While Porsche has certainly elevated the electric driving experience with the Taycan, there's a problem: many people want something more usable and more practical than what the Taycan can offer.
That's why Porsche came up with the Taycan Cross Turismo. And now they've finally revealed it.
The Cross Turismo looks much like its lower-riding counterpart. But from the middle to the rear, it's a different vehicle. The rear doors are modified with a bigger opening and upright windows, and its tailgate has a rakish angle, making it look more like a shooting brake. It also has something most crossovers have these days; plastic cladding surrounding the entire bottom of the car.
Porsche isn't out-and-out calling the Cross Turismo a crossover as the characteristics of the vehicle is somewhere in between that of a crossover an a touring wagon. The ground clearance, for example, may be higher than a Taycan at 158 millimeters, but isn't close to a Cayenne or a Macan. The Cross Turismo can be raised or lowered with a press of a button if extra height is needed for the drive.
The main difference between the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo is space. This Taycan derivative has a maximum of 1,200 liters of cargo space, an impressive figure given its profile.
There are four models in the new Cross Turismo range: the 4 Cross Turismo, the 4S Cross Turismo, Turbo Cross Turismo, and Turbo S Cross Turismo. Each variant has distinct performance characteristics due to different battery and motor specifications.
The standard 4 Cross Turismo puts out a respectable 380 PS with an overboost function bumping it up to 476 PS, along with a torque figure of 500 Nm. Meanwhile, the 4S Cross Turismo boasts 490 PS with 571 PS overboost and 650 Nm of torque. Those are strong numbers, but the Turbo models pack a wallop.
The Turbo doles out 625 PS (680 PS overboost) and a whopping 850 Nm of torque. But for those looking for the ultimate experience, they have to go for the top-spec Turbo S. While it also makes 625 PS in normal driving conditions, the overboost shoots that up to 761 PS. As for torque, it has a jumbo jet-pulling 1,050 Nm.
To keep that power on the road, all Taycan Cross Turismo models have an all-wheel-drive system standard. It also features active aerodynamics, active suspension, and torque vectoring, just to name a few.
It's all about screens when you get inside the Cross Turismo. Like the Taycan, the Cross Turismo has a 16.8-inch curved unit situated in front of the driver and serves as the Taycan's digital instrument cluster. To the right of the gauge cluster, there's a smaller 10.9-inch unit that acts as the car's infotainment screen. The third screen is located in front of the passenger seat with tiles that display audio, phone, and navigation simultaneously.
On the center console, you'll find an 8.4-inch touchscreen unit with haptic feedback, controlling the air-conditioning unit, and shortcuts to navigation, audio, phone, and settings menu. If four displays aren't enough, there's a four-zone climate control option that adds a 5.9-inch touchscreen to the rear-seat area.
For those worried about charging times, Porsche claims a five-minute charge adds 100 kilometers of range with a high-capacity charger. Speaking of range, all Taycan Cross Turismo models have over 400 kilometers of range. That's something that couldn't be said about some sports cars with the same power.
Given that the Taycan is offered here, it is highly likely Porsche will offer it in the Philippines. We just hope that by that time, the charging infrastructure will have improved significantly.