2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo nears launch

The all-electric Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo estate will offer speed, technology and practicality

  • Slightly bigger boot than the standard Taycan
  • All three Taycan powertrains are likely to be offered
  • Prices to start from around £90,000

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo estate is almost ready for launch. A pre-production model has been spotted undergoing testing at the Nurburgring racing circuit, with only the slightest camouflage disguise. It’s the second time in two months that the new Taycan variant has been spotted, suggesting that it’ll be officially revealed soon.

It’ll be unique in offering rapid electric performance in an estate body style. Most of its rivals have thirsty petrol engines, such as the Audi RS6 and Mercedes-AMG E63 estate, while the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is available as a 671bhp plug-in hybrid.

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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo prices, specs and release date

The Taycan Cross Turismo is likely to carry a price premium over the saloon model, with prices starting from around £90,000 for the entry-level 4S model. This model will get adaptive air suspension, electrically adjustable part-leather seats, sat nav and automatic LED headlights. Above that will be the Turbo and Turbo S, which offer more kit and more performance. We’d expect a Turbo S variant to be approaching a starting price of around £150,000.

Performance, range and charging

No Taycan is a slouch, and even the least expensive 4S saloon has 523bhp (or 563bhp if you spec the bigger battery for £4,600). That equates to a 0-62mph time of four seconds flat, although we’d expect the Cross Turismo estate to be fractionally slower because of the weight added by the extra bodywork. The Taycan Turbo and Turbo S models get 617bhp, or up to 750bhp in the latter with launch control engaged. These models reach 62mph either side of three seconds. Thanks to a range of updates, the Taycan saloon now passes 0-124mph in just 9.6 seconds.

Up to 287 miles of range is possible in the Taycan saloon, and it’s one of the fastest-charging electric cars on sale - as long as you can find a dedicated fast charger. A 270kW charge will top up the battery to 80% capacity in 23 minutes, but Porsche charges extra for the cables needed to use public fast chargers. An 11kW home wallbox fully tops up the battery in around nine hours.

Styling

It may be an estate in name, but the Taycan Cross Turismo won’t be a particularly boxy car. Like the Panamera Sport Turismo, the Taycan will have a sloping roofline and wide rear bodywork, which means the rear window looks to be slightly smaller than the Taycan saloon’s. The shape of the rear quarter panel windows look to be hidden by light camouflage, but everything ahead of the front doors looks to be largely similar to the saloon. Likewise, the rear lights look to be shared with the saloon. A large range of paint colours and alloy wheels will be available.

The Mission E Cross Turismo concept that previewed this car had a jacked-up look and rugged black plastic body cladding, but this development model doesn’t feature those additions. It rides low, like the Taycan saloon, and doesn’t have SUV-like cladding - but Porsche may introduce a version of the Taycan estate with higher ground clearance, like the Volvo V90 Cross Country or Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain.

The Taycan Cross Turismo will be slightly more practical than the saloon, but it’s an estate that focuses on style rather than outright load capacity. We’d expect a figure of around 500 litres, which is a similar amount as the BMW 3 Series Touring estate.

Will you be adding the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo to your EV shopping list, or even placing it ahead of the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace? Read our reviews to help you decide.

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