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PORSCHE: New Taycan Cross Turismo revealed

Porsche has unveiled its new Taycan Cross Turismo. It’s available to order now with a starting price of £79,340, with first deliveries scheduled for the summer.

Essentially a shooting brake body style, the Cross Turismo is a more practical version of the standard Taycan, with slightly increased ground clearance, bodywork protection and extra space inside. 

Unlike the regular Taycan saloon, the Cross Turismo is only available with all-wheel drive and Porsche’s higher-capacity 93.4kW/h battery. 

The Taycan Cross Turismo shares parts of its design with the Taycan saloon, but the styling also incorporates the rakish roofline of Porsche’s Panamera Sport Turismo. While it looks similar to a regular Taycan from the front, the additional black and silver bodywork cladding and a 20mm raised ride height make it more resilient on poor and uneven road surfaces.

In profile, the car features the same contrasting bodywork cladding on the wheel arches and side sills. The Cross Turismo also gets a higher rear window line and the rear quarter panels sharply flare out into the wide rear arches to give a wider stance.

The sloping roofline leads to a narrow rear window, with a slim tail light housing that runs across the entire rear end of the car. The rear bumper features an unpainted lower section and a silver coloured diffuser surrounded by additional black plastic cladding.

The interior of the Taycan Cross Turismo is nearly identical to the standard Taycan, with a freestanding digital instrument cluster and a 10.9-inch infotainment display. An optional display screen for the passenger is also available, along with an integrated compass mounted on top of the dashboard with the optional Off-Road Design package.

The car’s higher roofline improves practicality, with Porsche claiming 47mm more headroom for rear passengers. The 4 and 4S models offer an 84-litre front storage compartment, and 446 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place, which expands to 1,212 litres when folded flat. Turbo and Turbo S models have a slightly smaller 405-litre boot, with 1,171 litres available with the rear seats folded down.

Performance, range and charging

The base Taycan 4 Cross Turismo kicks off the line-up with a power output of 375bhp. When using the car’s launch control system, over-boost increases power to 469bhp with 0-62mph taking 5.1 seconds. Officially, Porsche claims a range of up to 283 miles.

The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo raises the available power to 483bhp, with over-boost increasing output to 563bhp for a 0-62mph time of 4.1 seconds. Overall range is only impacted slightly by the additional performance, with a claimed figure of up to 281 miles.

The Turbo model is even faster, offering 616bhp, with 671bhp on over-boost for a 0-62mph time of 3.3 seconds, and a range of up to 281 miles. The flagship Turbo S offers the same 616bhp power output but gets an increased over-boost figure of 751bhp for a knuckle-shredding 0-62mph time of just 2.9 seconds. Range is reduced slightly to 260 miles.

The Taycan Cross Turismo’s 93.4kW/h battery can be rapid-charged at up to 270kW, meaning that 62 miles of range can be added in around five minutes, with a 0-80% top up taking around 23 minutes. When connected to a 50kW destination charger, charging from 0-80% takes around one and a half hours. Using an 11kW home wallbox charging point, a full charge takes around nine hours – or ideally overnight.

All versions get adaptive air suspension and an additional Gravel driving mode for light off-roading, which alters the car’s throttle response to cope with loose surfaces. The optional Off-Road Design package enhances the car’s mild off-roading capability further still, increasing ground clearance by a further 10mm over a regular Taycan, meaning it should be capable of traversing muddy tracks.

The Cross Turismo model also features what Porsche calls ‘Smartlift’, a function that allows the driver to programme the suspension to rise up at recurring locations such as speed bumps or a steep driveway. Locations can be stored by pressing the chassis button.

Specifications and prices

The Taycan Cross Turismo can be specified across four different models, with the base 4 spec car starting at £79,340. It gets 19-inch alloys, LED headlights and Porsche’s Active Suspension Management with air suspension. Inside, comfort seats with half-leather trim feature, with dual-zone climate control and Porsche’s Sound Package Plus.

Owners will be able to purchase additional features after they’ve bought their cars via the Porsche Functions on Demand system, with tech such as Porsche’s InnoDrive semi-autonomous driving assistance and Active Lane Keeping assistance. The 4S Cross Turismo model starts from £87,820 and gets tweaked exterior trim plus Porsche’s adaptive headlights.

Opting for the Turbo model increases the starting price significantly to £116,950. The Turbo comes with leather upholstery, powered comfort front seats with a memory function, heated front and rear seats, electrical adjustment for the steering wheel and a premium BOSE stereo system. It also gets an upgraded chassis with Porsche’s Torque Vectoring Plus setup, larger 20-inch alloy wheels and minor styling tweaks.

The Turbo S flagship starts from £139,910 and has leather-free sports seats, Porsche’s Sports Chrono package, upgraded ceramic brakes and rear-wheel steering.

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By Wayne Gorrett

Wayne has been covering developments in the UK's automotive sector for over 10 years, providing news, reviews, first-drive impressions and opinion pieces for a number of print and web outlets in the UK and South Africa. A former marketing director, Wayne is based in a rural village near Winchester, Hampshire. You can follow him on Twitter: @WaynesWorldAuto Facebook: WaynesWorldAuto Instagram: WaynesWorldAuto