Boy, have I been busy. The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is currently completing its last test drives. I didn’t even know one existed until I read the announcement. The extensive Porsche testing program has taken place on global testing grounds and racetracks such as the Nuerburgring Nordschleife.
The new derivative features all the benefits of the Taycan sports saloon such as superior performance and long driving range. The chassis with all-wheel drive and air suspension is height-adjustable. There is also significantly more headroom for the passengers in the rear and a large load capacity under the tailgate. The package and space conditions have been optimized down to the very last detail.
At Porsche, electric cars have to undergo the same testing program as sports cars with combustion engines. In addition to displaying superior performance, this always includes proving unrestricted everyday usability in all climatic conditions. Particularly demanding tasks such as charging, or controlling the temperatures of the powertrain and interior under extreme temperatures, are additional aspects that are tested in the battery-powered electric models. Other development goals typical for Porsche include racetrack performance, the ability to perform repeated acceleration runs at full throttle, and a range suitable for everyday use.
The new rear bicycle carrier designed by Porsche for this particular model also underwent the rigorous testing program with rough road tracks and driving dynamics tests. It sets new benchmarks when it comes to handling, ergonomics, driving safety and stability. Several bikes can be transported on its generously spaced wide rails.
The new Cross Turismo combines Porsche E-Performance with enhanced suitability for everyday use and appeals to customers with an active lifestyle. The Taycan Cross Turismo will launch in the summer of 2021, no word on when here in the region.
The digital world premiere of the first electric Cross Utility Vehicle will take place on March 4 7pm (UAE time) on newstv.porsche.com.