After teasing us with a video trailer last week, Porsche has finally lifted the veil on its most ambitious car of 2021, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo S. The range-topping sportwagen takes the all-electric power of the Taycan and transports it into a body Porsche is describing as the ultimate “all-rounder”. This is one high-performance machine you can cart the kids around in.
Sporting a higher, flatter roofline, the new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo S takes comfort to a new level, increasing rear headroom by a significant 3.62 inches. The German auto-manufacturer has also upped the height of the door frame, making it easier to pull the baby seat out of the back and for a full-size adult to escape without tumbling out.
Like its sportier sibling, the Taycan Cross Turismo benefits from Porsche’s new electric drive with 800-volt architecture. The all-wheel-drive format also cops adaptive air suspension, which the brand claims will ensure “uncompromising dynamics off-road”.
“In 2019, we sent out a key signal with the debut of our first all-electric sports car,” Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board of Porsche AG said at the world premiere. “We see ourselves as pioneers of sustainable mobility: by 2025, half of all the new vehicles we will deliver will have an electrified drive – either fully electric or plug-in hybrid. In 2020, one in three of all vehicles we delivered in Europe had an electric powertrain. The future belongs to electric mobility. With the Taycan Cross Turismo, we’re taking another major step in this direction.”
Here in Australia, Porsche fans have access to two derivatives of the Taycan Cross Turismo, the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo and the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo. The AUD$201,000 4S variation comes with 360kW and overboost power with launch control of 420 kW. Despite some automotive publications describing it as a family-friendly Porsche, this version doesn’t skimp out on speed. The 4S can go 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 240 km/h. The AUD$271,000 Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo bumps things up a little further. The 460 kW variation can go from 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h.
But one exciting element of the new release is the off-road focus. As part of the Off-Road Design Package, the Cross Turismo has scored special flaps at the corners of the front and rear bumpers, providing protection from stone impacts. In fact, Porsche has even gone ahead and added an optional rear carrier for up to three bicycles, confirming the brand’s eco-friendly journey extends outside the driver’s seat.
The new Taycan 4s Cross Turismo and Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo are available to order now, with the new releases expected to arrive in Australian Porsche Centres from Q3 2021.