Are we having déjà vu all over again? At last year’s SUV of the Year competition we tossed out some perfectly wonderful contenders for the sin of being cars. Both the Audi A6 Allroad and the Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain failed to make the finalist cut simply because they weren’t SUV enough to compete.
Granted, we really liked both wagons. As cars. In fact, the E-Class went on to take home our coveted 2021 Car of the Year award. As features editor Christian Seabaugh said at the time, “There’s a sense of gatekeeping that comes with proper SUVs.” Hear, hear. So obviously the 2022 Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo is just another chapter in this faux-SUV story, yeah? Not so fast.
Porsche hypes this car as an SUV by calling it the Cross Turismo, as distinct from the exquisite wagon version of the marque’s sedan, the Panamera Sport Turismo. That said, aside from the body style, the only difference between the Cross Turismo and a run-of-the-mill Taycan is standard air suspension, a gravel mode, and a slight ride height increase of 0.8 inch. That’s it.
Underneath the great-looking bodywork is a Cross Turismo-exclusive dual-motor powertrain good for 375 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. Going from sedan to wagon—oops, we mean SUV—does come with a slight range penalty: 215 versus 225 miles for an entry-level Taycan sedan, though your mileage may (greatly) vary, of course.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.