The new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo features all the strengths of the Taycan such as superior performance and long range. In addition, there is more headroom for rear-seat passengers and a maximum luggage compartment capacity of over 1,200 litres loaded via the large tailgate. The chassis, with standard all-wheel drive and air suspension, is height-adjustable. The Taycan Cross Turismo will be launched on the market in the summer of 2021. It is anticipated that the five largest markets for this version of the Taycan will be the US, the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Germany.
Purist exterior design with Porsche DNA
The visual appearance of the Taycan Cross Turismo is closely based on the Mission E Cross Turismo concept study presented at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2018. In particular, its silhouette is defined by the sporty roof line sloping towards the rear - called the flyline by Porsche designers. The off-road design elements include wheelarch trims, unique lower aprons at the front and rear as well as the side sills. In combination with the Off-Road Design package, the Cross Turismo has special flaps at the corners of the front and rear bumpers and at the ends of the sills. These make for a striking exterior and provide protection from stone impacts. Like the Taycan sports saloon, the new Cross Turismo also features innovative elements such as the glass-effect Porsche lettering in the light bar.
Unique interior design with a wide display band
The highly praised design contours familiar from the Taycan sports saloon can be found in the interior: the wing-shaped upper and lower sections of the dashboard stretch across the entire width of the vehicle. The free-standing, curved instrument cluster forms the highest point on the dashboard. A central 10.9-inch infotainment display and a further, optional, front passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look. A compass is installed on the top of the dashboard in combination with the Off-Road Design package.
Innovative chassis systems
The integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control analyses and synchronises all chassis systems in real time. Porsche uses a centrally networked control system for the chassis of the Taycan Cross Turismo. Adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology including the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) electronic damper control system is fitted as standard in all Taycan Cross Turismo models. The air suspension includes a Smartlift function as standard. This allows the customer to easily programme the system so that the ride height is automatically raised at certain recurring locations such as road humps or garage driveways. Such positions can be stored by simply pressing the chassis button.
The Gravel Mode driving programme
The Taycan Cross Turismo comes as standard with the additional Gravel Mode driving programme for journeys on light off-road terrain such as gravel tracks or muddy road surfaces. In this mode, the ride height is raised by 30 millimetres compared with the saloon. Gravel Mode also influences the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) and Porsche Stability Management (PSM) chassis systems, as well as the rear-axle transmission. The shift operations of the latter are optimised to ensure maximum traction. The car's throttle characteristics have also been designed specially for off-road driving in terms of power delivery and control precision.
Large battery with up to 800 volts as standard
The Taycan Cross Turismo operates with a system voltage of 800 volts (voltage range 610 V to 835 V) instead of the 400 V that is usual for electric cars. The standard two-deck Performance Battery Plus contains 33 cell modules consisting of 12 individual cells each (396 in total). Total capacity is 93.4 kWh.
Flexible upgrades after purchase with Functions on Demand (FoD)
Thanks to FoD, Taycan drivers can purchase various convenience and assist functions as required. What makes this approach special is that it is also possible to specify certain upgrades after the vehicle has been delivered, and availability does not depend on the sports car's original configuration. It is not necessary to visit a workshop thanks to online activation. This is currently available for Porsche Intelligent Range Manager (PIRM), Power Steering Plus, Active Lane Keeping and Porsche InnoDrive.
Automatic chassis lowering for even better aerodynamics
Thanks to optimised airflow characteristics, the aerodynamic design, which features a Cd value from 0.26, makes a significant contribution to low energy consumption, and therefore to long range. The measures relating to Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) include the adjustable air intakes at the front. The air suspension also allows the frontal area and Cd value to be reduced at higher speeds by lowering the Taycan Cross Turismo in two stages. The roof spoiler at the rear is fixed.
Innovative drive motors and two-speed transmission
All Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo models have two electric motors, one fitted on the front axle and a second on the rear axle, and therefore have all-wheel drive as standard. Both the range and the continuous power of the drive benefit from the high efficiency of the permanently excited synchronous motors. The electric motor, transmission and pulse controlled inverter are each combined into a compact drive module. The potential recuperation power has been increased even more. At up to 290 kW, it is significantly higher than the recuperation power of competitors.
Intelligent charging management at home and on the road
Taycan Cross Turismo drivers can charge their vehicles at home with up to 11 kW of alternating current (AC) as standard. An on-board charger with a capacity of 22 kW is available as optional equipment. When on the road, Taycan Cross Turismo drivers benefit from a sophisticated temperature management strategy for the battery. Precisely controlled heating of the cells when the car is approaching a high-power charging station allows the batteries to be charged with higher currents (direct current, DC), speeding up the process significantly. The battery can be recharged to provide a range of up to 100 kilometres (according to WLTP) in approximately five minutes. The Plug & Charge function enables convenient charging and payments without the need for cards or an app: as soon as the charging cable is plugged in, the Taycan Cross Turismo establishes encrypted communication with the Plug & Charge-compatible charging station. The charging and payment processes then start automatically.
Sporty accessories: new e-bikes and high-speed roof box
With the eBike Sport and the eBike Cross, Porsche is launching two e-bikes in parallel. Thanks to their timeless design as well as powerful and sustainable drive technology, they are perfectly matched to the Taycan Cross Turismo. The sporty character of the Porsche Taycan served as inspiration for both models. The organically shaped carbon frame of the bikes evokes the roofline of the vehicle. Porsche has also developed a rear carrier for up to three bicycles for the Taycan Cross Turismo. This sets new standards in packaging and usability. It can also be used universally for different bicycle types. The tailgate can be opened even when the carrier is loaded. Roof boxes, including a new Performance model approved for speeds up to 200 km/h, and the DTS roof transport system are also available via Porsche Tequipment. The latter system comprises cross-bars for the roof rails of the Taycan Cross Turismo.
