Engineering of Porsche’s second dedicated electric model, the Taycan Cross Turismo, has begun in earnest, with prototypes of the new high-riding estate seen undergoing high-speed testing at the Nürburgring.
Despite the prototype pictured here being disguised, it appears both the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo will share their front-end appearance through to the trailing edge of the front doors. From there on back, however, the Taycan Cross Turismo receives its own unique styling, as with the Panamera and Panamera Sport Turismo.
Among the styling elements differentiating the Taycan Cross Turismo from the four-door Taycan are a longer roof and a steeper-angled tailgate – both aimed at providing it with added practicality and greater load space. Also evident is the added ground clearance of the concept, intended to provide the car with moderate off-road ability in combination with four-wheel drive.
Like the standard Taycan, which is planned to go into production later this year, the Taycan Cross Turismo is planned to offer at least three different outputs and the choice of rear or four-wheel drive.
Porsche is remaining tight-lipped on exact power output, but chairman Oliver Blume has confirmed the initial saloon will receive “more than 600bhp” from two electric motors – one powering the front wheels and the other the rears.
A less powerful version with a single, circa-450bhp electric motor and rear-wheel drive is rumoured to be under development, but it's unlikely to be launched before the end of 2020, according to Porsche sources.