And it looks fast.
Porsche's entry into the world of electric vehicles has been quite the success story, and as we all expected, it came in with a performance bang in the form of the Taycan, which has made Tesla sit up and take notice. Now that the Taycan has been cemented in the Porsche lineup, the German manufacturer is looking to expand the range with something more practical. We're talking about the Taycan Cross Turismo of course. This car, which was set to arrive late in 2020 has unfortunately been delayed to early 2021, but the good news is that we have caught a glimpse of the car being tested at the Nurburgring, so these are signs of progress at least.
The car in the video clearly sports an extended rear that offers more practicality than the standard Taycan, and looks seriously mean in a coat of black metallic paint, big black wheels, and red brake calipers. The front end features subtle nips and tucks, but as a whole it looks much like its closest sibling. We know that the Taycan handles beautifully for such a relatively heavy car, and it seems as though the extra weight the Cross Turismo carries hasn't affected its athleticism going around the Green Hell, but only a real world test will reveal the truth.
In terms of performance, we expect the Taycan Cross Turismo to make use of the same powertrain setup as found in the sedan equivalent. That means a power output of between 530 and 761 horsepower. The maximum range should also be in a similar ballpark. With Tesla in its sights, Porsche will invest around €10 billion ($10.7 billion) into electrification to expand its electric range. Porsche is so confident in its plans that it estimates half of its sales will soon be plug-in hybrids and battery-electric cars.