Flat front, muscularly curved wings, and a roofline that slopes down towards the rear—even at first glance, the design of the new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo bears the DNA of the iconic 911. In addition, the flat headlights with vertical air intakes clearly mark it as a member of the Taycan family. And yet the second electric sports car from Zuffenhausen is a Porsche unlike any other.

Stefan Weckbach, Head of the Taycan model range, 2021, Porsche AG
Stefan Weckbach, head of the Taycan model range

As the brand’s first Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV), the five-door combines classic Porsche driving dynamics with an off-road-capable high-tech chassis. “The Cross Turismo is the perfect complement to our existing Taycan family,” explains Stefan Weckbach, head of the model range. “It is more versatile, more robust, and yet nearly as sporty as the sedan.”

A spirit of adventure in every detail of the Cross Turismo

A spirit of adventure is to be found in every detail of the Cross Turismo. Creating space for diving, golfing, surfing, or cycling equipment was high on the list of requirements. The load volume is thus as generous as you’d expect. Behind the large tailgate, the Cross Turismo holds almost 1,200 liters of luggage when the rear seatbacks are folded down. The vehicle also offers all-wheel drive, air suspension, and Performance Battery Plus as standard (Taycan Cross Turismo Models: CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, electricity consumption combined 29.4 – 28.1 kWh/100 km).

Two-wheel enthusiasts will find a special solution in the Cross Turismo: roughly where the exhaust pipes are located on vehicles with combustion engines, two rails for a bicycle rack can be mounted on the CUV, providing space for three e-bikes. “We want to attract people who are looking for a versatile and fully electric companion for everyday life, but also for travel and leisure adventures,” says Weckbach, head of the Taycan model range.

Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, 2021, Porsche AG
Concise profile: fyline is what the designers call the typical Porsche roof line that slopes down towards the rear; they have interpreted it into an unmistakable silhouette for this multitalented vehicle. The twenty-inch (optional: twenty-one-inch) wheels feature a distinctive rim design. The Cross Turismo system output and adaptive air suspension also feels at home off-road.

And that includes trips off the beaten track. For leaving everyday paths behind, the CUV’s adaptive air suspension is height-adjustable, and there is even a gravel mode for particularly poor surfaces. With the optional Offroad Design Package, the Cross Turismo gains thirty millimeters of ground clearance. As speed increases on level ground, the vehicle automatically lowers in favor of aerodynamic efficiency. “Combining the requirements in terms of sportiness with off-road capability,” says Weckbach, “was the biggest development challenge.”

The pace of development was rapid

Porsche presented the Mission E Cross Turismo design study for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in spring 2018. “The concept vehicle stood out especially for its attractive design with striking off-road elements,” recalls Weckbach. The response was very good, and so the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG decided in October 2018 to go ahead with series production—at a time when the Taycan sports sedan was also still in development. This is a clear indicator of the focus with which the sports-car manufacturer is driving electrification forward. The Cross Turismo can be ordered as early as March 2021.

Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, 2021, Porsche AG
Futuristic interior: all instruments are focused on the driver, with their operation designed to be intuitive. Three virtual round instruments transport the classic Porsche cockpit design into the future. The front passenger looks at his or her own touch display, which can be controlled individually.

In terms of length and width, the Cross Turismo corresponds to the sports sedan and can also rival its performance data: from a standstill it catapults forwards, accelerating up to 1.2 times faster than the force of gravity. The all-wheel-drive sports car sprints from zero to one hundred kilometers per hour in 3.0 seconds. The center of gravity is low—right where the performance battery is integrated into the underbody. The two electric motors on the front and rear axles have permanently actuated synchronous machines and together mobilize a system output of up to 560 kW (761 PS). The ranges are based on the values of the sports sedan.

Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, 2021, Porsche AG
Spacious driving pleasure: in comparison with the sports sedan, the first Taycan derivative offers passengers thirty millimeters of additional headroom in the rear, while the panoramic glass roof enhances the generous feeling of space. Thanks to the large tailgate, the Cross Turismo is easy to load. When the seats are folded down, up to 1,200 liters of trunk space make the all-electric CUV the ideal leisure companion for golfing or skiing. Its standard all-wheel drive and new high-tech chassis maximize driving pleasure.

The CUV combines the precise handling of a sports car with the long-distance comfort of a sedan and offers nearly as much space as an SUV. “Thanks to the new body shape, we were able to create over thirty millimeters more headroom on the rear seats,” explains Weckbach. “And the large panoramic glass roof creates a very spacious feeling.”

Not just for every day:
Not just for every day: the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 4S with club leather interior and a paint finish in Ice Grey Metallic.
New body shape:
New body shape: the panoramic roof lets plenty of light into the interior and enhances the generous feeling of space. Pictured here is a Neptune Blue model.
Leisure adventures:
Fit for an adventure: the rear transport system provides room for three e-bikes.
Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, 2021, Porsche AG
Headroom: the view from the black and slate grey interior to the panoramic glass roof.
Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, 2021, Porsche AG
Super screen: as in the Taycan sports saloon, the front passenger in the Cross Turismo has his or her own touch display, which can be customised as desired.
Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, 2021, Porsche AG
Room for more: the boot volume can be expanded to up to 1,200 litres when the seats are folded down.
Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo, 2021, Porsche AG
Striking appearance: not only the vertical air intakes and the matrix LED headlights are distinctive, but the Mamba Green Metallic paint definitely stands out.
Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo, 2021, Porsche AG
Tradition and modernity: all instruments are focused on the driver, who is the centre of attention. And yet this cockpit of the future is still typically Porsche.
Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo, 2021, Porsche AG
View from above: the new all-electric CUV is a vehicle for everyday use and an active lifestyle. With off-road elements for all occasions.
Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, 2021, Porsche AG
Leading the way: as in the saloon, the innovative 800-volt technology for fast charging is also available in the Cross Turismo. The 20-inch off-road wheels underline the CUV's spirit of adventure.
Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, 2021, Porsche AG
Streamlined: the fixed roof spoiler increases downforce without disrupting the airflow. The aerodynamics make a significant contribution to the fact that the most powerful model accelerates from a standstill with a starting performance of 1.2 g.
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A special distinguishing feature of the Taycan family is also found in the Cross Turismo: the seven letters of the brand logo are emblazoned directly below the light strip at the rear—designed three-dimensionally in glass and illuminated. They are guiding lights into the dawn of theage of electromobility. 

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Text first published in the Porsche magazine Christophorus, No. 398.

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