Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo variant spotted in China

While India awaits the launch of the Porsche Taycan electric sedan in 2021, its crossover derivative, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, is being prepared for its debut in 2021. New spy pictures from autohome.com.cn show a Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo prototype in China.

In the words of Michael Mauer, Chief Designer, Porsche, it is an ultra-sleek off-roader, a cross between a sports car and an SUV. One can think of it as a pure electric alternative to the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo as well, but with a tougher styling.

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 in early 2021. 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). However, it is not looking to fit battery packs to smaller models Boxster and Cayman.

Towards the end of 2019, spy shots of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo being tested in the snow with dodgy camouflage were carried by international publications including motor1.com showing key details of the crossover 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 same (global) variants as its electric sibling, and so, there should 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.