A Different Interpretation from Porsche: Taycan Cross Turismo

Porsche, always known for producing driver-focused vehicles, introduced two versions in addition to its first electric car, the Taycan: the Sport Turismo and the Cross Turismo. Describing the Sport Turismo as the electric Panamera wouldn’t be far off. But what about the Cross Turismo? Porsche naturally wanted to capitalize on the “SUV” craze where cars are “jacked up” and elevated from the ground. However, did Porsche simply follow this trend, or did it add its own interpretation to it?

The design of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is almost identical to the C-pillar of the Taycan (excluding the plastic body protectors). However, starting from the C-pillar, it transforms into a hatchback-station wagon-like design. While maintaining the Porsche design lines, the model exhibits a cohesive crossover appearance. The Cross Turismo, being 2 cm higher than the Taycan coupe-sedan, is not explicitly focused on off-road capabilities. It is intended to be used more on asphalt roads, similar to contemporary SUVs and crossovers. So, what have Porsche engineers added for those who love off-road adventures?

When you choose the glass roof option for the Cross Turismo, it comes with black or silver roof rails. This glass roof can also be electronically adjusted for sunlight permeability. Porsche engineers have provided the option to attach a roof tent to this glass roof, allowing for camping experiences. Additionally, you can carry up to three bicycles using a bicycle carrier integrated into the rear bumper, reminiscent of some Opel models. The Taycan family, including the Cross Turismo, offers adjustable driving heights and is available with numerous optional features.

While its height may not permit heavy off-road adventures, I believe the main goal of the Taycan Cross Turismo is to drive on rough surfaces without fearing rocks hitting your vehicle. Nobody will take this car on muddy roads in their village due to tractors, but it’s designed for those seeking a “real” car with electric power and driving feel. It’s also for those who feel that the Taycan’s trunk is not sufficient and want the peace of mind when occasionally driving on uneven terrain or making camping trips. If you ask any young person, they would likely choose the Taycan Sedan without hesitation – it’s sporty, powerful, and attractive. What about the hump at the back? However, Porsche has made a smart move by targeting those who prioritize a bit more comfort and utility, appealing to a different audience with the Taycan Cross Turismo.

Porsche has made a few small cost-cutting measures, and I think some of these areas need to be reconsidered. The differences between trim levels like 4, 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S are almost negligible. Virtually everything available in the Turbo can be obtained as options for the 4. Offering the same batteries used in Turbo and Turbo S as options for the 4 and 4S models, as well as providing features like four-wheel steering and Porsche Active Torque Vectoring as options for every trim level, seems to be a questionable decision. Especially at this level, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) should come as standard. For instance, the Turbo and Turbo S versions should have the Chrono Pack and sport-oriented features as standard. Distinguishing between trim levels based solely on appearance, power, and battery differences makes it challenging for customers to understand the equipment levels. How do you find the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo?

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