While the new Audi E-Tron GT is built on the Taycan platform, Porsche isn’t letting its electric lineup stop there. So, besides spreading the Taycan family tree to Audi, it’s also releasing a new model: the Cross Turismo wagon. We recently got a brief glimpse of the electric wagon, but at the time its capabilities were still under speculation. But now the covers are off of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, and its capabilities look good.
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo turns the electric sports car into a sports wagon
Naturally, the biggest difference between the regular Porsche Taycan and the Cross Turismo is the latter’s body style. That sloping wagon roof- and trunk-line gives the Cross Turismo more headroom and cargo space, Roadshow reports. Plus, a standard panoramic glass roof. But below the window beltline, the sedan and wagon are virtually identical, MotorTrend reports.
However, unlike the new base Porsche Taycan, every Taycan Cross Turismo comes standard with air suspension. It’s set up the same in the sedan and wagon, but the latter has a 0.8”-taller ride height, Automobile and Car and Driver reports. And if you get the optional Off-Road Package, the ride height increases by another 0.4”.
Being mechanically identical, the Cross Turismo shares the regular Taycan’s trim levels and powertrain, Road & Track reports. Albeit with three exceptions.
First, unlike the sedan, there is no single-motor RWD Cross Turismo; each wagon has two motors and AWD. Second, the Cross Turismo only comes with one battery pack: the 93.4-kWh that’s optional on the sedan, The Drive reports. And finally, the base wagon trim, the ‘4 Cross Turismo,’ has no direct sedan equivalent.
As of this writing, the EPA hasn’t released official ratings for the 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. However, while the wagon’s added weight will likely affect the range somewhat, it shouldn’t be too different from the sedan, Autoblog reports. For comparison, the 2021 Taycan 4S sedan with the larger battery has an EPA-estimated range of 227 miles.
It’s not a rock-crawler, but the 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is fast on- and off-road
The extra weight also shouldn’t blunt the Cross Turismo’s acceleration. In ‘4 Cross Turismo’ trim, the wagon has 375 hp, Hagerty reports. And, as with the Taycan sedan, launch control boosts its output, up to a total of 469 hp. That’s good for a claimed 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds.
The rest of the Taycan Cross Turismo trims align with the sedan ones, Motor1 reports. After the 4 Cross Turismo is the 4S, followed by the Turbo and Turbo S. That last trim gives the wagon 750 hp, Car and Driver reports, and a claimed 0-60 mph time of 2.7 seconds. And with the right tires, that might be achievable even off-pavement.
To be fair, Porsche doesn’t see the Cross Turismo as a hard-core off-roader. And it’s likely the majority of buyers will stick to paved surfaces. However, besides the extra ride height, the wagon also features both Lift and Gravel Modes. The latter “relaxes” the stability and traction control and gives the AWD system a “’virtual center differential lock,’” R&T reports. Plus, on Cross Turismos without the Off-Road Package, it raises the ride height by 0.4”.
Speaking of the Off-Road Package, the extra ground clearance isn’t the only thing you get. The package also adds extra body cladding, side skirts, and different front and rear fascia. Plus, outside of the package, buyers can outfit their Cross Turismo with roof rails and a rear-mounted bike rack.
How much will it cost?
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo should hit US dealers in summer 2021. And in terms of pricing, the wagon will only be slightly more expensive than the sedan.
The base 4 Cross Turismo starts at $90,900 before destination and other fees. Once you equip the base Taycan sedan to that level, it’s only $1530 cheaper, Roadshow reports. And while the Turbo S Cross Turismo’s $187,600 starting price is expensive, it’s only $2600 more than the Taycan Turbo S sedan.
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