Sophisticated mix of materials for maximum strength
Like on the saloon, the battery of the Taycan Cross Turismo is installed low-down and centrally, thereby contributing to the vehicle's low centre of gravity. The aluminium housing of the underfloor battery is part of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo's safety structure. The fully galvanised body is made primarily of aluminium and steel. A torsion ring made of profiled aluminium is integrated into the tailgate for improved longitudinal bending strength.
Extensive passive safety systems
Depending on the seating configuration, four or five three-point seat belts with force limiters are fitted as standard. The Porsche Side Impact Protection System consists of side impact protection elements in the doors and thorax airbags that are integrated in the side bolsters of the front seats. The side protection system is rounded off by curtain airbags covering the entire roof frame and side windows from the A- to the C-pillar. Full-size airbags and one knee airbag each for the driver and front passenger are fitted at the front.
Innovative air conditioning concept
In the Taycan Cross Turismo, the louvre-less air vents are electronically controlled and, for the first time, integrated into the fully automatic control of the air conditioning system. The optional heat pump uses the waste heat from the powertrain to warm the car's interior efficiently. This provides the customer with benefits in terms of range, particularly at low ambient temperatures.
Extensive standard equipment
The stowage package, which comprises compartments in the front and rear centre consoles and two tie-down straps in the luggage compartment, is standard on the Taycan Cross Turismo. Porsche has upgraded the standard equipment of the Taycan for the 2021 model year and the Cross Turismo models naturally benefit from this. Digital radio is standard. Digitally broadcast radio stations in DAB, DAB+ and DMB audio formats offer significantly better sound quality. Porsche has also enhanced the standard equipment in terms of connectivity. Apple® podcasts can now be selected as an individual media source. With LED headlights, Advanced Climate Control (two zones), multifunction sports steering wheel, partial leather interior and eight-way electrically adjustable comfort seats, the standard equipment of the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo and Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is already extensive. For the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, 14-way electrically adjustable comfort seats come as standard. The features of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo include 18-way electrically adjustable adaptive sports seats, a leather-free two-tone interior and rear-axle steering, the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Electric Sport Sound.
Carbon-neutral and sustainable production
The newly built factory for the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo in the Zuffenhausen district of Stuttgart is pursuing a vision of a production facility with no environmental impact. This commitment to sustainability is also clearly shown by the materials used in the interior of the electric sports car, some of which consist of recycled materials, and the establishment of a charging infrastructure that uses green electricity. All charging operations with Porsche Charging Service are carbon-neutral. Porsche drivers can filter the available charging stations using the Green Electricity charging station filter.
Porsche has made a successful start into the all-electric age
Porsche delivered more than 20,000 Taycan sports saloons to customers worldwide in 2020. Taycan models currently account for 70 per cent of all Porsche models sold in Norway. The electric sports car has also received more than 50 international awards in almost 20 countries, above all in its principal markets of Germany, the US, the UK and China.
The all-rounder among electric sports cars
Porsche is expanding the product portfolio of its first all-electric sports car range with the addition of the versatile Taycan Cross Turismo version, thereby continuing the systematic pursuit of its path towards sustainable mobility. Like the Taycan sports saloon, the Taycan Cross Turismo benefits from an innovative electric drive with 800-volt architecture. The new high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension also ensures uncompromising dynamics off-road. With 47 millimetres more headroom for rear-seat passengers and up to 1,212 litres of load capacity, loaded via a large tailgate at the rear, the Cross Turismo is a true all-rounder.
"In 2019, we sent out a key signal with the debut of our first all-electric sports car," said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, at the world premiere of the new, even more versatile derivative. "We see ourselves as pioneers of sustainable mobility: by 2025, half of all the new vehicles we deliver will have an electrified drive - either fully electric or plug-in hybrid. In 2020, one in three of all vehicles we delivered in Europe had an electric powertrain. The future belongs to electric mobility. With the Taycan Cross Turismo, we're taking another major step in this direction."
Full Cross Turismo range right from the start
Four derivatives of the Taycan Cross Turismo are available immediately from launch. The Performance Battery Plus with a total capacity of 93.4 kWh is always fitted as standard. The model range comprises the following:
The high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension comes as standard on all four models. The optional Off-Road Design package increases ground clearance by up to 30 mm. This means that the Cross Turismo can also be driven on mixed surfaces and uneven tracks. The standard Gravel Mode improves suitability for driving on rough roads.
In terms of its visual appearance, the Taycan Cross Turismo (length/width/height: 4,974/1,964/1,409 mm ) closely follows the Mission E Cross Turismo concept study presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show: Its silhouette is defined by the sporty roofline sloping downward to the rear - called the flyline by Porsche designers. Off-road design elements include wheel arch trims, unique front and rear lower aprons and side sills. As part of the Off-Road Design package, the Cross Turismo has special flaps at the corners of the front and rear bumpers and at the ends of the sills. These make for a striking exterior and provide protection from stone impacts.
Sporty accessories: new rear carrier and e-bikes
Especially for the Taycan Cross Turismo, Porsche has developed a rear carrier for up to three bicycles that sets the benchmark for packaging and usability. It can be used universally for different types of bikes. One of its innovative features is that the tailgate can be opened even when the rear carrier is loaded. With the eBike Sport and the eBike Cross, Porsche is launching two high-quality e-bikes at the same time. Thanks to their timeless design as well as powerful and sustainable drive technology, they are perfectly matched to the Taycan Cross Turismo.
