Porsche Taycan convertible and other variants under evaluation

    The Porsche Taycan line-up could get more variants with convertible, Sport Turismo estate and two-door versions under consideration.

    Published On Mar 15, 2021 10:00:00 AM


    Porsche Taycan convertible and other variants under evaluation

    Porsche Taycan used for representation only.

    Fresh off the reveal of the new Taycan Cross Turismo, Porsche has disclosed that additional variants of the Taycan EV are under consideration. This includes a convertible, a low-slung estate, as well as a two-door version.

    • Taycan convertible, Sport Turismo estate versions being evaluated
    • Two-door Taycan also possible
    • Taycan product boss says platform is “perfect for additional product ideas”

    Two-door and convertible Porsche Taycan under consideration

    While speaking with our sister publication Autocar UK, Taycan product boss Stefan Weckbach revealed that Porsche is discussing additional bodystyles of the electric sportscar. The first of these new variants being looked at is a less off-road-oriented estate based on the Cross Turismo, but without the 20mm suspension lift, protective bodykit and Gravel Mode.

    Such a model would be conceived as an electric alternative to the Panamera Sport Turismo, an estate version of Porsche’s ICE sports sedan, and would likely share that model’s moniker.

    “I can't tell you today if we are really going for something like that,” Weckbach said, but he added that “the platform is perfect for future additional product ideas, and we are thinking in different directions”.

    Weckbach acknowledged that a convertible version of the Taycan is also technically possible, but Porsche must first establish the extent of the market demand before designing a concept. 

    Also possible, although less likely, is a two-door version of the Taycan, which would revive a formula first hinted at in 2019 when design boss Michael Mauer suggested that a two-door coupé version of the same-sized Panamera was possible. 

    Porsche aware of demand for entry-level Taycan 4

    Porsche is also aware of demand for an entry-level 4 version of the standard Taycan, matching the most affordable variant of the new Cross Turismo. Weckbach said that there has been no decision on this yet but that the firm is aware of demand for an entry-level Taycan with two driven axles.

    The Taycan’s bespoke J1 EV architecture can accommodate various bodystyles, although full-sized SUVs will use the PPE platform that will underpin the next-generation electric Macan SUV. 

    Weckbach declined to give any details of the electric successor to the Porsche Cayenne SUV, but noted that the brand plans to have an 80 percent electric line-up by 2030, so “there will be a day when we talk about an electric Cayenne”. 

    Porsche Taycan to launch in India this year

    Porsche is gearing up to introduce the Taycan in India this year. Essentially the performance carmaker’s first stab at a full electric vehicle, the sedan is expected to make landfall sometime in 2021.

    There is, however, no news of the Taycan Cross Turismo coming to India anytime soon. 

    Also see:

    Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo image gallery

    Porsche Taycan Turbo S review, test drive

    Porsche Taycan breaks record for longest drift in an EV

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