Porsche launches all-new electrifying ride

Aziz Idris

Porsche is expanding the product portfolio of its first all-electric sports car range with the addition of the Taycan Cross Turismo which made its world debut in a virtual launch on Thursday night.

The latest installment from the sports car manufacturer now comes with a versatile off-road version, thereby continuing the systematic pursuit of its path towards sustainable mobility.

Similar to the sports sedan sibling, the Taycan Cross Turismo benefits from an innovative electric drive with 800-volt architecture (Taycan Cross Turismo Models: CO2 emissions combined 0g/km, electricity consumption combined 29.4 – 28.1kwh/100 km).

The new high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension also ensures uncompromising dynamics off-road.

Thirty six millimetres more headroom for rear-seat passengers and more than 1,200 litres of load capacity, loaded through the large tailgate at the rear, make the Cross Turismo a true all-rounder.

Speaking at the world premiere was Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG who said, “In 2019, we sent out a key signal with the debut of our first all-electric sports car.

“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.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. PHOTO: PORSCHE

“The future belongs to electric mobility. With the Taycan Cross Turismo, we’re taking another major step in this direction.”

The crossover version will launch with four variants: the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The Performance Battery Plus now comes as standard in all variants, which has a total capacity of 93.4kWh.

All variants of the Cross Turismo will feature dual-motor all-wheel drive, two-speed rear transmission, Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management in conjunction with air suspension and its 800-volt battery architecture, adaptive aerodynamics, panoramic glass roof, and Porsche’s PCM system that puts navigation, entertainment, and charging systems, right at motorist’s fingertips.

Also crossing over from the sedan will be the myriad of colour, interior, trim, as well as a Cross Turismo specific items such as the Off Road Design Package and 20-inch Off Road Design and 21-inch Cross Turismo Design wheels.

This means that the Cross Turismo can also be driven on demanding off-road terrain. The standard “Gravel Mode” improves the suitability of the new model for driving on rough roads.

Apart from this, the Cross Turismo has special flaps at the corners of the front and rear bumpers and at the ends of the sills. These make for a striking exterior as well as providing protection from stone impacts.

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: Its silhouette is defined by the sporty roofline sloping downward to the rear – called a “flyline” by the Porsche designers.

Especially for the Taycan Cross Turismo, Porsche has developed a rear carrier for up to three bicycles that sets the benchmark in terms of package size and handling. It can be used universally for different types of bikes. One of its innovative feature is that the tailgate can be opened even when the rear carrier is loaded.

Porsche is also presenting two high-quality e-bikes at the same time – the eBike Sport and the eBike Cross. With their timeless design as well as their powerful and sustainable drive technology, they are perfectly matched to the Taycan Cross Turismo.

The world premiere of the new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo took place in the Hyperbowl Studio at the Munich Trade Fair Centre.