All-electric wagon inches closer to its official launch.
The Porsche Taycan has been a resounding success for the German marque. Despite a pandemic-affected year, Porsche sold over 20,000 Taycans in the US alone in 2020, nearly surpassing the tally of the 718 Boxster/Cayman range. It makes sense, then, for Porsche to build upon this success by expanding the Taycan range.
A key proponent of this will be the new Taycan Cross Turismo, essentially a wagon version of the Taycan. We've seen it without any camo before, but Porsche has now shared a new teaser video of the sexy wagon prior to its official unveiling in a few weeks.
The two-minute clip features commentary from Stefan Weckbach, Vice President for the Taycan product line. "We wanted to offer another Taycan model that simply offers a little bit more space [and] a little bit more flexibility," he said.
He made note of the Cross Turismo's larger trunk and standard roof rails as a vehicle better-suited to an active lifestyle than the standard Taycan. As we have seen the Taycan Cross Turismo before, the teaser video doesn't show us much that's new, but it affirms that this will be one of the sleekest wagons on the market. Details like the four-point LED daytime running lights, long roofline, and wide rear stance give it a sporty aura.
Weckbach says that the off-road clearance has been increased, making it conceptually similar to the Audi A6 allroad, although this is not a vehicle that you'd want to challenge Land Rovers with. Although the term CUV (cross utility vehicle) was repeatedly thrown around, we still see the main appeal of the Cross Turismo as being its unique body style, especially in an era that hasn't been friendly to wagons.
It's expected that the Taycan Cross Turismo will share the regular Taycan's powertrains, which means that the base model will produce 321 horsepower and reach 60 mph in about five seconds. As with the Panamera Sport Turismo, more powerful Turbo variants should follow.