2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo
Porsche is officially going to have several versions of its Taycan all-electric model, one of which will be an estate or wagon model that will most likely be called Sport Turismo. The Taycan Sport Turismo is exactly the same as the sedan model, but with a bigger trunk and more practicality.
It’s actually going to be the first mass-market, purpose-designed, all-electric wagon ever, and no, the handful of coach-built Tesla Model S wagons don’t count.
The rest of the package remains unchanged, so it’s only going to be sold with an all-electric powertrain (don’t be fooled by the fake exhausts on the back of the camouflaged prototype in these photos provided by our spies) which will provide great performance, as well as a large lithium-ion battery pack for decent range.
Design-wise, expect a slightly more toned down version of the Mission-E Sport Turismo concept that debuted at the Geneva motor show this March. Porsche is apparently also going to make a higher-riding crossover-style version of this wagon, but it will be the sedan and wagon that will be the two main models.
But even if Tesla doesn’t make a production wagon variant of its Model S, that model is going to be the Taycan and Taycan estate’s main rival because it is already quite well established in its segment.
2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo
2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo Exterior
Porsche will definitely not go crazy with the styling of the Taycan wagon, nor will it repeat the same mistake it made with the first Panamera which was unanimously called not very good to look at, especially from the back.
The Taycan wagon already looks good in these spy photos showing off a blacked out prototype.
It is arguably going to be one of the prettiest wagons ever made and the fact that it is electric, high-performance and a Porsche are all desirable traits in this day and age. From the front it will look a lot like the Mission-E Cross Turismo concept, but with a cleaner overall look that ditches all of the concept’s plastic cladding; a considerably lower ride height reduction over the concept is also visible on the prototype.
From the rear it will again look pretty much like the concept, although we expect it to have different rear lights closer in design to those of the latest Panamera or Cayenne models.
The roof tapers quite noticeably towards the rear too, so it probably won’t be the most cavernous estate on the market, even if its footprint is quite big.
The prototype also seems to lack a side window on the C-pillar, and this will seriously hinder visibility in some situations - but don’t forget this is a prototype and a small side window could be added there for the production version of the vehicle.
2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo Interior
The interior of the Taycan wagon will be more different than the exterior to that of the Mission E Cross Turismo study.
It will probably be closer to that of the Panamera and retain some design elements of preview concept - for instance, we don’t expect it to have all of the concept’s four screens; it will probably only have two or no more than three.
More buttons will probably added too, compared to the concept whose interior doesn’t even have a dedicated button for the hazard lights - and it is mandated by law for it to have one; and it won’t be the only extra physical button it gets over the concept.
However, since it won’t need to have a big transmission tunnel running along the center of the car, space for passengers will probably be good, and there may even be space in the rear for a third passenger to sit comfortably.
2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo Drivetrain
Porsche will offer Taycan models with several power and/or battery pack options, and all-wheel drive will most likely be standard.
Power outputs are expected to range between 400 and 600 horsepower and there is a chance that the basic Carrera model will be rear-wheel drive-only.
Range is expected to be around 310 miles or 500 km on a single charge, although this could be the maximum range of the largest battery pack, if they decide to offer several options.
2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo Prices
Porsche is expected to ask around $80,000 for the Taycan sedan, so the wagon will probably be a few thousand more expensive, but as with all of these high-end luxury cars, ticking options boxes will quickly bump up the price - a well-equipped top-of-the-range Taycan Sport Turismo will cost well in excess of $100,000, probably closer to or over $150,000.
Special editions and even more potent (limited-edition) versions may be offered and Porsche will probably want even more money for one of those.
2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo Competition
The Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo won’t really have any natural rivals, since nobody currently makes a midsize premium all-electric wagon.
The closest thing to it is the Tesla Model S, which is actually a hatchback, not a sedan, so both are essentially five-door models.
You can have your Model S modified at great expense to transform it into a great looking wagon, but Tesla doesn’t officially support or endorse it - you may know that the automaker is actually quite against people tinkering with their cars outside of approved shops, so even if you get one of those Model S wagons, Tesla may void your warranty and not provide any future support.
But even in regular hatchback form, the Model S will still be the Taycan and Taycan Sport Turismo’s biggest competitor especially since it has already established itself on the market and, for a brand new manufacturer, it’s done a great job at that.
The Model S costs about the same, it has a minimalistic interior that’s all about the infotainment screen and very impressive performance and range. Porsche is only now just catching up, whereas Tesla has been gaining experience in making electric cars, and the Model S is going to be a very tough adversary in the segment.
Porsche will create something truly unique with its Taycan Sport Turismo - the world’s first production all-electric performance wagon.
We’ve already seen the spy shots and we know it’s going to look good and being a Porsche we expect it to drive really well too.
In fact, it’s the Porsche badge that will really help it stand out at first - if Hyundai, for example, was making the exact same car, the hype around it would have been much more diminished - but since it’s a Porsche, it has definitely peaked people’s interest.
The fact that the Taycan is a bespoke vehicle, and not a derivative model loosely based on the Panamera, will also help it stand out and be a better electric vehicle, as are all purpose-designed EVs compared to adapted models. That’s why the Model S was so ahead of the competition when it was introduced, but the gap has narrowed since, as the mainstream manufacturers have jumped on the same bandwagon - the Taycan and Taycan wagon are only the first two in a long line of very competent luxury EVs of the near future.
Read our full review on the 2020 Porsche Taycan.
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Read our full review on the 2015 Porsche Mission E Concept.