Porsche has revealed the second body-style of its first all-electric model, the Taycan, with the Cross Turismo wagon due to arrive in Australian showrooms from the third quarter of this year.
While four grades have made their debut, only two are confirmed for a local launch, with the 4S and Turbo priced from $201,000 and $271,200 plus on-road costs, meaning they command $10,600 and $2700 premiums over their recently released sedan equivalents respectively.
That said, like all Cross Turismo variants, the 4S comes with the Performance Battery Plus package as standard, while buyers of its sedan counterpart have to pay $11,590 extra for the 93.4kWh battery, making the former effectively $990 cheaper.
All Cross Turismo grades have two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, which are split between the front and rear axles to enable all-wheel drive.
Unlike other electric cars, a single-speed automatic transmission is fitted on the front axle, while a two-speed unit is found on the rear axle to increase the performance potential.
That said, as their names suggest, not all Cross Turismo variants are created equal, with the 4S producing up to 420kW of power and 650Nm of torque, and sprinting from a standstill to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds (0.1s slower than the sedan).
The Turbo ups the ante to a ludicrous 500kW and 850Nm, reaching triple digits in just 3.3s (+0.1s). Of note, maximum power and torque are only available on overboost, which is only activated when launch control is engaged.
For reference, the other two Cross Turismo grades Australia won’t get from launch are the new entry-level 4 and familiar flagship Turbo S, with former developing 350kW and 357Nm, and going from zero-to-100km/h in 5.1s; while the latter punches out 560kW and 1050Nm, and needs just 2.9s (0.1s) to complete the landmark dash.
Driving range on the WLTP combined-cycle test for the 4, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S is 389-456km, 388-452km, 395-452km and 388-419km respectively. Of course, the two variants that are set locally will eventually get claims based on the ADR 81/02 standard.
Using a 270kW DC fast charger with a CCS connector, the Cross Turismo's battery can go from five to 80 per cent capacity in as quickly as 22.5 minutes, while an 11kW AC charger with a Type 2 connector can do the job in nine hours.
So, what really makes the Cross Turismo different to the sedan? Well, its roofline is naturally flatter than that of the sedan, meaning it offers rear occupants an extra 47mm of headroom, while cargo capacity grows to more than 1200L.
And while the Cross Turismo’s suspension features adaptive dampers and air spring as standard, buyers can opt for the unique Off-road Design package that increases ground clearance by up to 30mm. Either way, there’s a bespoke Gravel drive mode.
To complete the rugged transformation, the Cross Turismo also gets obligatory fender flares, side cladding and roof rails as well as specific bumpers inserts.