A high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension means the new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo—the versatile all-terrain version of the all-electric Taycan—boasts of uncompromising dynamics off-road. Like the other Taycan versions, the Taycan Cross Turismo benefits from an innovative electric powertrain with an 800-volt architecture. The new model further expands Porsche’s fully electric sports car portfolio.
Porsche is pioneering electric-powered premium mobility in the Philippines through the Taycan, which was introduced in the country late last year, and whose new, 2021 version is currently available in Porsche Philippines’ showrooms. Expected to charge up the Taycan lineup in the Philippines is the arrival of the Taycan Cross Turismo.
“In 2019, we sent out a key signal with the debut of our first all-electric sports car,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, at the recent world premiere of the extremely versatile Taycan Cross Turismo. “We see ourselves as pioneers of sustainable mobility—by 2025, half of all the new vehicles we will deliver will have an electrified drive, either fully electric or plug-in hybrid. The future belongs to electric mobility.”
Besides all-wheel and adaptive air suspension that are fitted as standard to the Taycan Cross Turismo, also available is the Off-Road package that increases the car’s ground clearance by up to 30 millimeters. This means the Taycan Cross Turismo can take on demanding terrain, which is further ensured by a “Gravel Mode” that improves its capability on rough roads.
Visually, the Taycan Cross Turismo closely resembles Porsche’s Mission E Cross Turismo concept presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The Taycan Cross Turismo’s silhouette is defined by a sporty roofline sloping toward the rear. Its off-road design elements include wheel arch trims, and unique front and rear lower aprons and side sills. As part of the Off-Road Design package, the Taycan Cross Turismo gets special flaps at the corners of the front and rear bumpers, and at the ends of the sills. These make for a striking exterior while also providing protection from stone impacts.
Complementing the Taycan Cross Turismo’s genuine off-road prowess is an even more versatile body that is quite suitable for active lifestyles. With an extended roofline at the rear, the new model offers 36 millimeters more headroom for passengers in the backseat, and more than 1,200 liters of luggage capacity that can be accessed through a large tailgate. These make the car a perfect companion for rugged and sporty adventures.
Making the Taycan Cross Turismo even more outdoorsy is Porsche’s newly developed rear carrier that can fit up to three bicycles. Setting the benchmark in terms of package size and handling, it can be used for different types of bikes. One of its innovative features is that the tailgate can be opened even if bikes are loaded onto it.
Four versions of the Taycan Cross Turismo are immediately available to the market at launch time. All four are fitted with the Performance Battery Plus that has a total capacity of 93.4 kWh. With launch control activated, the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo outputs 476 PS, the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo 571 PS, the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo 680 PS, and the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo 761 PS. Driving range (WLTP) for all versions varies between at least 388 kilometers and as much as 456 kilometers.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.