The Taycan Cross Turismo will be launched on the market in the summer of 2021. Prices in Germany start at 93,635 euros (including 19 per cent VAT and country-specific equipment).
Purist appearance with Porsche DNA
The visual appearance of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is closely based on the Mission E Cross Turismo concept study presented at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2018. In particular, its silhouette is defined by the sporty roof line sloping downward to the rear - called the flyline by Porsche designers. Off-road design elements include wheel arch trims, unique front and rear lower aprons and side sills. As part of the Off-Road Design package, the Cross Turismo has special flaps at the corners of the front and rear bumpers and at the ends of the sills. These make for a striking exterior and provide protection from stone impacts.
The front: a striking look with a unique light signature
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is the first all-electric Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV). Its potential to drive both on- and off-road are clearly signalled by its ride height. The Taycan Cross Turismo is approximately 30 mm higher off the ground than the Taycan saloon.
The front end is characterised by the Cross Turismo-specific front apron. On the Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo, the inlay is finished in carbon as standard. The inlays on the other models are painted in Brilliant Silver. The front apron is optionally also available in Vesuvius Grey or High-Gloss Black.
The headlights: high-tech meets design
Their lighting technology plays a crucial role in their striking front ends and contributes to the high recognition factor of the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo. The following headlight systems are available for all models:
The side view: sporty proportions and sculpted surfaces
The silhouette of the Taycan Cross Turismo is defined by its sporty flyline that slopes towards the rear. In comparison with the Taycan sports saloon, it extends much further to the rear and ends in a fixed roof spoiler finished in High-Gloss Black. The resulting additional headroom leads to an even more comfortable seating position for rear-seat passengers compared with that in the Taycan saloon.
The optional large panoramic fixed-glass roof, which extends continuously from the windscreen to the roof spoiler, ensures a light-flooded, bright interior and an outstanding view to the outside. Roof rails are optionally also available in combination with the panoramic fixed glass roof. These permit mounting, for example, of the new Performance roof box. The roof rails themselves are available either in aluminium or black aluminium.
The dynamic design of the side window graphic is just as striking as the flyline of the Taycan Cross Turismo. The wheel arch trims underline the sporty crossover character of the lifestyle-oriented Porsche.
The distinctive look is completed by the Cross Turismo-specific door sills in Black.
The flat door handles are flush with the doors and pop out electrically when required. Their visual appearance accentuates the overall distinct and modern impression of the vehicle.
An extended range of wheels is available for the new Taycan Cross Turismo with a total of three new designs. These are reserved exclusively for the Taycan Cross Turismo and perfectly match the crossover character of the vehicle.
The rear: Porsche logo in glass-effect look with circuit board graphic as a highlight
At the rear of the Taycan Cross Turismo, the aerodynamically optimised fixed roof spoiler ensures outstanding overall aerodynamic characteristics. The roof spoiler is finished in High-Gloss Black as standard.
The Cross Turismo-specific rear diffuser features a louvred design and underlines the ambitions of the Taycan Cross Turismo to cut a dash both on- and off-road.
A narrow bar, illuminated from the inside, stretches across the full width of the rear of the car. It houses a Porsche logo made of three-dimensionally shaped glass letters. Besides this glass-effect design, a unique feature is that the lettering is embedded in a three-dimensional black circuit board design. Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur optionally offers this graphic with dark metallisation and the deep glass letters in Glacier Ice Blue or Black.
The highly praised design contours familiar from the Taycan sports saloon can also be found in the new variant's interior: the wing-shaped upper and lower sections of the dashboard stretch across the entire width of the vehicle. The free-standing, curved instrument cluster forms the highest point on the dashboard. A central 10.9-inch infotainment display and a further, optional front passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look.
A compass is installed on the top of the dashboard in combination with the Off-Road Design package. This shows the car's heading in analogue form by means of a rotating compass rose and provides information on altitude and time on a digital display.
Thanks to the new model's modified roofline, the up-to-three rear-seat passengers that the Cross Turismo can carry enjoy 47 mm more headroom than in the Taycan. The large tailgate provides easy access to the rear luggage compartment of the Taycan Cross Turismo: with a width of 776 mm and a height of 538 mm, the opening is much wider and higher than on the saloon (445 and 325 mm respectively). Depending on the equipment specified, the rear luggage compartment has a capacity of up to 446 litres (saloon: 407 l). This even increases up to 1,212 l when the rear-seat backrests, which can be split 60:40, are folded forward. The front compartment offers an additional 84 l. A partition net, bag hooks and tie-down straps (optionally available in the stowage package) ensure that the rear loadspace remains tidy.
The luggage compartment cover is an example of the high amount of development time that Porsche has invested into even the smallest details. The cover can be stowed behind the rear seat bench to save space because it does not have any side lugs and is therefore narrower than the luggage compartment. Instead, the four lugs are folded out of the side trim and can also be used as bag hooks. The cords for securing the cover on the tailgate can be clipped into the cover when it is removed.
Four display modes for the instrument cluster
The innovative instrument cluster consists of a 16.8-inch curved display with the rounded shape that is characteristic of Porsche. There is no cowl, which ensures a slim and modern appearance in the style of high-quality smartphones and tablets. Drivers can choose between four display modes for the instrument cluster:
The small, touch-control panels at the edges of the screen operate the lights and chassis functions. The instrument cluster is therefore wider than the steering wheel and reminiscent of the original 911.
