WATCH: Get the skinny on Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo from Stefan Weckbach

By CARSIFU | 20 February 2021

STUTTGART: Porsche is giving the all-electric Taycan Cross Turismo a final shakedown ahead of series production.

Who better to learn more about the so-called cross utility vehicle than from Taycan chief Stefan Weckbach?

The launch date of the electric wagon is yet to be announced but Porsche hopes to distract with the following drive cum narration from an expert.

Weckbach gave some insights on the car's development as he drove it on the empty rural roads east of Weissach.

The Taycan Cross Turismo is the second Taycan model after the Taycan sports sedan.

Its long roofline and increased ride height was foretold in the Mission E Cross Turismo Concept back in 2018.

“With the Taycan Cross Turismo, we wanted to offer a little bit more space, a little more flexibility and versatility,” Weckbach says from behind the wheel.

“We developed a completely new roofline, fitted with roof rails, a more generous second row and bigger trunk, all to make a car that is perfect for an active lifestyle. A car that is perfect for both an urban environment and the countryside.”

The Cross Turismo glides around sweeping bends as its commander in chief talks freely about what has, up until now, been a closely guarded secret beyond the walls of Weissach and the Taycan production line in Zuffenhausen.

“In order to enable it to handle light off-roading and gravel roads,” Weckbach continues, “we increased the ground clearance. And we optimised our suspension system so the Cross Turismo comes with a CUV (cross utility vehicle) specific driving mode. This makes sure it does well on gravel roads in terms of stability, performance, and dynamics.”

The Taycan has already enjoyed a remarkable start, with more than 20,000 units delivered worldwide in its first full year of production. Now, the appeal of Porsche’s first all-electric sports sedan is set to grow still further, reaching a new set of customers who want to take their low-impact lifestyle off the beaten track.