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PORSCHE TAYCAN CROSS TURISMO

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The Porsche Taycan launched with a bang (inaudible, of course) back in 2019. And what a car it was! With it, Porsche entered the electric scene with a model that set a new benchmark for EVS; performanc­e, style and a level of new-gen engineerin­g that exceeded expectatio­ns.

Amid all the city superminis and SUVS announced, it was an electric car that gave us all hope for what the EV era would bring. Now, less than 18 months on, the Taycan range has been expanded to the Cross Turismo.

The “flyline” trunk shape is familiar from the Panamera Sport Turismo and the added space means 47mm more headroom in the back and a very handy 1,200 litres of boot space. Design-wise, the Taycan’s panelling is more pronounced on this version, while additional off-road detailing like wheel arch trims, front and rear lower aprons and side sills accentuate a more rugged, practical and battle-hardened look and feel. It offers 20mm of extra ground clearance for off-roading your way to the beach, the Taycan’s all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension come as standard too for extra control, and the “gravel” mode setting adapts the chassis, traction and throttle settings should the dust really start to fly. The Middle East will see three variations to choose from, starting with the entry-level Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, all the way up to the speedy Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo.

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