Cheaper, single-motor Porsche Taycan variant coming this month?

Chinese media sites including AutoHome are reporting that the ‘Taycan base’ model will be introduced in China on June 29. The portals don’t reports specifications but the base Taycan is expected to get a single motor making it a rear-wheel-drive, and a smaller battery pack, leading to the car getting affordable. AutoHome.com.cn says the current base model Taycan 4S is priced at 1.148 million yuan and speculates that the single-motor variant could reduce the entry price to under 1 million yuan.

The Porsche Taycan currently is available in three versions – 4S, Turbo and Turbo S. Earlier this year, Porsche R&D chief Dr Michael Steiner confirmed to CarMagazine.co.uk that there will be entry-level models of the Taycan that will be rear-wheel-drive and use a smaller battery. The model will be accessible with a lesser price tag and will be sold in countries like China, where 4WD is not necessary with their weather conditions.

The Taycan 4S gets a 79.2 kWh battery pack in the single-deck Performance pack and returns a range of 407 km in a single charge. There’s also a Performance Plus pack that takes the total battery capacity to 93.4 kWh, the same that powers the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S versions. This battery pack offers a range of 463 km in 4S, 450 km in Turbo and 412 km in Turbo S.

In February, Porsche India said it had delayed the launch of the Taycan to late-2020, but given the economic situation with the Coronavirus and buyers likely putting off luxury or lifestyle purchases, Porsche would do well to push the launch to 2021.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo electric estate could debut in late-2020

There’s no stopping Porsche’s electric car juggernaut as its next offering is in the form of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo electric estate. Previewed by the Mission E Cross Turismo Concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Taycan Cross Turismo will be the second all-electric car from Porsche and is expected to be unveiled as a 2021 model towards the end of 2020. Porsche has also confirmed the launch of a fully-electric Macan in 2022 and by 2025, the company is planning to have more than 50 per cent of its sales to come from electric cars (fully-electric and plug-in hybrid). It is however not looking to fit battery packs to smaller models Boxster and Cayman.

Towards the end of 2019, spy shots of the Taycan Cross Turismo being tested in the snow with dodgy camouflage were carried by international publications including motor1.com showing key details of the estate EV. Although similar in shape to the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo in some angles, the Cross Turismo gets squared off headlamp units, which is a big differentiator when the car is approaching. The roofline is similar but one key difference would be the roof angle at the back. A tweet shared by Steven Hopemaster reveals part of the car. The car’s main competitors would be the gas-powered Audi RS6 and Mercedes-AMG E63.

The Taycan Cross Turismo is expected to get the exact same variants as its electric sibling, so there will be 4S, Turbo and Turbo S versions on the brochure. The Taycan Turbo versions currently get a 93.4 kWh Performance battery Plus pack, that offers a range of up to 450 km per charge. It is unclear if Porsche will be going for an adjusted output to neutralize the difference in the size of the Cross Turismo.