Following in the footsteps of the Panamera, Porsche will be adding a second, performance-bred station wagon to their lineup. With the official reveal of the Taycan coming this September, it won't be long until we get a first look at the production designs of both the sedan and estate car. The Taycan Cross Turismo is a completely new kind of Porsche, but their off-roader heritage goes well beyond their SUV’s.
Some of the styling cues will have certainly changed since the original Mission E concept, but its orientation as a rugged, adventurous, electric station wagon is clearly Porsche’s main focus. Increased ground clearance, protective cladding around the wheel wells and rocker panels are just a few of the ways that it will distinguish itself from the road going sedan.
With an electric motor on each axle, the Cross Turismo will deliver around 600 hp to all four wheels. This setup gives the electric wagon on-demand all-wheel drive, with torque vectoring and dynamic chassis control. Though it still won't be much of a rock crawler, it should handle most terrain and weather conditions with ease.
Porsche engineers have spent lots of time ensuring that its 3.5 second 0-60 mph time can be done repeatedly without sacrificing performance. The 800-volt charging system will provide around 310 miles of range and is said to be capable of recuperating up to 250 miles in as little as 15 minutes.
Production of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is set to begin later in 2020, meaning that it may not arrive in North American showrooms until early 2021. Full specs and pricing information should be made available as its release date grows nearer. The Cross Turismo is just a small part of Porsche’s EV offensive, with electric variants of their SUV’s expected to join the lineup in the 2020s.