The Porsche Taycan cross turismo 2021 is a capable electric offroader

Porsche has taken the wraps off its latest model, the Taycan Cross Turismo and it is another solid electric vehicle from a trusted auto maker. This is the more rugged, estate version of the saloon model, suited for rough terrain driving.

The Cross Turismo has a lot in common with the saloon model, including the drivetrain. Available trims include the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo

Prices start from a rather hefty $92,250, about $1,500 more expensive than the sedan Taycan. Optional upgrades can quickly add thousands of dollars.

The Turismo range depends on the trim you get. The Taycan 4 goes 283 on a charge, at a top speed of 137 mph. It will go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds with 375 bhp coming from the electric motors. The 4S takes it up to 149 mph but the range is a slightly lesser 281 miles. The trim will however get to 60 mph from 0 mph in 4.1. The Turbo and Turbo can produce 616 bhp and will go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and 2.9 seconds respectively. Ranges are 281 miles and 260 miles respectively. All trims have Overboost that pushes up the bhp from the electric motors.

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The interior is spacious, with much headroom courtesy of the high and flat roof line. There is an 11 inch screen for infotainment purposes. There is a digital display serving as the instrument cluster on the expansive dashboard. There is also an optional display in front of the passenger seat. The standard version has adjustable sports seats and the proprietary Porsche Communication Management featuring online sat nav. Heated seats powered wing mirrors and adaptive cruise control are however paid upgrades.

As wagons go, this model has ample cargo space, up to 42.8 cubic feet, also courtesy of the roof. The Cross has the same front as the regular version but the roof here is taller and flatter. The sides are also a bit different but it has retained the sleek aura the Taycan is known for. The 4 and 4S trims use new 19-inch wheels while the Turbo and Turbo S sit on 20-inch wheels.

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Porsche has designed the Cross Turismo with an off-roader option, with corresponding feature sets; rails on the roof for loads like mountain bikes, standard all-wheel drive and a bigger clearance from the ground (adjustable with air suspension) to handle rougher terrains during adventures. There is even a Gravel drive mode for dirt roads, which adjusts traction, stability and other settings to give it a firmer grip on the road.

Explaining Porsche’s design thinking, Stefan Weckback, head of the Taycan model line, said: “With the Taycan Cross Turismo, we wanted to offer a little bit more space, a little more flexibility and versatility. We developed a completely new roofline, fitted with roof rails, a more generous second row and bigger trunk, all to make a car that’s perfect for an active lifestyle. A car that’s perfect for both an urban environment and the countryside.” The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2021 is available for preorders, with deliveries scheduled for the summer.

Written by D.O. for