Porsche adds Taycan electric wagon, stepping up Tesla challenge

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Like the Taycan sedan, the all-wheel drive Taycan Cross Turismo has an electric drive with an 800-volt architecture.

The Taycan Cross Turismo will go on sale in the summer with prices in Germany starting at 93,635 euros ($112,700), Porsche said. The U.S., Germany, the U.K., Norway, and the Netherlands are expected to be its five largest markets.

The vehicle will be offered in four different versions, all with Porsche’s Performance Battery Plus, which has a total capacity of 93.4 kilowatt-hours.

The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo is the entry-level model. It has a range of 389 km to 456 km (242 to 283 miles) under Europe’s WLPT test cycle and can accelerate from 0-100 kph (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds.

The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo accelerates from 0-100 kph a second faster in 4.1 seconds. Its range is 388 km to 452 km.

The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo goes from 0-100 kph in 3.3 seconds. Its range is 395 km to 452 km.

The quickest variant, the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo, accelerates from 0-100 kph in 2.9 seconds. Its range is 388 km to 419 km.

The latest addition to Porsche’s lineup of battery-powered cars was delayed to this year after the COVID-19 outbreak disrupted manufacturing plans.

VW Group’s most profitable unit delivered more than 20,000 Taycan cars last year, just over 7 percent of its total sales.

The Taycan “was the first model from a traditional automaker to raise the tech bar versus Tesla for power and charge time and is uniquely profitable due to its luxury pricing,” Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Michael Dean said in a note this week. “Its key drawback is a lack of range, with a base Taycan 4 achieving only 244 miles.”

Porsche has argued the Taycan, priced at $185,000 in the U.S. for the top Turbo S version, was not designed for maximum range, but for driving performance that allows repeated acceleration without instantly draining the battery.

The Taycan’s success has been a key plank in giving credibility to VW’s push to unseat Tesla as the global electric car leader.

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Saurabh Shukla

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