Credit Subaru for unlocking the secret to selling station wagons to Americans in 1995. Faced with slumping sales at the start of the SUV boom, Subaru added plastic body cladding (and a suspension lift a year later) to the Legacy wagon, called it “Outback” and, as other manufacturers such as Volvo can confirm, the formula worked. With the new 2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, the German marque hopes the tactic will yield similar results for its performance-oriented all-electric station wagon.
Similar to how the Tesla Model Y is basically a Model 3 with a minor suspension lift and a different roofline, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo is pretty much a dual-motor all-wheel-drive Taycan sedan featuring a Gravel drive mode, standard air suspension, and minor ride-height increases.
Given that dual-motor all-wheel drive is standard, the powertrains predictably copy those of the Taycan 4 and Turbo models. With a permanent-magnet motor at each axle, the rear drives a two-speed automatic and the front a single-speed gearbox. The standard Taycan 4 Cross Turismo has 375 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque; the 4S model features 482 hp and 479 lb-ft; the Turbo packs 616 hp and 626 lb-ft; and the Turbo S spits out 616 hp and 774 lb-ft. All Taycan Cross Turismos come standard with Porsche’s big Performance Battery Plus, which has 93 kWh of capacity versus the 79 kWh standard on the Taycan sedan. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.