My story from last week and this just goes to show how much the auto industry has been affected by COVID-19. Porsche dropped the premiere of the 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo just like that. No media invite, no big event, and no calls from the PR team. Which is a shame really, as this more rugged version of the Taycan seems to give that sportier / adventure vibe.
Like the Taycan sports saloon, the Taycan Cross Turismo benefits from an innovative electric drive with 800-volt architecture. The new high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension also makes it a little bit more capable for off-roading. There’s more headroom in the back and more than 1,200 liters of load capacity courtesy of the roof extension.
You can watch the Digital Premiere here:
Full Cross Turismo range right from the start
Three derivatives of the Taycan Cross Turismo are available for order immediately at its launch. The Performance Battery Plus, which has a total capacity of 93.4 kWh, is always fitted as standard. The model range comprises the following:
The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo with 280 kW, overboost power for Launch Control 350 kW, acceleration 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, top speed 220 km/h, range 389 – 456 km (WLTP)
The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo with 360 kW, overboost power with Launch Control 420 kW, acceleration 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, top speed 240 km/h, range 388 – 452 km (WLTP).
The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo with 460 kW, overboost power with Launch Control 500 kW, acceleration 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, top speed 250 km/h, range 395 – 452 km (WLTP).
All-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension comes as standard on all three models. The optional Off-road Design Package increases ground clearance by up to 30 mm making it a good drive off-road. The standard “Gravel Mode” improves the suitability of the new model for driving on rough roads.
In terms of its visual appearance, the Taycan Cross Turismo closely follows the Mission E Cross Turismo concept study presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Off-road design elements include wheel arch trims, unique front and rear lower aprons and side sills. As part of the Off-Road Design package, the Cross Turismo has special corner flaps on the front and rear bumpers and at the ends of the sills for protection from flying stones.
New bike carrier
As you’ll see in most photos of the 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo online, the car comes with a rear carrier for up to three bicycles. This was purpose designed and not just an add-on. It can be used universally for different types of bikes. One of cool feature is that the tailgate can be opened even when the rear carrier is loaded.
In the Middle East, you can now order the 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, but not sure when it will arrive for pick-up. The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo starts at AED 407,800, the 4S Cross Turismo starts at AED 437,900, and the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo starts at AED 607,900.