Porsche’s upcoming electric SUV, the Taycan Cross Turismo, has been delayed until 2021. The more spacious crossover version of Porsche’s first production EV was due to go on sale at the end of this year, but COVID-19 had other ideas.
According to Automotive News Europe a six-week shutdown at the Porsche factory meant that production of the Taycan was halted, leading to a shortfall in deliveries to the U.S. market where there has been strong demand for the Tesla Model S rival. The Cross Turismo was scheduled to start rolling off the line in September, but now that won’t happen until April 2021.
The Taycan has been a hit in North America with more than 1000 cars sold in the first half of 2020, despite a global pandemic and these production woes. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume is looking on the bright side: “The change is no disadvantage for us; we just optimized the cycle plan,” he said.
The Taycan Cross Turismo was first shown in concept form as the Mission E Cross Turismo (pictured) at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Having waited two years already, prospective buyers will just have to be a little more patient.