Porsche’s small range of electric sedans sees the arrival of an atypical new member. The first electric leisure car, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo was also the very first electric station wagon and the first electric raised station wagon. Direction Le Touquet for a test off the beaten track.
As expected, Porsche continues to expand its very recent range of electric cars launched in September 2019. After the various versions of the Taycan in sedan version (Taycan propulsion, Taycan 4, Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S), and in waiting for the next one Porsche Macan which will inaugurate its first electric SUV, the Stuttgart manufacturer has just marketed a brand new version of its 100% electric sedan.
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Note all the same that Porsche plans to keep its historic thermal and hybrid pillars with the Porsche Panamera, the Porsche Cayenne and other Porsche 911s, not without working on synthetic fuels. And like other manufacturers today, the ambition is clear: achieve a neutral carbon footprint by 2030, including at the production level.
A family resemblance
Taking up the broad outlines of the concept Mission E Cross Turismo, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is therefore an elevated version of the eponymous electric sedan. At the crossroads between the sporty wagon, the elegant hunting station wagon and the off-roader, this new version has no shortage of arguments for detractors of the sedan. Indeed, despite a very successful line with its futuristic curves, the Taycan is a big baby that offers questionable habitability given its almost five meters long.
More four than five seats because of the central tunnel, its slippery roof line does not facilitate access to the rear seats for large riders. Another constraint, the trunk of the trunk offers a capacity of 447 liters to which are added the 80 liters of the front trunk. The price to pay for a sports car, however electric it may be.
Offering a station wagon version, which is more elevated, therefore makes it possible to change the situation and to address a clientele who are fond of this type of bodywork. Indeed, with its hunting station wagon profile, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo can now offer more generous roominess, starting with 45 mm more under the roof. Passengers over three feet tall will still need to be flexible to fit on board, but they will benefit from necessarily more generous headroom.
The practical aspects also necessarily gain in the change, with a wide tailgate instead of the narrower trunk, a rear shelf that can cleverly come to be housed behind the seats, or a management system to compartmentalize the trunk. The latter therefore gains in volume displaying 39 liters more compared to the Taycan in the sedan version, and even up to 400 liters by folding the seats for a total capacity of 1212 liters.
If it is not easy to differentiate the Taycan from the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo when compared from the front, it is especially at the rear that the differences are obvious, with the characteristic hunting station wagon style, especially at the rear. level of the leaky roof that the designers of Porsche dubbed ” Flyline », And generous hips.
In addition to the advantages of this body, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo adopts a more adventurous and more assertive style that does not lack charm. Some appendages specific to the segment thus appear, such as the wheel arches, the front and rear shields, or the side skirts. To this is added four new specific rims Taycan Cross Turismo.
The off-road side is not only limited to these cosmetic aspects, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo also displaying new technical characteristics. Available only in full propulsion (normal for a model that wants to be all-terrain), it retains the air suspensions of the electric sedan in order to vary the ground clearance which is already 20 mm higher than the Taycan.
Gone are therefore the Cx (coefficient of air penetration) of a sports car stuck to the road, even if the 0.25 displayed by the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo remains far more aerodynamic than any SUV, electric or thermal. In total, the station wagon can display 50 mm more in lift mode, giving it unprecedented electric car capabilities to date as we will see below.
In addition, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo also has an Offroad Design package. This is made up of wheel arch trims, independent lower parts at the front and rear and sills. In combination with the Offroad Design package, the Cross Turismo is fitted with special deflectors at the corners of the front and rear bumpers and at the ends of the door sills. Beyond the style, they protect the car from stone chips.
Finally, it is also possible to add roof ramps to install roof bars on which a roof box designed by Porsche can be placed and which is downright certified for… use on the circuit. up to 200 km / h! It is also possible to install a tow bar with a load capacity of up to 50 kg, and a 40-degree tilt to access the trunk at any time.
Four versions of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
Like the Taycan, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is available in four more or less powerful versions and all four-wheel drive of course: the entry-level Taycan 4 Cross Turismo which still displays 476 hp, the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo with its 571 hp, the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo from 680 hp, and the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo which goes even further with no less 761 hp !
Unlike the Taycan, all versions of the Taycan Cross Turismo are equipped with the Performance Plus battery, the largest in the brand’s catalog to date. With a total capacity of 93.4 kWh, the station wagon retains the 800 volt platform which offers a voltage range between 610 and 835 volts, instead of the traditional 400 volts. This has the advantage of allowing a very high charging power up to 270 kW in order to regain 100 km of autonomy in just 5 minutes. Something that we were able to verify during our tests of the Taycan propulsion and the Taycan 4S on long distances. We were able to take advantage of a peak load of 272 kW, and even maintain a relatively high power beyond 80% capacity.
A recent update preserves the battery by allowing a power of maximum recharge of 200 kW. A function that can be very useful for owners who charge very often on the fast terminals. In addition, the PCM now functions like Tesla’s scheduler by initiating battery preheating as it approaches the charging station to optimize power. He even proposes to define the level of charge on arrival, something that is still lacking in the American. Finally, no need to badger the latest generation Ionity terminals, the car being automatically recognized. However, this function is still limited on the French network, the vast majority of the stations already installed being old models.
