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April 15, 2020

Porsche Taycan range to gain Cross Turismo, GTS and base variants - report

Stuttgart’s first EV range is set to grow in coming years, with a Cross Turismo bodystyle and two new variants in the pipeline.

Porsche’s all-electric Taycan range will see a significant expansion over the next 20 months, if a report from Spanish publication Motor.es is to be believed.

The first addition to the range will be the Cross Turismo, a high-riding wagon version of the current four-door sedan bodystyle launched last year. Set to launch in the northern autumn, the rugged estate is expected to take heavy inspiration from the Mission E Cross Turismo concept of 2018, with a jacked-up ride height, black wheel-arch cladding and the obvious long-roof shape all on the way.

The Spanish publication doesn’t detail what the powertrain range will look like, however it’s expected the full gamut of 4S, Turbo and Turbo S options from the sedan will be available to Cross Turismo buyers.

Later, 2021 will see the introduction of two new variants, each at different price points with vastly differing aims.

Motor.es claims Porsche is set to introduce a new entry-level model to sit below the current 4S, simply badged ‘Taycan’. Power will come from a single electric motor on the rear axle – making it the sole rear-wheel-drive variant in a range of all-paw offerings – developing 450 metric horsepower (331kW).

It’s unclear how large the ‘base’ Taycan’s battery will be, though we’d wager the 4S’s 79.2kWh lithium-ion pack will be fitted as standard, with a larger 93.2kWh ‘Performance Battery Plus’ available as an option. If the latter unit is indeed offered, it’s likely the entry-level Taycan would become the road-tripper’s pick of the range, its lighter mass granting it a longer range – potentially edging towards 500 kilometres on Europe’s stringent WLTP test cycle.

Also in the pipeline for 2021 is the GTS, a mid-grade variant intended to fill the 140kW performance gap (on overboost) between the 4S and Turbo models. Often considered the ‘sweet spot’ in Porsche’s internal-combustion-engined model ranges in which the nameplate has been applied, Motor.es reports the Taycan GTS will feature dual-motor all-wheel-drive and a maximum power output of around 600 to 620 horsepower (441-456kW).

With those numbers, a sub-4.0 second dash to 100km/h is certainly on the cards, as is a top speed upwards of 250km/h. It’s probable the 93.2kWh battery will ship as standard, which we’d estimate would enable a driving range of around 450km.

Additionally, GTS convention dictates the inclusion of many previously-optional performance features as standard, so expect items such as Sport Chrono, rear-wheel steering and Power Steering Plus to shift out of the lengthy option list and become standard-fit.

It’s unclear in the Spanish report whether both the entry-level and GTS variants will carry over to the aforementioned Cross Turismo range – we’d wager merely the former.

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is rumoured to make its debut in the northern autumn of 2020, with the ‘Taycan’ and GTS models set to arrive sometime in 2021.
 

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GTS should be awesome
 

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....along with the same trims for the Cross Turismo....
I take the information from this article with a grain of salt, but for some reason they seem to have gotten rumors of a Taycan Sport Turismo *and* a Taycan Cross Turismo -- the former having the same ground clearance as the Taycan sedan and the latter having higher ground clearance (presumably akin to Volvo's standard wagon vs. their Cross Country wagon). I

https://paultan.org/2020/04/02/spied-porsche-taycan-cross-turismo-in-winter-tests/
 



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