche has developed a completely new roofline for the Taycan Cross Turismo and fitted the EV with roof rails. The chief of the Taycan model line reveals that the Cross Turismo variant has not only a bigger trunk but “a more generous second row.” Changes from the Taycan sedan include a higher ground clearance and a CUV-specific driving mode. Porsche concedes that the Cross Turismo isn’t a hardcore off-roader, but specialises in dirt and unpaved roads.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo headroom
The Taycan Cross Turismo will come with standard or panoramic glass roof options and a “significantly increased rear headroom” over the Taycan, thanks to the extended roofline. Passengers sit higher, and have easier ingress and egress. Image: Porsche

Last month, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo was snapped on US soil again. Instagram.com user noobtographer captured a prototype that seemed to carry less disguise, revealing details more clearly. At the same time, in Europe, Porsche launched the previously China-only rear-wheel drive variant of the Taycan. The company is unlikely to offer the Taycan Cross Turismo in a 2WD configuration in any market, though.

In December 2020, instagram.com user jaytheporscheguy spotted a Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo prototype with fake lights and body panels in Los Angeles and gave us the go-ahead to share images. The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will arrive as the road-ready version of the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept from the Geneva Motor Show 2018. It will be a high-riding wagon or the cross utility version derived from the Taycan.

The Taycan Cross Turismo has a higher roofline that slopes off sportily, something the designers in Zuffenhausen refer to as a ‘flyline’. The silhouette of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is reminiscent of the Panamera Sport Turismo. Like the Swiss show concept car, it should get robust wheel arch protection with fender flares, door sills and front and rear protective strips.

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A longer roof, more cargo space, and an increased ground clearance would make the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo a more practical alternative to the Taycan. It should come with the same 71.0 kWh (net) Performance Battery and 83.7 kWh (net) Performance Battery Plus battery pack options as the sedan.

While the Taycan sedan is available in standard (RWD), 4S (AWD), Turbo (AWD) and Turbo S (AWD) variants, the Taycan Cross Turismo may be spread out in 4S (AWD) and Turbo (AWD) variants. Below are the expected specs:

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Specification4S Performance Battery4S Performance Battery PlusTurbo Performance Plus Battery
Max. Power429 hp483 hp617 hp
Max. Power (w/ Launch Control)523 hp563 hp670 hp
Max. Torque472 Lb.-Ft.479 Lb.-Ft.627 Lb.-Ft.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo expected specification
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo side prototype
The Cross Turismo gets a new bicycle carrier designed by Porsche that can transport several e-bikes on its generously spaced rails. Image: Porsche.

Due to the raised body and altered roofline, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo’s range could be slightly lower than that of the Taycan. The Porsche Taycan 4S Performance Battery Plus and the Porsche Taycan Turbo (Performance Battery Plus) have an EPA-certified range of 203 miles and 201 miles respectively.

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo should go on sale in the U.S. market as early as fall this year. Expect the new Porsche electric car’s price to start at around $115,000.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turimso FAQs

What is the Porsche Taycan Cross Turimso release date?

Porsche will unveil the Taycan Cross Turismo on March 4 and launch the car in Europe this summer.

What will be the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo price?

Porsche may price the Taycan Cross Turismo from around $115,000 in the U.S. market.

Which are the biggest markets for the Taycan Cross Turismo?

USA, UK, Norway, Germany and Netherlands are expected to witness the highest demand for this vehicle.