• The Taycan Cross Turismo is available in three trim levels locally - 4, 4S and Turbo.
• Pricing starts from R2.5-million.
• First arrivals will land locally from the second half of the year.
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Porsche is expanding its first all-electric sports car range with the Taycan Cross Turismo addition.
First arrivals will be touching down in South Africa later this year with a starting price of R2.5-million. A total of three models – 4, 4S, Turbo - will be made available to the local market. However, there is also a Turbo S, but no official confirmation has been given for local introduction as yet. A 3-year or 100 000km drive plan is standard across the range.
Following on from the introduction of the first Taycan in 2019, the German brand aims for a sustainable future to electrify half of its fleet by 2025.
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"We see ourselves as pioneers of sustainable mobility: by 2025, half of all the new vehicles we will deliver will have an electrified drive – either fully electric or plug-in hybrid," says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche.
The newer variant is powered by an 800-volt electric powertrain, working together with a 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus which is standard equipment across the range. This culminates in power figures ranging from 280kW to as much as 500kW.
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The Taycan Crossrange offers many standard goodies like all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension together with an optional Off-road Design Package that increases ground clearance by up to 30mm. The 'Gravel mode' feature allows the Taycan Cross to be driven off-road. It also features a rear carrier that can carry up to three bicycles.
Occupants can make use of the large boot space with 1 200-litres of load capacity on offer.