A colour head-up display is available on request. This projects relevant information directly into the driver's field of vision. The display has been divided into a main display section, status section and a third section that shows temporary content, such as calls or navigation information. A navigation display, power meter and a user-defined view can also be selected as pre-sets.
The steering wheel has a lightweight appearance visually and is available in two versions: in addition to the multifunction sports steering wheel in leather, which can be personalised with colour inserts as part of the Accent package, Porsche offers the GT Race-Tex multifunction sports steering wheel as an option. It has a distinctive design with visible screw heads and features a round Drive Mode switch, which is characteristic of Porsche and can be used to select the various driving modes.
The wing-shaped upper and lower sections of the dashboard stretch across the entire width of the vehicle. A central 10.9-inch infotainment display and optional passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look, which blends in visually with the interior.
All user interfaces with clear layout
Control is always intelligent and intuitive, using touch operation or the voice control function, which responds to the command "Hey Porsche".
All vehicle configurations for the Taycan, such as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), can easily be set up on the central screen directly. The driver can quickly access all apps via a clearly structured and customisable home screen. Apps include navigation, telephone, media, comfort and Porsche Connect. With the optimised voice control function, drivers can access their required function even faster. Front passengers in the Taycan Cross Turismo also have the option of their own touch display, allowing them to easily adjust settings without distracting the driver.
The elevated centre console intensifies the feeling of a low, sporty seating position, as you would expect from a Porsche. It features a large 8.4-inch touch panel with haptic feedback. This allows the air-conditioning settings to be adjusted directly. Integrated handwriting recognition also allows addresses to be entered quickly.
Every detail has been reduced to the essentials. Like the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Taycan Cross Turismo has a compact gear selector switch in the instrument panel instead of the classic selector lever. This gives the centre console a tidy look and creates storage space. A reduction to the essentials and a clear approach are also evident in the design of the air vents. They have been fully modernised and can be operated intuitively. Traditional, mechanically operated louvres belong in the past, as airflows are now controlled both digitally and fully automatically (Virtual Airflow Control). By clicking the Climate menu, it is possible to switch between Focused for fast, directional cooling and Diffused for draught-free air conditioning. If the optional four-zone automatic climate control system (Advanced Climate Control) has been ordered, an additional 5.9-inch touch control panel with haptic feedback allows the system to be operated from the rear seats.
A wide range of personalisation options and innovative material concepts
The colour and material concept of the Taycan Cross Turismo allows for individualised equipment, from traditional through to sustainable and modern. As standard, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo comes with a partial leather interior as well as front comfort seats with eight-way electrical adjustment. There is the option of classic leather as well as the sustainably tanned Club Leather OLEA, which uses olive leaves in the tanning process. The natural quality of the leather is accentuated by a special cloud print. A new feature is the fully leather-free interior with state-of-the-art surface textures. Race-Tex material, which is a high-quality microfibre material partially consisting of recycled polyester fibres, is used here. Its production emits 80 per cent less CO2 than traditional materials. The floor covering uses the recycled fibre Econyl®, which is made in an innovative production process using recycled fishing nets, among other things.
The Taycan Cross Turismo is available with a wide range of interior and exterior configurations in traditional and modern styles. Interior accents and trims underline the attention to detail, while meeting the highest quality standards typical of Porsche in terms of material characteristics and workmanship. In addition to the Black/Lime Beige, Blackberry, Atacama Beige and Meranti Brown interior colours, customers can also create special contrasts in their car's interior with the optional Accent package. Customers can choose from Matt Black, Dark Silver or Neodyme, an elegant champagne tone. The trim of the doors and centre consoles can be made of wood, matt carbon, embossed aluminium or fabric.
In addition to the host of innovations, there is another detail that should not be missing on any Porsche: as with the ignition lock on conventional Porsche models, the power button is located on the left behind the steering wheel.
The fully galvanised body of the Taycan Cross Turismo is made mainly from aluminium and steel. A torsion ring made of profiled aluminium is a new feature in comparison with the sports saloon. It has been integrated in the tailgate to increase its longitudinal bending strength.
The strut mounts, axle mounts and the rear side members are made of die-cast aluminium while the shock absorber mounts are made of forged aluminium. The front side members combine an aluminium shell construction with extruded sections. The 1,941-mm sills are designed as seven-chamber extruded sections. Compared to steel sills, this reduces the number of components per side from 15 to three.
Hot-formed steels protect the passenger cell (A-pillar structure, B-pillar inside/outside, side roof frame, seat crossmember). A highlight is the bulkhead crossmember, which is made of manganese-boron steel. Special manufacturing processes are used to produce various cross-sections within the tubular component. This results in maximum strength with optimised weight. Apart from the front- and rear-end components, the complete outer skin is made from aluminium. With a draw depth of 325 mm, the one-piece aluminium side panel posed a particular challenge for development and production. The total aluminium content for the Taycan Cross Turismo is around 37 per cent.
The low and central installation position of the battery ensures a low centre of gravity. Its integration was an essential cornerstone in the design of the body. The aluminium housing of the underfloor battery was designed as a load-bearing component and forms part of the Taycan's safety structure. A total of 28 bolts connect the housing to the body.
Foot garages - recesses in the battery in the rear footwell - make sitting in the back an even more comfortable experience. Two luggage compartments are available: the front has a capacity of 84 l, while the compartment at the rear takes up to 1,212 l.
The panoramic fixed glass roof: a clear view without distracting roof bows
Due to its flat design, the optional panoramic fixed-glass roof blends harmoniously into the silhouette. Transverse bows were not required. This means that the continuous area of the roof in the Taycan Cross Turismo measures one square metre, and therefore provides an even more pleasant feeling of space and airiness. A Porsche roof transport system can also be mounted on the optional roof rails.
