What We Know So Far

Overview

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo combines the high-voltage performance of the company’s electrifying Taycan sedan with the stylish practicality of a station wagon. While the long-roof version is still awaiting production, we can postulate, based on its sibling’s prowess and our experience with a prototype Turbo S, that the Cross Turismo will have blistering-fast acceleration and the driving behavior of a sports car. Of course, the Taycan’s notable 800-volt architecture and fast-charging capabilities also apply here. Its cabin will mirror the high-class and high-tech space inside its sedan counterpart, but the wagon will benefit from increased cargo space and boast a more distinct aesthetic. Porsche could also offer an off-road-ready version of the 2021 Cross Turismo, similar to the cladded and lifted Mission E concept.

What’s New for 2021?

Porsche confirmed a while back that it would indeed build the Cross Turismo, and we’ve even driven a prototype version of the highest-performance Turbo S model. Since the wagon variant will be essentially the same car, albeit with some unique body panels, a longer roof, and more cargo space, we expect a similar set of trim levels will be revealed when the Cross Turismo eventually goes on sale, presumably later this year.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

While we don’t have any pricing details yet, if the Porsche Panamera sedan and Panamera Sport Turismo wagon are any indications, the longroof versions of the Taycan will be between $4000 and $6000 more than the sedan’s trim-equivalents. Currently, the rear-drive Taycan sedan is the cheapest model at just over $81,000. On the other end of the spectrum, the Turbo S model starts at around $186,000.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Naturally, the Taycan Cross Turismo will be motivated exclusively by electricity and share a chassis and other components with the sedan. That means power is supplied by either one or two electric motors, depending on whether the model is rear- or all-wheel drive. Based on the sedan, the Cross Turismo will have total power outputs that range between 402 horses and 750. One of the most interesting elements of the Taycan is its two-speed transmission on the rear axle, a first for an EV. In our testing, it helped the Taycan Turbo S rocket to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, making it one of the quickest cars we’ve ever tested. What’s more, unlike normal EVs, which get slower as their battery charge depletes, the Taycan provides consistent performance. We expect the Cross Turismo to inherit these same traits and be as fun to drive as the regular Taycan.

Range, Charging, and Battery Life

When we first speculated about the Taycan Cross Turismo, we predicted it would have a driving range that would exceed 300 miles. However, that was before the EPA released its range ratings for the Taycan sedan, which are currently between 199 miles and 227, depending on the capacity of the battery pack. However, we have tested the Turbo S sedan on our 75-mph highway route, as well as the less powerful 4S version, and found that the Porsche EVs were more efficient in the real world than their government ratings suggest. Since the Cross Turismo will share the sedan’s 800-volt architecture, we expect the wagon will have a similar, albeit slightly shorter, all-electric range and the ability to charge its battery from 5 to 80 percent in as little as 22.5 minutes.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Porsche hasn’t said how efficient the upcoming Taycan Cross Turismo will be, but we expect its combined MPGe and driving range will be only slightly lower than its sedan counterpart. Once the wagon’s actual estimates are announced, and we have a chance to test the electrified station wagon on our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world efficiency.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

While there are hints of Porsche’s sports-car history inside its electric sedan—namely a start button on the left side of the steering wheel—there’s also a host of modern high-tech elements, such as a digital gauge cluster. The Taycan Cross Turismo will have a full roster of luxury amenities and an extensive list of personalization options. The wagon will also likely offer either a four-seat configuration or a five-seat setup, with the latter adding a small center seat in the back row. In addition to the Taycan’s front trunk and useful interior cubby storage, the Cross Turismo will offer more rear cargo space than its sedan sibling.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Expect to see all the Taycan’s interior tech translated to the longroof model. That means a curved digital gauge cluster, a 10.3-inch touchscreen housed in the middle of the dashboard, and a vertically mounted 8.4-inch touchscreen integrated into the center console. We expect Porsche will offer a 10.3-inch passenger-side touchscreen as well as other desirable features, such as Apple CarPlay compatibility, built-in navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2021 Taycan Cross Turismo hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). We anticipate the electrified station wagon to offer the same assortment of standard and optional driver-assistance technology as the regular Taycan, including automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist. Key safety features will likely include:

  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Available blind-spot monitoring
  • Available night vision

    Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

    Based on the coverage that Porsche provides for the Taycan’s electrical components, we expect the Cross Turismo to inherit the same policies. The company’s protection periods are competitive with those of other luxury automakers, and its high-voltage battery warranty ranks as one of the best on the market.

    • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
    • Electrical components covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
    • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

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