Porsche Introduces 2021 Taycan Cross Turismo for EV Adventures Off the Beaten Path
Porsche has rounded out its Taycan performance EV lineup with the addition of a crossover bodystyle, the 2021 Taycan Cross Turismo. It will launch with four variants: the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo. All will feature dual-motor all-wheel drive, two-speed rear transmission, Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management in conjunction with air suspension, Performance Battery Plus and its 800-volt battery architecture, adaptive aerodynamics, panoramic glass roof, and Porsche’s PCM system that puts navigation, entertainment, and charging systems, right at your fingertips. All told, the eight-member Taycan family can be ordered in over 21,000 combinations based solely on variant, wheel choice, exterior color, and interior selection. Dig deeper into the Porsche Configurator, and details like deviated stitching, seat type, and technology options gives a high level of customization to make the car perfectly fit nearly any lifestyle.
Starting from the side profile, the Taycan Cross Turismo features a longer, flatter roofline compared to its sedan counterpart. This provides front seat occupants with 0.35 inches and rear seat occupants with 3.62 inches of additional headroom. The cargo space is larger too, with up to 15.7 cubic feet for the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo and Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, and 14.3 cubic feet for the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo. And like the sedan, the rear seats can fold forward to create even more space, up to 42.8 cubic feet. Of course, the front trunk of 2.9 cubic feet remains. For larger or bulkier items, a roof transport system that integrates into the standard roof rails is available from the factory, and an additional a rear mounted bike rack is also available via Tequipment.
The fender extensions, unique rocker panels, front and rear fascia, as well as a 20 millimeter (0.78 inches) higher ride height further differentiates the Taycan Cross Turismo from its sedan counterpart. The additional ride height allows for easier ingress and egress into the cabin, as well as the ability to clear taller obstacles without touching the underbody. The standard air suspension allows drivers to further raise the ride for greater clearance. The Off Road Design Package adds additional body cladding and raises the ride height an additional 10 millimeters (0.39 inches). Though not designed as a rock crawling off-roader, all Taycan Cross Turismo variants feature a Gravel mode that simultaneously increases the ride height an additional 10 millimeters, sets the suspension firmness, traction and stability control, as well as the torque management system, to maximize grip over loose surfaces, like mud, sand, and gravel. Combined with additional body cladding to minimize errant rock chips to the body, the Taycan Cross Turismo is just as effective on rough surfaces as it is on the asphalt.