The charging connector is still integrated on the right side for the Combo CSS connector, while the AC on-board charger takes place on the left side. The two hatches can be motorized as an option with a unique tactile opening system which still has its effect. Also of note is the optional integrated charger which can accept a comfortable power of 22 kW.
Finally, a word on the energy recovery under braking which is also very impressive. The latest major update offered by Porsche makes it possible to recover the equivalent of 4 km by fully braking the vehicle while it was traveling at 100 km / h, or a power of 290 kW approximately. In practice, 90% of braking is done without using the impressive calipers. However, it is necessary to activate the degenerative braking by pressing the dedicated button on the steering wheel. And that is deactivated each time the car is restarted.
A real adventurer
During the dedicated press tests, Porsche made all versions of the Taycan Cross Turismo available with different options. We have set our sights on the two extremes of the range with the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo and the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo. The first is characterized by its lightning acceleration with more than a G absorbed during launch control (standing start with foot on the brake and full throttle). Slightly wiser, the 4 Cross Turismo also accelerates very hard to explode the speed limits in seconds, but the experience is still less extreme.
On the fuel side, we have not played the game of eco-driving behind the wheel of the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo. What is reflected in the statistics with an average consumption of 30.9 kWh / 100 km on a 162 km route at an average speed of… 28 km / h. Conversely, we were much wiser with the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo despite most of the motorway trip at 130 km / h (25.6 kWh / 100 km over a distance of 63.3 km).
It is therefore reasonable to count on a real autonomy of more than 350 km despite its weight (2320 kg empty), especially since the car has several driving modes Normal, Sport, Sport + and Range. The latter limits the power of the two electric motors and the comfort options to maximize range.
We were also able to cover a few kilometers in off-road, in a private domain with portions on grass and in the sand. The opportunity to test the air suspension, which allows the car to be raised as much as possible via a touch button placed to the right behind the steering wheel. To this is added the Gravel mode which allows you to navigate on soft ground and which adds another 10 mm of ground clearance in addition to managing the traction of the four wheels. ESP is also more forgiving by allowing more skating.
Unlike the drive modes, this is accessible via the touchscreen that manages the air conditioning controls on the center console. The Taycan Cross Turismo showed great ability in off-road mode, although the proximity sensors kept chirping as soon as tall grass appeared in front of the sensors. Too bad, because we quickly get used to the off-road ride in silence.
A real geek car
One only has to take a look inside the Taycan’s cabin to be impressed by the number of on-board screens. That of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is identical in all respects, with the possibility of taking advantage of no less six displays : the digital instrumentation behind the steering wheel, the head-up display on the windshield, the large infotainment screen of 10.9 inch which can be associated with a second identical screen on the passenger dashboard, the air conditioning controls with the touch input pad on the central console, and finally the air conditioning controls in the rear seats.
Electric car requires, all the instrumentation of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is digital, with a beautiful digital screen of 16.8 inch which benefits from high definition and brightness. Like the other screens that are integrated in the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, everything is perfectly readable even in direct sunlight and despite the reflections which can be accentuated by the enormous panoramic glass roof.
Slightly curved, the instrument display of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is divided into three zones with the speedometer on the left, the map in the center and various information in the speedometer on the right. All can be changed at will using a button located directly on the steering wheel. For example, the mapping can take up most of the space, the speedometers can display the available driving modes or the G’s, and it is even possible to be satisfied with an extremely uncluttered screen that only displays the speed on black background.
The HUD (head-up display) gains in detail. Very large, it can display navigation and very precise information on the direction to follow, without having to look at the GPS on the infotainment screen of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, for example. All he needs is augmented reality which is already available from other brands of the Volkswagen Group, notably on the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4, or on the Skoda Enyaq. It will also miss Android Auto which will arrive at Porsche in 2022 with the 911 GT3.
The screen of 8.4 inch which is integrated into the center console of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo requires pressing the touch buttons rather than just touching them. Haptic feedback confirms the command to somehow imitate a physical button. However, you have to go back to the infotainment screen to adjust the driver and passenger air flow. In addition, the center console screen displays shortcuts for opening the front and rear trunks, and charging information when the car is plugged in.
In addition, the lower part of the screen of the center console also accommodates a touch touchpad. The latter allows you to control the infotainment screen on the dashboard without looking down or stretching your arm in the air. Finally, a sliding shutter is on the upper part above the air conditioning controls which gives access to additional shortcuts to directly access navigation, music, telephony, settings and CarPlay. While keeping in mind that these buttons which are located on the center console, control functions on the infotainment screen which is integrated into the dashboard. CQFD.
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is released from 96,454 euros for the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo. The manufacturer specifies that this represents 10,200 euros more than the basic propulsion Taycan. A cost which is justified by the characteristics and the equipment which includes the other driving wheels which are animated by an electric motor at the front which offers 500 Nm against 357 Nm on the sedan equipped with the Performance Plus battery, the latter being integrated as standard as is the adaptive air suspension.
However, and like the Taycan sedan, and more generally any Porsche today, the Taycan Cross Turismo offers a host of options. Options that can quickly inflate the final bill: exterior mirrors electrically felling for 300 euros at keyless access (1,104 euros), through the excellent Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control (3,096 euros) which is among the most efficient on the market.