Few people remember this, but the concept car that previewed the model was shown at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, which happened less than three years ago.
The short time between the concept's reveal and the launch of the production model can only be made possible by the advent of Virtual Reality technologies at Porsche, whose engineers can now test a huge number of systems and components in a virtual environment. Even so, the Taycan Cross Turismo was delayed by several months because of the international health crisis.
This way, the process is not only many times cheaper, since not as many pre-production prototypes need to be built and then ultimately destroyed, but it is also many times faster than the traditional way.
As a matter of fact, virtual prototypes of the Taycan Cross Turismo have already completed over 20 million kilometers (12,4 million miles) by now, which is why the real pre-production models have been rarely seen in the wild in the last year.
The car is so close to being officially revealed that Porsche hasn’t even bothered to throw any more camouflage on the prototypes it sends on the streets nowadays.
Porsche's second electric-only vehicle after the ‘regular’ Taycan, all that the swoopy station wagon wants is to steal a slice of the Tesla Model X market, even though it will be quite a bit more expensive and won't offer a 7-seat version.
That said, just like Model X, the Taycan Cross Turismo is an all-electric luxury crossover/wagon with all-wheel-drive and slightly higher ground clearance, so it's bound to be cross-shopped at some point.
Identical under the hood with the regular Taycan, it's expected that the car will also have similar performance figures despite a slight increase in weight.
We are talking about a lithium-ion battery that's based on the 800-volt architecture, permanent magnet synchronous electric motors and at least three versions: a Taycan Cross Turismo 4S as the entry-level, followed by a Turbo and a Turbo S version, with up to 761 horsepower in boost mode.
The top spec version should be able to go from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in under three seconds in the best conditions, meaning that the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will not only be the most expensive station wagon on the planet, but also the quickest accelerating family car out there.
There are rumors that Porsche is even going for the Nurburgring lap record in the station wagon class, with a 7:30 minute time being chased by last summer’s prototypes.
Even though the Mission E Cross Turismo Concept, upon which its design is based, was a four-seater, the Taycan Cross Turismo should be offered with either a 2+2 or a 5-seat arrangement, not unlike the ICE-powered Panamera Sport Turismo.
If the technical bits, including the battery, are identical to the Taycan sedan, the range will probably be slightly lower, but Porsche might have listened to the nay-sayers and might improve the number of available kWh slightly to keep things proportional.
There is obviously no word on pricing just yet, but considering that the Porsche Taycan Turbo S starts at $185,000 in the U.S., you can expect a Cross Turismo in similar spec to cross the $200,000 mark. And yes, it will be offered in the United States, just like the Panamera Sport Turismo is offered as well now.
Sure, some may say that number is nowhere near the current most expensive wagon, which is the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, but that is more of a shooting brake and doesn’t even have rear passenger doors, unlike the Porsche.