For the first time in a Porsche, low-emissivity thermal insulation glass is used for the panoramic fixed glass roof on the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo. Several wafer-thin metal layers are applied to the insulating glass. As the thermal insulation glass allows short-wave radiation to pass through and reflects long-wave infra-red radiation, the vehicle interior will heat up more slowly in summer. This also means that the heat in the interior is retained longer in winter. In combination with the glass tint, it has therefore been possible to dispense with a roller blind. An intermediate layer in the glass structure also provides acoustic insulation for the interior.
Innovative, ergonomic and easy to fit
Porsche has developed a rear carrier for two bicycles for the Taycan Cross Turismo that sets the benchmark in packaging and usability. It can also be used universally for different bicycle types. The tailgate can be opened even when the carrier is loaded. Due to the long wheel rails and the high payload of 50 kg, the system can also be used for e-bikes with a long wheelbase. The rear carrier can be optionally upgraded with an additional rail for a third bicycle.
The bicycle carrier is engaged in special holders on the rear of the Taycan Cross Turismo by means of two longitudinal members. The vehicle preparation for this must be ordered during the vehicle configuration process. The carrier can be fitted in just a few steps without any tools, and only needs lifting by around ten centimetres for this. Each step of the fitting processes ensures that the previous has been locked. The functionally and weight-optimised mixed-material design, which comprises aluminium (alloys), high-strength steels and (fibre) composites results in a system weight of around 25 kg. As a comparison, conventional carriers require a trailer hitch as the connection to the vehicle, and their system weight can be well over 50 kg. When stowed, the Porsche rear bicycle carrier has a compact, flat-pack size of 26 x 75 x 89 cm.
A further advantage of the way that it is connected to the body by means of two longitudinal members is strength. This has been underlined by extensive tests performed during the car's development process. A loaded bicycle carrier was subjected to the same tough tests as the vehicles, including on test rigs, at proving grounds and in road traffic. As part of the tests, many thousands of kilometres were driven in extremely different climatic conditions and on the roughest roads.
The carrier was intentionally positioned low down on the rear of the Taycan Cross Turismo. It causes the least aerodynamic disturbance there and is much better in those terms than a roof carrier. What is more, the bicycles only have to be lifted by around 10 cm - this is particularly advantageous for e-bikes, which can often be quite heavy. The tailgate of the Cross Turismo can also still be opened when bicycles are mounted on the carrier because a hydraulically damped mechanism allows the carrier to be folded down by approximately 40 degrees.
Other highlights of the new rear bicycle carrier:
Besides the expansion rail for a third bicycle, further optional equipment includes an additional curved spacer element for this third bicycle, a carry bag and a folding loading rail.
Extensive fine tuning in the wind tunnel
With a Cd value from 0.26, the Taycan Cross Turismo has an excellent drag coefficient. Its frontal area is 2.37 square metres, This results in a resistance area of 0.616 square metres. The car's aerodynamics make a significant contribution to its low energy consumption and resultant long range. In addition to the optimised basic shape of the car, which has been developed while staying true to the Porsche design DNA, air curtains and Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) are important special features.
Its superb aerodynamic performance was achieved through extensive work on the design concept and fine tuning, with the Cross Turismo braving the storm in the wind tunnel for approximately 325 hours. The rear of the car, in particular, was optimised down to the very last detail. The Taycan sports saloon has also spent 1,500 hours in the wind tunnel during the development process.
Aerodynamic features include air curtains, in which the headlights seem to float in large air intakes, which guide the air like a curtain over the front wheel housings. This reduces turbulence and, combined with the aerodynamically optimised wheels, lowers air resistance as well.
In the Taycan, it was possible to completely panel the underbody as there is no hot exhaust gas system. The suspension links are fully covered and equipped with air ducts. At the rear in particular, the aerodynamics experts have succeeded in making use of the freedom offered by a fully electric vehicle by implementing an extremely wide rear diffuser. This creates aerodynamic efficiency: the perfect combination of low drag and reduced lift.
Measures in the area of active aerodynamics include the lower side air intakes at the front. With their fully variable, individually controllable cooling air flaps, they supply the two radiators located towards the outside of the car. At the same time, the airflow onto the brakes is controlled as required via a brake air duct. The vehicle continuously monitors the current thermal load on its brake discs and requests the targeted cooling of them if necessary - for example on the race track.
Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) thus offers several advantages at the front of the Taycan Cross Turismo. When the cooling air flaps are closed, the system reduces drag and therefore increases range. When the flaps are open, PAA improves the performance of the cooling system and the brakes at the same time. Control of the cooling air flaps is always demand-driven and depends on the driving mode selected as well as vehicle speed and cooling requirement.
In addition to the classic elements of Porsche Active Aerodynamics, the new Taycan Cross Turismo also makes use of the aerodynamic possibilities offered by its air suspension. Depending on the speed and the selected driving mode, a lower position is activated, which additionally reduces drag. The roof spoiler at the rear is fixed.
Breathtaking acceleration figures, sports car traction and superior, continuously available power. This is the performance that you would expect from a genuine sports car.
The electric motors: synchronous motors with hairpin winding
All Taycan Cross Turismo models have two particularly efficient electric motors, one fitted on the front axle and a second on the rear axle, and therefore have all-wheel drive. Both the range and the continuous power of the drive benefit from the high efficiency of the permanently excited synchronous motors. The electric motor, transmission and pulse controlled inverter are each combined into a compact drive module. The rear axle module is installed parallel to the axle. The pulse-controlled inverter is mounted on this in a balcony configuration to increase luggage compartment volume. Thanks to its coaxial design, the front axle module is integrated into the front of the vehicle, taking up a very small area.
