The all-electric, slightly higher-riding Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo has been spied undisguised ahead of its debut early this year.
It looks much the same as the 2018 Mission E Cross Turismo concept, although the plastic cladding around the wheel arches has changed somewhat.
The grey plastic now connects more smoothly to the matching side skirts for a more traditional crossover look.
It might have some SUV-esque styling enhancements but the Taycan Cross Turismo is still quite low and lithe, as you can tell by the way the mid-sized 2006-07 Saturn Vue SUV next to it looms over it.
Up front, the air dam looks more like that of the concept than of the production Porsche Taycan sedan range. Otherwise, this is easily recognisable as a Taycan from the front.
Down back, there’s some graceful curvature to the Taycan’s haunches that gives the Taycan Cross Turismo an even sportier look than the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.
The vented, star-shaped and two-toned alloy wheels look production-spec and suitably aggressive for a Porsche.
Inside, this particular example has an attractive black-and-wood interior.
We expect the Cross Turismo’s powertrain range to mostly mirror that of the sedan in offering 4S, Turbo and Turbo S variants.
The Taycan 4S has 390kW of power and 640Nm of torque, good for a 100km/h sprint time of 4.0 seconds. A 79.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack is standard, but buyers can option the 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus.
Opting for the bigger battery ups outputs to 420kW and 650Nm, and improves range from 365km to a claimed 414km.
Moving to the Taycan Turbo gets you 500kW and 850Nm for a 3.2-second sprint to 100km/h. The bigger battery is standard, and offers a claimed range of 420km.
Finally, the range-topping Taycan Turbo S makes 560kW and 1050Nm. It’ll hit 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds from standstill, and claimed range is 405km.
Expect 0-100km/h times to be fractionally slower for the likely heavier wagon.
We don’t expect there to be a Cross Turismo counterpart to the base, rear-wheel drive Taycan, which debuted in China and is expected to launch here next year.
Porsche has weathered the Coronavirus better than many other automakers and the Taycan has already added a chunk of volume.
In the first three quarters of 2020, Porsche’s global sales were down only five per cent on the same period in 2019.
The company delivered 20,015 examples of its Taycan last year, even as its global rollout is ongoing.
That figure put it within striking distance of the Porsche 718 range, of which Porsche delivered 21,784 vehicles.