The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo isn’t the world’s first electric wagon, but it’s certainly the most exciting. It combines all the qualities of the sedan and brings an extra touch of functionality that you would expect from a car with a longer roof. It is 0.8 inches (20 millimeters) taller than the regular Taycan or an additional 10 millimeters provided the Off Road Design Pack is included.
The optional kit comes with an even more plastic body liner to mimic the SUV look also made possible by using more robust fenders and model-specific rocker panels. The front and rear fairings have been updated, with the most obvious changes being at the rear to replace the trunk lid with a more practical hatch and the essential rear wiper.
Porsche adds a dedicated Gravel mode to the Taycan Cross Turismo, raising the suspension to its highest settings and making changes to the stability control and torque management system for better grip on rough roads. The folks at Zuffenhausen admit that the wagon was not designed as a “crawling all-terrain vehicle,” but the new Gravel mode makes it perform better on rougher surfaces than the sedan.
As expected, the electric wagon comes exclusively with air suspension and an all-wheel drive layout thanks to a pair of electric motors. Interestingly, the base trim level is the Taycan Cross Turismo 4, which currently cannot be used with the sedan where the lineup goes from the base rear-wheel drive model to the 4S. Speaking of wheels, 20 and 21-inch bespoke alloys are available to further separate it from the sedan.
In its entry-level configuration, Porsche’s second station wagon after the Panamera Sport Turismo offers 375 horsepower (280 kilowatts) or 469 horsepower (350 kW) with launch control. Electric muscle is good for a 0-60 mph (96 km / h) sprint in 4.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 136 mph (219 km / h), which is not not too shabby for a basic trim level.
The warmer 4S comes standard with the Performance Plus battery (optional on the 4S sedan) and is followed by the Turbo and the Turbo S, all three offering the same level of power as the equivalent Taycan sedans. In its top-of-the-range version, the electric wagon reaches 100 km / h in 2.7 seconds, making it only 0.1 s slower than its sedan counterpart. Top speed decreases from 6 mph to 250 km / h (155 mph). This level of performance is remarkable when you consider that the Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S weighs a whopping 5,199 pounds (2,358 kilograms).
Standard with an expansive glass roof, the Taycan Cross Turismo benefits from an additional 0.35 inch front headroom thanks to its flatter roofline. In the rear, passengers have an additional headroom of 3.62 inches after converting the sedan into a wagon. The body styling transformation is paying off in terms of cargo capacity as well, now at 15.7 cubic feet or 42.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down for the 4 and 4S models.
Upgrade to either Turbo version and the practicality will take a hit, luggage volume dropping to 14.3 cu.ft. equivalent to non-Turbo Taycan sedans. Regardless of the body style and trim level, they all share a front trunk with a 2.9 cu.ft. capacity. If you need to haul bulky items, an optional roof transport system is compatible with it. the roof rails which are standard on the Cross Turismo. A rear bicycle rack can be ordered at an additional cost.
The 2021 Taycan Cross Turismo 4 starts at $ 92,250 including destination, and you can add additional perks like adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping, 14-way massage seats, head-up display, and Bose or Burmester audio systems. For your money, Porsche is offering three years of free charging at Electrify America.
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will arrive at dealerships across the United States this summer, with details on the EPA lineup to be announced closer to its launch.