Porsche is getting ready to launch the wagon version of its Taycan electric sports sedan, the Taycan Cross Tursimo. Prior to its launch, the German automaker has given us a behind the scene looks into the test program of the Taycan Cross Turismo.
Porsche received a lot of positive feedback when presenting the wagon prototype and ultimately decided to go through with production in 2018. The Taycan Cross Turismo was slated to begin deliveries in 2020 but as we saw with so many projects during the tumultuous year that was 2020, it was delayed to 2021.
Now, prior to its official launch, the German automaker is giving us a behind the scenes look into the extensive test program these electric vehicles have to go through: “The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is currently completing its last development drives. The extensive Porsche testing program has taken the latest version of the Taycan to German race tracks such as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and the Hockenheim Grand Prix circuit as well as on proving grounds around – including one located in the southern Italian town of Nardò. In addition to that, the Cross Turismo has been tested off the beaten path in the south of France and in the Pyrenees. The proving grounds at the Weissach Development Center offered further opportunities to test the off-road capabilities on the Africa-inspired Safari track. With a total of 620,352 testing miles, the Cross Turismo prototypes have circumnavigated the globe almost 25 times measured at the equator.”
Stefan Weckbach, Porsche’s Vice President of the Taycan Model Line, said about the upcoming EV: “When developing the Cross Turismo, we were of course able to build on our experience with the Taycan sports sedan. The biggest challenge was combining the requirements of sportiness with off-road capabilities. The Cross Turismo has to be capable of high performance on the race track and must also be able to handle scree, mud and gravel. The result is impressive. However, the Cross Turismo is not a hardcore off-road vehicle, but specializes in unpaved and dirt roads. It’s like a type of Swiss army knife on up to 21-inch wheels.”
The automaker also released a video that shows the difference in the body of the Cross Turismo, specifically it’s roomy interior: