By Khulekani Dumisa
Porsche has expanded its Taycan range with the addition of the new Taycan Cross Turismo. In terms of its visual appearance, the Taycan Cross Turismo closely follows the Mission E Cross Turismo concept study presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Its silhouette is defined by the sporty roofline sloping downward to the rear – called a “flyline” by the Porsche designers. Off-road design elements include wheel arch trims, unique front and rear lower aprons and side sills. As part of the Off-Road Design package, the Cross Turismo has special flaps at the corners of the front and rear bumpers and at the ends of the sills. These make for a striking exterior as well as providing protection from stone impacts.
Three derivatives of the Taycan Cross Turismo are available for order immediately at its launch. The Performance Battery Plus, which has a total capacity of 93.4 kWh, is always fitted as standard. The model range comprises the following:
- The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo with 280 kW, overboost power for Launch Control 350 kW, acceleration 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, top speed 220 km/h, range (WLTP) 389 – 456 km
- The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo with 360 kW, overboost power with Launch Control 420 kW, acceleration 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, top speed 240 km/h, range (WLTP) 388 – 452 km
- The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo with 460 kW, overboost power with Launch Control 500 kW, acceleration 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, top speed 250 km/h, range (WLTP) 395 – 452 km
The high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension comes as standard on all three models. The optional Off-road Design Package increases ground clearance by up to 30 mm. This means that the Cross Turismo can also be driven on demanding off-road terrain. The standard “Gravel Mode” improves the suitability of the new model for driving on rough roads.
Especially for the Taycan Cross Turismo, Porsche has developed a rear carrier for up to three bicycles that sets the benchmark in terms of package size and handling. It can be used universally for different types of bikes. One of its innovative feature is that the tailgate can be opened even when the rear carrier is loaded.
Information on the basic retail price, model specifications and local availability can be obtained at the nearest Porsche Centre.
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