What if you took a high-powered sports sedan, and added more boot to boot… well Porsche has just done this to their first ever EV, the Taycan. Well sure... That is common enough, but they wouldn’t stop there would they? You see, Porsche has decided to add a little go-anywhere lunacy to the new Taycan Cross Turismo, for those who want to squeeze that little bit more out of a high-performancve EV.
Just like the regular Taycan, the Cross Turismo benefits from 800-volt architecture. Four variants will be available, with all models will have the Performance Battery Plus which has a total capacity of 93.4kWh as a standard feature. For Singapore, the Taycan will start from around $385k, sans the COE.
The ‘Cross’ in the model nomenclature is a departure from the ‘Sport’ in the spiritually related Panamera Sport Turismo; the former now features ‘Gravel Mode’, designed to allow you to take the Taycan Cross off the road and onto tougher gravel surfaces. There is also an optional Off-Road Design package that increases the ground clearance by up to 30mm. Included in the Off-Road Design package, the Cross Turismo receives flaps at the corners of the front and rear bumpers and at the ends of the sills; apart from amping up the looks, they are also designed to protect the car from stone impacts.
So what is in it for the customer keen on this shooting brake body style? Well, rear passengers will benefit from an additional 36mm of head space, while boot space at 446 litres, is 40 more than its sedan counterpart; and can be extended to 1,200 litres by folding the rear seats. Additionally, those who are bike fans, Porsche has also developed a rear carrier that can hold up to three bicycles. Porsche has also created two high quality e-bikes, the eBike Sport and the eBike Cross, specially designed to compliment the Taycan Cross Turismo (we are unsure if Singapore will receive them, given all the regulations in-place).
We can expect the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo to arrive on our shores in the second half of 2021.