Permanently excited synchronous motors have a rotor with high-quality permanent magnets that generate a natural magnetic field. The rotor thus moves synchronously with the magnetic rotating field of the stator, which is why it is known as a permanently excited synchronous motor. A pulse-controlled inverter specifies the frequency of the rotating field in the stator, therefore determining the rotor speed. On account of their structure, functionality and their excellent thermal behaviour, the permanently excited synchronous motors are able to deliver the high performance expected of a Porsche.
A special feature of the electric motors used in the Taycan Cross Turismo is the hairpin winding. Here, the stator coils consist of wires that are rectangular rather than round. The wires are bent and their shape - before they are inserted into the stator's laminated core - is reminiscent of that of hairpins, hence the name 'hairpin'. The open ends are welded together using a laser beam. The manufacturing process of hairpin technology is complex, but it allows the wires to be packed more densely and thus increases the amount of copper in the stator. While conventional winding processes have a copper filling factor of 45 to 50 per cent, it is just under 70 per cent in this case. This increases power and torque for the same volume. Another important advantage is that a hairpin stator can be cooled considerably more efficiently.
The liquid-cooled synchronous motor on the front axle has an active length of 160 mm and an active diameter of 190 mm. The synchronous motor on the rear axle is slightly more compact on the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo and Taycan 4S Cross Turismo than on the more powerful variants: the electric motor on the rear axle is 130 mm long and has a diameter of 245 mm (Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo: 210 and 245 mm). The modules generally have the highest power density (kW per litre of installation space) of all electric powertrains on the market today.
Pulse-controlled inverters control the motors
The pulse-controlled inverter is the most important component for controlling the electric motors. In the Taycan Cross Turismo, a pulse-controlled inverter is mounted on each drive module on the front and rear axles. The pulse-controlled inverters convert the direct current supplied by the battery into the alternating current required to drive the electric motors. The reverse happens during braking: here it converts the alternating current obtained during recuperation into direct current for charging the battery. In the Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo, a pulse-controlled inverter with a maximum current rating of 600 A is used on the front axle (other Cross Turismo models: 300 A). An inverter with a maximum current of 600 A is installed on the rear axle of all models. Both pulse-controlled inverters operate with a remarkably high efficiency of almost 98 per cent.
Power transmission: two-speed transmission unique to Porsche
On the front axle, the power from the electric motor is transmitted to the front wheels via a coaxial, compact one-speed planetary gear with an overall ratio of approximately 8:1 to an integrated spur-gear lightweight differential.
The two-speed transmission installed on the rear axle in the Taycan Cross Turismo is an innovation developed by Porsche. First gear gives the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo even more acceleration from a standing start, while the long second gear ensures high efficiency and power reserves even at very high speeds.
The two-speed transmission is based on three shafts. In addition to the two spur gear stages, which technically represent the ratio of the second gear, a shiftable planetary gear set is also used, which enables a corresponding reduction for the very short first gear. Around 15 revolutions of the motor represent one wheel revolution. This results in a very high wheel torque, which allows breathtaking acceleration from a standing start.
First gear is mainly used in Sport or Sport Plus driving modes. Launch Control is also available in these modes. The transmission remains in first gear for a relatively long time, then shifts into second gear with a shift overboost.
Second gear has a ratio of around 8:1 like the transmission on the front axle. Eight revolutions of the electric motor thus represent one wheel revolution. This enables a top speed typical of a sports car and acceleration reserves at high speeds. A variable rear limited slip differential is available as an option.
Recuperation: recovering high levels of energy
In vehicles with internal combustion engines, the kinetic energy present at the brakes is converted into heat during deceleration. With electric vehicles, it is possible to recover a large portion of this kinetic energy, use the electric motors as generators during deceleration, and feed the battery with the power generated.
In the area of recuperation, Porsche goes its own way in several respects for the Taycan Cross Turismo:
With the strategy of controlling recuperation mainly via the brake pedal, the driver experiences reproducible and predictable deceleration behaviour which is independent of battery charge and temperature. The result is the driving behaviour characteristic of a Porsche - but in an all-electric vehicle. Testing has shown that thanks to the Taycan Cross Turismo's high recuperation output of up to 290 kW, approximately 90 per cent of braking operations in everyday use are performed by the electric motors alone, without activating the wheel brakes. For this reason and for the first time ever, Porsche is specifying a time-dependent replacement interval for the brake pads and they must be replaced every six years.
The driving modes: free choice between long range or maximum sportiness
The profile of the driving modes in the new Taycan Cross Turismo essentially follows the same philosophy as in other Porsche models. This is supplemented by special settings to make optimum use of the possibilities offered by the purely electric drive. Five driving modes are available: Gravel, Range, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus. In addition, single systems can be configured as required in Individual mode. A prerequisite for the Sport Plus and Individual modes is the Sport Chrono package, which features the mode switch integrated in the steering wheel.
Gravel mode: Control of a wide range of vehicle components significantly increases the vehicle's suitability for driving on rough roads even further. The characteristics of the throttle have been designed specifically for driving on unpaved roads in terms of power delivery and control precision. The two-speed transmission shifts with precise torque control for optimised traction, and the all-wheel drive is optimised for driving on light off-road terrain. In addition, the distribution of torque is optimised for maximum traction on poor surfaces when moving off at lower speeds (crawling) on uphill gradients. An important feature here is also the standard rear-axle differential on the Turbo and Turbo S. If there are articulation forces at low speeds, this provides much more locking torque and therefore more traction. Cooling of the drive components is performance-oriented. Gravel mode also influences the set-up of the springs and dampers, Porsche Stability Management (PSM), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and Porsche Traction Management (PTM). For example, operation of the virtual centre differential lock of the PTM is designed to optimise traction, among other things by limiting the speed differences between the front and rear axles when necessary.
