If you’re a fan of the Porsche Taycan, but desire that extra bit of practicality, then look no further. Porsche has rustled up an exciting new ‘cross’ model known as the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. With features such as increased ride height, a longer roofline, and more loading space, the Taycan Cross Turismo is set to offer increased practicality. But with subjective styling and design elements, let’s take a look to see if the Cross Turismo will be a crowd-pleaser.
Punchy Performance From Porsche
With an all-electric powertrain, the Cross Turismo is certainly in line with the Taycan trend of prioritizing performance while still being environmentally friendly.
It’s powered by two electric motors, one at the front of the car and one at the back. The electric powertrain duo musters up a respectable 522 horsepower on the base model Taycan 4s. Take it up to the Turbo S and you’re looking an impressive 750 hp.
There is one clever yet slightly annoying trick that Porsche has incorporated into the drivetrain. You’re only able to access the full power from the drivetrain for 2.5 seconds at a time. This prevents the motors from overheating. Provided that the Turbo S can gallop from 1-60 mph in a sheer 2.4 seconds, this shouldn’t be a problem for most. But it might be a little disappointing for those die-hard performance enthusiasts.
Porsche continues to innovate on the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo which includes a two-speed gearbox on the rear axle. This assists in the rocket speed acceleration that the Cross Turismo boasts. Also, it won’t get slower as the battery charge depletes which is characteristic of many electric vehicles. The Cross Turismo offers consistent performance right up until the battery requires a full recharge.
Interior and Comfort Features
Porsche has managed to still incorporate many of the fun interior features and make it feel like a Porsche. These include a start button, a digital gauge cluster, and many other high-tech elements that surround the cabin.
The Taycan is also extremely practical when it comes to passengers. It can be configured to seat 5 people, however, it best seats 4 people on comfort. The seats are stand out too with a futuristic fighter jet feel that’s extremely edgy. Useful storage areas include a front trunk compartment which is very handy.
The Cross also adds a handy 53 liters onto the boot size of the standard Taycan to round up the rear storage to 500 liters. Although one must ask if this is a big enough gain to warrant the purchase of the Cross Turismo?
The tech setup mimics the long roof design of the Cross, which translates into a curved digital gauge cluster. The Turismo is tech-rich with a 10.3-inch touchscreen in the dashboard, and an additional vertically mounted 8.4-inch touchscreen in the center console. Additional features such as a passenger-side touchscreen, apple car play, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability are expected to be featured on the Cross Turismo.
Safety and Warranty Standards
With no official crash test statistics available yet, we can only speculate on what safety features will be offered. What we do know is that it will be in line with the Taycan and should offer features such as emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist at the very least. Once again, when it comes to maintenance and warranty concerns, the Cross Turismo should keep in line with Porsche’s warranty and service policies.
Porsche is known for its battery warranty and drivers should be able to rest assured in a standard 50,000 mile or four-year limited warranty, and a 100,000-mile electrical component warranty.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Release Date
Production of the Cross Turismo is planned to take place at the automaker’s primary production plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany. The Turismo’s production line is estimated to require 1,200 staff members with an approximate $7 billion investment through to 2022. With expected production to begin towards the end of 2020, Porsche fanatics will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the Cross Turismo.