With the rising of Tesla- one of the most profitable EV in the auto industry, Porsche has decided to step up its game and compete with Elon Musks.
Last year’s arrival of the 2020 Porsche Taycan proved that the established automakers are capable of developing EVs as compelling as any Tesla. However, Elon Musk and his crew are still leading the world in terms of range for now.
The Taycan is expected to provide some changes for the 2021 model year, which come mainly in the field of tech changes. Many of these are very useful as a head-up color display that is separated into different parts such that several data points can be viewed at the same time.
A new function of Smartlift is also likely to prove popular with anyone with steep driveways. This feature is used in models of active air suspension, which can be configured to lift the vehicle in such regular positions automatically.
Porsche also has certain on-demand features available that customers can add through over-the-air upgrades after the car is purchased. Such apps will either be added as a one-time charge or as a fee. Buyers with the latter will have a trial period of three months before the subscription begins.
Porsche Intelligent Range Manager, Active Lane Hold Assist, and Porsche InnoDrive (available for cars fitted with adaptive cruise control) are among the first of these on-demand features.
Buyers of the 2021 Taycan will also have a choice of seven new exterior colors and five new interior trim options. Frozen berry Metallic is one of the external colors.
Finally, the charging system has been revised so that high-speed charging can be throttled down from the full 270-kilowatt limit to 200 kW if required. This will help increase the service life of the battery and reduce the total power loss when driving, Porsche claims, but it does require longer charging time. Some charging stations, such as those from Electrify America, will also be able to detect a specific Taycan and automatically handle the payment process when the vehicle is equipped with a new feature called Plug & Charging.
With the first examples expected to hit distributors in the first quarter of 2021, the 2021 Taycan will be ready for order from the fourth quarter of 2020. Pricing information will be announced closer to the launch.
Unfortunately, there was no discussion of whether the upcoming Taycan Cross Turismo was expected to be sold in the United States later this year. Only we don’t know if the Taycan base with a rear-wheel-drive offered in China would be available here. Currently, the entry point here is the Taycan 4S, which is priced at $105,150 for 2020, including the destination.
Source: Motor Authority