Range mode: The Taycan Cross Turismo performs particularly efficiently in Range mode. Top speed is limited to an adjustable maximum of between 90 and 140 km/h but this can always be overridden by depressing the accelerator pedal. Selecting this mode means that the all-wheel-drive system will distribute power in the most efficient manner possible. In extreme cases, the Taycan Cross Turismo will even be powered exclusively via the front axle. The cooling air flaps and ride height (22 mm lower) are adjusted for minimum drag. Air conditioning, hydraulic pumps, air suspension and headlights also operate in their most efficient configurations.
Normal mode: In the basic setting, the Taycan Cross Turismo delivers its power on a linear basis. All four wheels are driven in efficiency mode. The cooling air flaps are only opened when necessary and the rear spoiler is adjusted and chassis lowered based on speed. The climate control and adaptive cruise control operate without restriction and the air suspension offers full comfort.
Sport mode: The highest performance of the powertrain is available in Sport and Sport Plus modes. Driver requests are implemented dynamically. The battery's cooling and heating strategy is designed for performance. The cooling air flaps are thermally controlled depending on the required cooling capacity. The climate control regulates without restriction, the adaptive cruise control is more dynamic (including more powerful acceleration). The cornering light function also responds more dynamically, and the chassis set-up, including rear axle steering, is adjusted for sporty driving.
Sport Plus mode: Sport Plus puts an even more dynamic spin on the driver's style. The all-wheel drive changes to rear-biased distribution and is dynamically controlled. The battery's cooling and heating strategy is tailored to ensuring maximum performance. The cooling air flaps are open. The chassis set-up, including rear axle steering and PDCC, is optimised for maximum race track performance, and the chassis permanently remains in the lowest position (22 mm lower).
All the systems available in the powertrain are controlled by the Porsche powertrain controller. This is where all the information is collected and the high-speed actuators are controlled. The all-wheel drive and traction control systems operate five times faster than conventional systems in their interaction with the chassis control units. If one wheel has more slip, for example, the electric motors regulate at lightning speed - a particularly impressive experience on snow and ice.
Driving performance: always convincing
The electric powertrain offers dynamic acceleration. However, Porsche is also committed to ensuring that this can happen multiple times in succession. The Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is therefore able to reproduce its impressive 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.1 seconds more than 10 times in succession without any problems. This acceleration performance is also impressive at high speeds. The new Taycan Cross Turismo proves its performance capability multiple times in succession without any drop in power, for example when accelerating out of bends onto a long straight.
Launch Control: full speed ahead!
Launch Control enables maximum acceleration from a standstill and is a standard feature on the Taycan Cross Turismo. It uses an overboost function, which supplies extra power to the electric motors. In the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo, a power output of 560 kW is made available during this time (instead of the peak output of 460 kW).
Innovative, emotive sound
The sound of a Porsche is its acoustic calling card. Every fan knows the unmistakeable sound of a Porsche flat-six engine. Powertrain sounds not only create an emotive connection with the car, but they also allow the driver to assess the traction conditions, for example. Electric cars also have their own sound. The optional Porsche Electric Sport Sound for the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo and Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is skilfully composed and tailored to the vehicle's personality and vehicle status. What is more, all Taycan Cross Turismo models also have a standard system to meet the legal requirements for pedestrian protection. This is harmoniously adapted to the Electric Sport Sound.
Hearing as an acoustic early warning system
Porsche already has experience with developing the sound of electric vehicles from the 919 Hybrid. The works drivers were only able to reach the limits of the multiple Le Mans-winning car in the race simulator if the sound of the real engine matched what the vehicle was doing. In the same way, drivers promptly perceive early information about driving conditions via their sense of hearing, which they can interpret intuitively: the characteristic hissing of the tyres provides information about the quality of the asphalt or how wet the road is. A change in the wind noise, for example, gives an indication of speed or crosswind and the sound of the powertrain, engine and transmission characterises the power delivery and conveys identity-creating characteristics such as power and agility. The ear directly sends signals to the brain when the car's traction limit is reached and for the supplied drive or recuperation power during deceleration.
Porsche Electric Sport Sound makes the vehicle's own drive sound even more emotionally charged and richer with its innovative character both on the outside and inside. For this purpose, disturbing noises from the drive architecture are deliberately minimised and harmonious, emotive sounds matching what the vehicle is doing are amplified. These are composed in such a way that a sound experience characteristic of a Porsche is created: with a clear statement about the electric drive but unmistakably a true Porsche. The driver can activate and deactivate the Electric Sport Sound by selecting Sport Plus driving mode directly in the Drive menu of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) or via the configurable joker keys.
Legally required acoustic warning
In contrast, the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) cannot be switched off at low speeds. The installation of such a generator for warning noises in electric cars has been mandatory in the European Union (EU) since 1 July 2019. The EU regulation prescribes the activation of an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) for the protection of other road users at speeds of up 20 km/h. The situation in China and Japan is similar. The regulation defines highly detailed framework conditions on how an AVAS noise may and may not sound. These apply, for example, to the minimum and maximum volume as well as to certain noise components. The equivalent regulation in the USA even requires a warning sound when the vehicle is stationary and requires an increase in the noise level until 32 km/h is reached.
