What is the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo?
Five things you need to know about the adventurous all-electric sportscar
Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo off-road on hilly terrain
The Taycan Cross Turismo is the car that can help you do more. A stunning all-electric sportscar that’s fun to drive, spacious and adventurous
Launched in 2021, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is a true all-rounder in the electric sportscar world. Its visually striking appearance – defined by its sporty roofline – helps it stand out from the crowd. But its talents are more than skin deep. It’s driven by a pair of powerful motors, fitted to each axle, and has an 800-volt battery, which is double the amount available to most electric vehicles. Its high-tech chassis, which features all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension, means dynamic performance and it can easily drive on light off-road terrain, too. As well as this, luggage space and rear headroom are both increased in comparison to the Porsche all-electric Taycan saloon. It is, as Stefan Weckbach, Vice President of the Taycan model line at Porsche, describes it, “a Swiss army knife” of cars – one that ticks boxes and so much more. With its ability to combine sporty dynamics with a comfortable drive, even on difficult terrain, here are five reasons why the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is such a versatile all-rounder.
Interior of Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo
With 47mm more rear headroom than the Taycan saloon, three passengers can sit comfortably in the rear seats across the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo models
1. Taycan Cross Turismo space: a large luggage compartment and superior rear headroomWith its distinctive sporting silhouette coupled with remarkable performance, the Porsche Taycan saloon changed how Porsche thought about electric vehicles when it was launched in 2019. Two years later, Porsche added further flexibility to the Taycan range with the introduction of the Taycan Cross Turismo. It’s a car that adds even more space and practicality. The three passengers that sit comfortably in the rear seats of the Cross Turismo benefit from an extra 47mm of headroom compared to the Taycan saloon thanks to its modified roofline. Its large tailgate also provides easy access to the rear luggage compartment. It’s much wider (at 776mm) and higher (538mm) than the Taycan saloon (which checks in at 445mm and 325mm respectively). But that’s not all. Depending on the equipment specified, the rear luggage compartment has a capacity of up to 446 litres, which increases to an impressive 1212 litres when the rear-seat backrests are folded forward. You can even pop a small overnight bag, for example, in the 84-litre front compartment. It’s the kind of versatility that adds convenience, making every road trip easier – and one that perfectly complements active lifestyles.
Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo accelerates on gravel
Gravel mode – a standard feature for all Taycan Cross Turismo models – raises the car’s height to help with negotiating light off-road conditions
2. Taycan Cross Turismo driving modes: off-road capability with raised suspensionThe Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo proves that electric cars can handle more difficult terrain easily. At its heart is the integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control. This manages all the chassis systems in real time, analysing and synching them for exceptional control. Fitted as standard across the Taycan Cross Turismo models, there’s adaptive air suspension with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic damper control system. It even includes a Smartlift function – this allows customers to automatically set a ride height in certain locations where a raised floor is helpful, like traffic calming bumps. A press of the chassis button and its instantly engaged. The Lift level raises the chassis by 20 or 30mm at speeds up to 30km/h and by 10mm at speeds above 90 km/h. When 180km/h is reached, the body automatically lowers by a total of 22mm. This is done to help improve road holding and aerodynamics these high speeds.Another very useful standard function on the Taycan Cross Turismo is the Gravel mode driving programme. This is particularly helpful for journeys on light off-road terrain, such as gravel tracks or muddy roads. In this mode, ride height is raised by 20mm – or 30mm if you opt for the Off-Road Design package – at low speeds when compared with the saloon. Conversely, the Taycan Cross Turismo is lowered by 10mm at speeds above 90km/h and 22mm when 180km/h is reached. This helps to improve road holding and aerodynamics at high speed. Elsewhere, the car’s throttle characteristics have also been specially designed for off-road driving in terms of power delivery and control.
Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo charging on Wall Charger Connect
The benefits of twin battery power, packing 800 volts in the Taycan Cross Turismo, includes consistently high performance and reduced charging time
3. Taycan Cross Turismo charging: fast and powerfulWhen it comes to the battery in the Taycan Cross Turismo, it’s not just a case of what it does, but where it’s situated in the car. By putting it in the underbody of the Taycan Cross Turismo, the car’s sporty driving characteristics are enhanced – it makes for a well-balanced car with a low centre of gravity. The perfect place. Like the Taycan saloon and Taycan Sports Turismo – which is aimed at people who want the everyday usability of the Taycan Cross Turismo with the on-road dynamics of the saloon – its two-deck standard Performance Battery Plus unit operates with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the 400 volts you will find in most electric vehicles. The result is consistently high performance, a reduced charging time and, as it decreases the weight and installation space of the cabling, has an effect on the overall weight of the vehicle too.These power a pair of innovative drive motors – one fitted on the front axle and a second on the rear axle – so the Taycan Cross Turismo has all-wheel drive as standard. Both the range and the continuous power of the drive benefit from the high efficiency of these motors. And when it comes to charging, Taycan Cross Turismo drivers can charge their vehicles at home with up to 11 kW of alternating current (AC) as standard. An on-board charger with a capacity of 22 kW is available as optional equipment. When on the road, Taycan Cross Turismo drivers benefit from a sophisticated temperature management strategy for the battery. Using a direct current (DC) charger, the process speeds up significantly. It allows the battery to be recharged to provide a range of up to 100km (according to WLTP) in approximately five minutes. 
Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo on hairpin on curvy road
Pure sportscar power across the model range. The 0-100km/h time in the Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo is 5.1 seconds, while in the Turbo S Cross Turismo it’s an astounding 2.9 seconds
4. Taycan Cross Turismo performance: stunning power across the rangeJust like the Taycan saloon and Taycan Sports Turismo, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo delivers the kind of exciting performance that you’d expect from a genuine sportscar. With its electric powertrain, the Taycan Cross Turismo offers dynamic acceleration – and it does so consistently, time after time. When it comes to the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo, power output is 460kW (equivalent to 625PS). In real terms, that means a breathtaking 0-100km/h time of just 2.9 seconds using Launch Control for a rapid getaway.This acceleration performance is also impressive at high speeds too, with power continuously available across the range. And with the optional Porsche Electric Sport Sound, the Taycan Cross Turismo sounds exceptional on the move. This unique acoustic accompaniment makes for a dynamic, even more emotional driving experience whether you’re inside the cabin or outside of it.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo with Porsche bike rack
The Taycan Cross Turismo models are built for adventure. As well as more comfortable load capacity, a range of accessories, like bicycle racks, are available
5. Taycan Cross Turismo design: built to enable adventureWith all-wheel drive capability and Gravel mode that raises the ride height, the Taycan Cross Turismo is designed for adventurous lifestyles. It’s enhanced by off-road design elements that include wheel arch trims, unique front and rear lower aprons and side sills. What’s more, as part of the Off-Road Design package, the Taycan Cross Turismo has special flaps at the corners of the front and rear bumpers and at the ends of the sills. These have a visual impact but also a practical one too, helping provide protection from stones or other loose road debris.Porsche Tequipment has designed a selection of roof boxes for use across the Taycan range, including the Taycan Cross Turismo. These include a new Performance model that’s been tested and approved for use with higher speeds, and which integrates crossbars with the roof rails of the Taycan Cross Turismo. What’s more, to further aid adventure, a new rear carrier for up to three bicycles – designed by Porsche itself – is also available. The tailgate can even be opened when the carrier is fully loaded. “The rack is lighter, more ergonomic and more practical than any other product of its kind that is currently available,” says Stefan Weckbach. “And it was tested according to the same rigorous standards during development as the car itself.”The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo proves itself to be an all-electric sportscar with a focus on dynamics and an emotional driving experience.
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