Porsche's high-riding wagon to reach Australia in the third quarter of 2021 with a high-riding wagon body, off-road inspired detailing and neck-snapping powertrains.
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  • 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo price and specs detailed
  • High-riding electric wagon joins the sedan in showrooms by October
  • 30mm increased ride height, 36mm of extra rear headroom from long-roof body
  • Australia getting 4S and Turbo models only, priced from $201,000 before on-roads

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo has been unveiled overnight, ahead of the electric vehicle (EV)'s Australian launch in the third quarter of 2021 (July to September).

The second member of Porsche's expanding Taycan family, the Cross Turismo arrives as a more practical, wagon-bodied alternative to the regular Taycan sedan – with a (small) dose of off-road capability to boot, thanks to SUV-inspired body cladding and a raised ride height.

A close match for the Mission E Cross Turismo concept of 2018, the Cross Turismo's styling differs most from its sedan sibling from the B-pillar back, where a longer, flatter roof slopes into a sculpted tailgate with a black roof spoiler and the four-door's full-width tail-light bar.

Metallic faux skid plates are now integrated front and rear, while other additions include off-road-like 'winglets' on the edges of the bumpers, new extruded side skirts and wider wheel-arch flares.

A roof box capable of speeds up to 200km/h can be optioned, while a rear bike rack can also be optioned, to store on- and off-road bicycles including two new electric bikes designed by Porsche itself: the road-biased eBike Sport, and the dirt-oriented eBike Cross.

Alloy wheels from 19 to 21 inches in diameter fill the arches, including a unique 21-inch design with 'vented' spokes, and a new 20-inch style which, to this writer's eye, bears a resemblance to the Lamborghini Urus's alloy design.

As for the aforementioned ride height increase, the Cross Turismo sits 20mm higher off the ground than the standard Taycan, increasing to 30mm with the optional Off-Road Design Package fitted.

Tri-chamber, height-adjustable adaptive air suspension is standard-fit, with the system's ride height varied based on the drive mode selected, or via one of four driver-selectable presets: High, Medium, Lowered and Low.

Five drive modes are available, pairing the Taycan sedan's Range, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus modes with a unique Gravel setting.

Four all-wheel-drive powertrain options will be available with the Taycan Cross Turismo in Europe – including one unique to the wagon body style – with the larger 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus standard across the range.

However, only the mid-tier 4S and Turbo models will reach Australian shores.

Unsurprisingly, the four-door's recently-unveiled rear-wheel-drive powertrain won't be available on the high-riding wagon, as its road-biased drive layout would likely clash with the long-roof's soft-road aspirations.

Opening the range is the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, pairing two electric motors for 280kW of power (increasing to 350kW during 'overboost') and 500Nm of torque, a 5.1-second 0-100km/h sprint time, and a range of 389-456km (depending on options) on Europe's WLTP test cycle.

Australia's entry-level 4S – priced from $201,000 before on-road costs – develops 360kW in standard mode and 420kW/650Nm during overboost, sprints to 100km/h from a standstill in 4.1 seconds, and covers 388 to 452km on a charge according to WLTP protocols.

Stepping up to the Turbo – priced from $271,200 before on-road costs locally, the range-topping model in Australia – brings upgraded electric motors good for 460kW in normal driving, with outputs increasing to 500kW and 850Nm during launch control/overboost periods.

The 0-100km/h sprint time drops to 3.3 seconds, while the WLTP driving range claim increases to 395-452km.

Sitting atop the European range is the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo, developing 500kW and 1050Nm on overboost (or 460kW during normal driving), for a 2.9-second 0-100km/h sprint time (an increase of 0.2 seconds over the sedan) and a 388-419km WLTP range.

Push on behind the wheel of the not-for-Australia range-topper and you'll cover 0-160km/h in 6.2 seconds and 0-200km/h in 9.7 seconds, and reach a top speed of 250km/h shared with the Turbo. The base 4 and 4S can achieve top speeds of 220km/h and 240km/h respectively.

Under the skin sits the same 'J1' platform as the Taycan sedan and new Audi E-Tron GT, featuring an 800-volt electrical architecture facilitating a DC charging rate of up to 270kW and a five to 80 per cent charge in just 22.5 minutes.

The sedan's two-speed rear transmission also carries over, comprising a first gear designed for brisk acceleration off the line, and a 'second' gear intended to improve response at higher motorway and Autobahn cruising speeds.

360mm front and 358mm iron brake discs are standard on 4 and 4S models, with the Turbo featuring 410mm front and 365mm rear tungsten-carbide discs, and the flagship Turbo S scoring 420mm front and 410mm rear carbon-ceramic rotors.

Dimensionally, the Taycan Cross Turismo (in Turbo guise) measures in at 4974mm long, 1967mm wide and 1412mm tall, with a 2904mm wheelbase – 11mm longer in overall length, 1mm wider, 31mm higher and 4mm longer in wheelbase.

Inside, the regular Taycan's 16.8-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.9-inch main infotainment touchscreen and 8.4-inch lower touchscreen all port over to the wagon, with Cross Turismo-specific instrument graphics and infotainment displays now built in.

The Cross Turismo's longer roof enables an additional 36mm of headroom for rear passengers, while boot space on 4 and 4S variants has increased to 446 litres with the rear seats upright (up around 80 litres), or 1212 litres with them folded – in addition to an 84-litre 'front boot'.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will go on sale in Australia in the third quarter of 2021.

2021 Porsche Taycan Australian pricing

  • Taycan 4S – $190,400
  • Taycan 4S Cross Turismo – $201,000 (new)
  • Taycan Turbo – $268,500
  • Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo – $271,200 (new)
  • Taycan Turbo S – $338,500

Note: All prices listed above exclude on-road costs.


Below: The Porsche Taycan sedan