Meet Porsche's new gravel-kicking Taycan Cross Turismo

The new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will land in SA during the middle of 2021.
The new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will land in SA during the middle of 2021.
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Porsche on Thursday unveiled its new Taycan Cross Turismo, which is essentially a shooting brake version of the regular all-electric Taycan saloon that was launched in 2019.

With a silhouette somewhat similar to that of the Panamera Sport Turismo – a TimesLIVE Motoring favourite – the Taycan Cross Turismo offers 36mm more headroom for rear-seat passengers and more than 1,200 litres of load capacity accessible via the rear tailgate.

As with the Taycan saloon, the Cross Turismo sports the same 800-volt electric drive architecture, with a high-torque electric motor mounted on both the front and rear axle. Power is provided via a 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus fitted as standard equipment.

Pricing for the Taycan Cross Turismo starts at R2,511,000.
Pricing for the Taycan Cross Turismo starts at R2,511,000.
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While all new Cross Turismo models come equipped with all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension, customers have the option of specifying the “Off-Road” package that increases the car’s ground clearance by 30mm. This bolsters the Cross Turismo’s ability to tackle rougher unpaved and dirt roads. Porsche has also included a special “Gravel Mode” that primes the suspension, engine, drivetrain and traction control parameters to better suit the lumpy, low-grip surfaces you’re likely to encounter driving off the beaten path.

Porsche confirmed that four variants will be available from launch. Kicking things off is the entry-level 280kW (350kW on overboost) Taycan 4 Cross Turismo that will sprint to 100km/h in 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 220km/h. Maximum range is 456km.

Next up is the 360kW mid-level Taycan 4S Cross Turismo (420kW on overboost) that will dispatch with the all-important 0-100km/h dash in 4.1 seconds and top out at 240km/h. Maximum range is pegged at 452km.

An optional 'Off-Road' package increases ride height by 30mm.
An optional 'Off-Road' package increases ride height by 30mm.
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Upping the performance ante is the 460kW (500kW on overboost) Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, which will hit 100km/h in a scant 3.3 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250km/h and maximum driving range is 452km.

The flagship 460kW (560kW on overboost) Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo will propel you to 100km/h in a supercar-rivalling 2.9 seconds and a limited maximum speed of 250km/h. Expect a driving range of up to 419km – if you treat the throttle with enough restraint.

As it stands, all models except the range-topping Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo will be making their way to SA during the middle of 2021. Pricing, including a three-year/100,000km Driveplan, is as follows:

Taycan 4 Cross Turismo: R2,511,000

Taycan 4S Cross Turismo: R2,619,000

Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo: R3,459,000


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