Porsche was initially believed to be launching a Sport Turismo (wagon) variant of the Taycan, but patent images surfacing on the web suggest that a cross variant of the sedan might be up for grabs too.
The images were first uncovered by MotorTrend from the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) website and while it is difficult to conclude anything from mere patent images, there are at least a few details here. For one, the images clearly show a three-box Taycan, but the rear fascia looks to have come from the Cross Turismo (wagon).
Then there is the extra body cladding around the car that comes from the front and down the sides. The front and rear bumpers have been tweaked too, and the ride height seems to have increased a bit to provide an all-road capability. In the case of the Cross Turismo, the ride height is increased by 0.78 inches, and a further 0.39 inches with the Off Road Design package, as compared to the Taycan.
We do not have confirmation on the technical specifications, however, safely expect a configuration similar to the Cross Turismo. The Taycan Cross Turismo 4, depending on the variant, puts out between 375 hp and 616 hp, with the torque is rated between 368 lb-ft and 774 lb-ft. Porsche claims the car can reach a top speed of 155 mph and go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds in the highest specification (Turbo S). The 93.4 kWh battery can be charged 5% to 80% in just 22.5 minutes at a 350 kW DC charger.
Taycan sales on the rise
Porsche’s car sales have been rising steadily. According to a 2021 sales report released by the company on 16 July, Porsche sold a total of 153,656 cars worldwide in the first half of 2021. This is up 31 per cent from the same period 2020. The Porsche Taycan has also been performing well with sales of 19,822 units, 342 per cent higher than the same period the previous year. New variants can only improve what is already a strong performance.
According to a report on insideevs.com, the Taycan family will receive more variants, among which are the Taycan GTS and the Taycan Sport Turismo GTS. insideevs says the variants should arrive in 2022.
Every Porsche comes with a range of body styles and variants, and the Taycan hasn’t been an exception. Just this year, Porsche launched a Cross Turismo variant as well as a rear-wheel-drive entry-level Taycan. Priced at USD 82,700 MSRP, the RWD Taycan is the cheapest of the lot in the United States. In all, there are eight variants of the Taycan, and there is certainly more to come.
Featured Image: USPTO