Porsche Unveils Crossover BEV Taycan

Porsche has rebodied its Taycan sports BEV into a crossover dubbed the Taycan Cross Turismo.

While this soft-roader is slightly longer and higher than its sedan sibling, it loses little in terms of performance. To cope with a life taking in some mild off-tarmac work, the car features a Gravel mode that simultaneously increases the ride height by nearly half-an-inch, sets the suspension firmness, traction and stability control, as well as the torque management system, to improve grip over loose surfaces, like mud, sand, and gravel. It also boasts additional body cladding to protect against rock chips to the body.

On metaled roads, the range-topping Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo claims a 0-to-60mph sprint time in 2.7 seconds, just 0.1 seconds slower than its sedan counterpart. The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo claims the sprint in just 3.1 seconds, while the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo and Taycan 4 Cross Turismo can get to 60 mph in 3.9 and 4.8 seconds respectively.

All variants of the Cross Turismo 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 handles navigation, entertainment and charging systems.

All feature three years of Porsche Connect that includes wireless Apple CarPlay, Function on Demand, Plug and Charge capabilities, Apple Music, over the air updates.  Additionally three-years of free Electrify America charging is also included as standard.  Additional optional equipment such as Porsche InnoDrive including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Active Lane Keep (ALK), Head Up Display, 14-way seats with massage functionality, Bose and Burmester audio systems, and multiple exterior colors and interior trims are available.

The Taycan Cross Turismo models start at $90,900, not including the $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee. Comparing a Taycan 4 Cross Turismo to a comparably equipped Taycan sedan the additional standard equipment; Performance Battery Plus, adaptive air suspension including PASM, fixed panoramic roof in glass, the difference in cost is $1,530.

The extra space means capacity to carry Porsche’s two new electric bicycles for that last-mile commute. The Porsche eBike Sport is street-oriented and features a full-suspension carbon-fiber frame, Magura brakes, Shimano drivetrain, and Supernova lighting. Suspension duties are handled by a Fox shock in the rear, and a Magura upside-down fork at the front.

For riders that prefer to get dirty, the Porsche eBike Cross features Magura MT brakes, hydraulically adjustable Crankbrothers seat post for quick seat height changes, and a Shimano trip computer. Both bikes ride on carbon wheels inspired by the roofline of the Taycan, will come in three sizes and be available by spring of 2021.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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