The coronavirus pandemic has delayed the U.S. start of Porsche’s up coming all-electric model — the Taycan Cross Turismo wagon — to at minimum the stop of the next quarter of 2021, Automotive News has discovered.

Output was expected to commence in Germany in September, but it has been delayed until April, a source acquainted with the program reported.

A Porsche spokesman declined to remark on long term product or service plans.

The Cross Turismo is a wagon variant of the Taycan, Porsche’s initially battery-electric sedan. The Taycan, billed as the electric equivalent of Porsche’s legendary 911 sports activities car or truck, is capable of a -to-sixty-mph dash in 2.six seconds.

The Cross Turismo tends to make the Taycan line desirable to crossover potential buyers, observed Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Alternatives.

“Producing a Taycan with far more cargo room hits this important sector,” Fiorani reported. “The lower middle of gravity from the electric architecture really should maintain the Porsche-ness of the far more beneficial Taycan Cross Turismo.”

Porsche will not cancel any car or truck assignments as a final result of the sector challenges triggered by COVID-19, CEO Oliver Blume instructed reporters final week. He also confirmed the worldwide start of the Cross Turismo has been pushed from this 12 months to early 2021. Automotive News initially documented that hold off in April.

“The improve is no disadvantage for us we just optimized the cycle prepare,” Blume reported, according to Bloomberg.

The pandemic has complicated the U.S. start of the Taycan this 12 months.

As COVID-19 unfold throughout Germany, Porsche’s Zuffenhausen factory in Stuttgart, where the Taycan is constructed, shut down for 6 months beginning in early April.

“That 6-week window was really much reserved for fulfilling the U.S. demand from customers,” Porsche Cars North The united states CEO Klaus Zellmer instructed Automotive News in Might. “We had to acquire thousands of autos out of our income prepare for this 12 months that we will not get into the United States and Canada.”

The U.S. was the start sector for the Taycan. The large-driven, large-priced Turbo and Turbo S variations arrived in December, followed by the lower-priced 4S variant in mid-April.

Porsche offered far more than one,000 Taycans in the U.S. through the initially fifty percent of 2020. Globally, just about four,five hundred Taycans have been offered during that period.