Porsche engineers also adapted this sound so that it is as emotive, sporty and powerful as is possible within the framework of the legal regulations. The AVAS is faded out above the legally required speed ranges of up to about 50 km/h. When Electric Sport Sound is switched on, the AVAS sound and the emotive sports sound blend harmoniously with each other.
The battery is located in the underbody of the Taycan Cross Turismo, ensuring a low centre of gravity and therefore sporty driving characteristics. The battery housing is a load-bearing component of the body structure, accommodating cooling and electronic components and protecting them from environmental influences.
The waterproof housing is a sandwich construction consisting of a cover at the top and a bulkhead plate at the bottom. The truss-design battery frame, which has multiple subdivisions, is mounted in between. The cooling elements are glued on underneath the bulkhead plate. The battery housing is secured by means of a steel protective plate. For the battery frame, the developers opted for a lightweight aluminium design. On the one hand, this provides a lot of installation space for the cell modules - and consequently a high battery capacity. On the other hand, this has made it possible for the weight of the vehicle to be kept low. Modern joining techniques are used, such as MIG welding (metal welding with inert gases) on the battery frame, laser welding on the bulkhead and protection plates, and heat-conducting adhesive on the line system under the battery.
The standard two-deck Performance Battery Plus contains 33 cell modules consisting of 12 individual cells each (396 in total). Total capacity is 93.4 kWh. The cells themselves are pouch cells. In this cell type, the electrode stack is not enclosed by a rigid housing, but by a flexible composite foil. This allows both optimal use to be made of the rectangular space available for the battery and a reduction in weight. The modules each have an internal control unit for monitoring voltage and temperature and are connected to each other via busbars.
800-volt system voltage: less weight, faster charging
With the Performance Battery Plus, the Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 V (voltage range 610 V to 835 V) instead of the usual 400 V for electric vehicles. This enables consistently high performance, reduces charging time and decreases the weight and installation space of the cabling. Gross capacity is 93.4 kWh. The foot garages - recesses in the battery in the rear footwell - provide the best possible seating comfort in the rear and allow the low vehicle height typical of sports cars.
Heat pump permits intelligent functions
The battery is integrated into the vehicle's cooling circuit via a line system and a coolant pump. It can be cooled or heated so that it always operates in an ideal temperature window. The cooling elements have been placed outside the actual battery box and are glued to its underside so as to allow heat transfer. The fundamental development aim was to dissipate as little heat as possible into the environment and thus be as energy-efficient as possible in winter.
The battery can also store the waste heat from the liquid-cooled high-voltage components. As a result, it serves as a thermal storage device or buffer, which permits intelligent functions, such as battery conditioning, to ensure the car's optimal performance: the target temperature of the battery is determined on the basis of the battery charge and the selected driving programme. This ensures sporty driving characteristics and allows Launch Control to be used.
Depending on the outside temperature, the battery is preconditioned to a certain temperature level when the vehicle is connected to the mains for charging. The interior can be preconditioned independently of the mains.
The vehicle also determines the electrical power consumption of the air-conditioning system and the conditioning of the components based on the outside temperature, air humidity and solar radiation, as well as the currently selected driving mode and the respective setting of the automatic climate control system. The current range is calculated using these figures. In a parallel process, the optional PIRM (Porsche Intelligent Range Manager) provides a background forecast for the Range driving programme. When route guidance is activated, if the range calculation shows that the destination can be reached with a lower battery charge, the system switches to a more energy-efficient driving programme and a different climate control mode.
Intelligent cooling and heating
Thermal management centres around a highly efficient, intelligent system for cooling and heating the high-voltage components. This applies in particular to the high-voltage battery with 800-volt technology, but also to all other high-voltage components such as the on-board DC chargers, DC/DC converters, on-board AC chargers and drive components such as electric motors, pulse-controlled inverters and transmissions. The HV cooling circuit is linked to the cooling system of the vehicle, as required.
This prevents potential power losses due to excessive heat generation by always delivering cooling capacity to exactly the components that need it. This ensures maximum flexibility for all operating modes and the vehicle requirements typical for Porsche. At the same time, the Porsche Charging Planner (PCP) ensures that the optimum temperature has been reached on arrival with route guidance active at a charging station.
On the hardware side, the thermal management system consists of a networked line system with a coolant radiator (front, left-hand direction of travel), three coolant pumps, six coolant valves, two fans and 10 coolant temperature sensors. This is supplemented by the linked components from the air-conditioning system with an A/C condenser (front, right-hand direction of travel), a separate evaporator (chiller) and a heat exchanger for air-conditioning/cooling (iCond).
The entire system is controlled via a sophisticated networked control unit. The amount of drive power available from the high-voltage battery and whether it can be charged quickly depend on the charge level (SoC) and the cell temperature. This results in different temperature targets for the battery, depending on the initial state and the desired final state. The selected driving mode also plays a key role here. In Range mode, operation takes place with optimum efficiency for the drive and high-voltage battery in combination with minimal on-board power consumption (the speed of the coolant pumps is reduced, for example). In contrast, in Sport or Sport Plus mode, the corresponding temperature targets for the coolant flow are selected for maximum performance of the electric motors and pulse-controlled inverters.
The control range is considerably broader than for a conventional combustion engine vehicle, for example. The circuits used in the thermal management of the overall vehicle alone add up to more than 300 states in the Taycan. The optimum energy state at a particular moment is always calculated and adjusted from this. High availability targets, for example for Launch Control, are made possible by a significant and rapid decrease in the coolant temperature. Thermal pre-conditioning for extra-quick charging at the calculated place of arrival or pre-calculated arrival time is also possible.
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