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Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo revealed as EV wagon version of inaugural saloon.

Porsche has added another EV to its line-up with this new Taycan Cross Turismo, an all-electric higher-riding estate version of its Taycan EV saloon that offers even more practicality.

Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S variants are on offer from launch, while all Taycan Cross Turismos are fitted with the sports car maker’s 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus.

The car is based on the same J1 platform as the saloon, but bolstering its off-road credentials and all-round versatility, the Cross Turismo is only available with four-wheel drive.

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To compliment that, all Taycan Cross Turismos feature Porsche Active Suspension Management with three-chamber adaptive air suspension. With an optional Off-Road Package, the car’s ride height can be raised by a further 10mm for a total of 30mm of extra ground clearance compared with the Taycan saloon.

There’s also a Gravel driving mode for Porsche’s latest EV, which alters the chassis, stability control and throttle calibration for use on loose surfaces, boosting ability off-road.

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The Taycan Cross Turismo’s styling is reminiscent of the German brand’s Panamera Sport Turismo, which is a sleek five-door estate version of the big Panamera hatch.

It also draws heavily from the brand’s 2018 Mission E Cross Turismo concept, with a heavily raked rear screen for this estate that flows into the car’s muscular rear arches – Porsche’s designers call this the “flyline.” Off-road design elements include new wheel arch trims, different lower aprons at the front and rear, and side sills.

The higher roofline means access to the rear should be slightly easier compared to the saloon, while Porsche claims there’s also 47mm more headroom in the back. The big hatchback reveals up to 446 litres of boot space with the seats up, and a maximum of 1,212 litres with them folded down.

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The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo offers 280kW, with overboost of 350kW during launch control starts for a 0-100km/h time of 5.1 seconds. Official range stands at 455km, according to Porsche.

Stepping up to the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo sees power climb to 360kW, with up to 420kW available on overboost to shave one full second from the base model’s 0-100km/h time. Buyers will only pay a 5km penalty when it comes to maximum cruising range compared with the 4 Cross Turismo.

The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo’s performance takes another significant leap on, with up to 500kW on overboost for a 0-100km/h time of 3.3 seconds and up to 450km of range possible. Most of the time Turbo produces 460kW.

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The top-spec Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo boasts an incredible 560kW with overboost and launch control engaged. It means a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 2.9 seconds; it produces the same level of power as the standard Turbo otherwise, with an official range claim of up to 420km.

Porsche says the Taycan Cross Turismo’s charging capability has been upped to 290kW, compared with the saloon’s 270kW maximum, which means up to 100km of range can be added in just five minutes.

Based on the Taycan Turbo S saloon’s slightly lower maximum charging capability, the 93.4kWh battery takes less than 23 minutes for a five to 80 per cent top-up, thanks to the car’s 800-volt electrical system. We’d expect a small improvement on that number for the Cross Turismo.

Thanks to the on-board 11kW charger to replenish the battery with a wallbox will take around 10 hours and 30 minutes. An optional 22kW AC charger will be offered too.

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Porsche has also revealed equipment specs for the different Taycan Cross Turismo variants. The 4 features part-leather electric comfort seats and Porsche’s Sound Package Plus, as well as 19-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, PASM with air suspension, LED headlights and the same impressive infotainment tech as in the saloon. With Porsche Functions on Demand tech buyers will also be able to activate and upgrade to new features after they’ve bought their car, choosing from tech such as Active Lane Keeping, or Porsche’s semi-autonomous InnoDrive system.

4S adds Porsche’s Dynamic Light System Plus, as well as some different exterior trim, while Turbo models get more advanced comfort front seats in leather with a memory function, heated front and rear seats, an electrically adjustable steering wheel, a BOSE stereo, Torque Vectoring Plus, 20-inch wheels and different exterior detailing again.

Top-spec Turbo S trim features ceramic-composite brakes, rear-axle steering, leather-free sports seats, and Porsche’s Sport Chrono package, amongst other kit. Both the Turbo and Turbo S feature a slight reduction in boot space, down from 446 litres to 405 litres.

The Taycan Cross Turismo range is on sale now, with first deliveries beginning this summer.

Sean Carson

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