Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept revealed at Geneva
Say hello to the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo. This stunning concept has just been unmasked in a surprise reveal at the Geneva Motor Show, and gives us a further insight into what the Stuttgart-based sports car maker’s first EV could look like when it arrives in 2019.
We’ve known about the Mission E for a while, and the Cross Turismo represents a crossover utility vehicle (CUV) spinoff, which could actually make it into production.
When it eventually arrives, its sub-3.5-second 0-62mph time, acres of interior space and likely range of over 300 miles means it’ll be going up against the Tesla Model X as well as the all-new, albeit slightly slower and presumably less costly Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV.
It features large, off-road alloys, flared wheel arches and sits much higher than the original Mission E. Styling cues are borrowed from the latest Panamera Sport Turismo – notably its shooting brake estate-like rear end and full-width tail light arrangement.
The four-door coupe measures 4.95 metres in length, a little shorter than the current Panamera. With a sloping roofline and a huge rear overhang, you can expect the production version of the Cross Turismo to offer true usability.
The interior reinterprets classic Porsche elements for the digital age – something that’s reflected by the high-tech dashboard. A freestanding instrument cluster is angled towards the driver, and the centre console rises towards the dash panel.
Everything in the cabin has been designed to be flexible enabling everyday practicality or, in the words of Porsche: “Modern load-carrying systems facilitate the transport of surfboards or a Porsche e-bike.” That essentially means it gets some folding rear seats as far as we can work out.
No exact interior specs have been given, but you can expect Porsche’s first electric production car to resemble this when it arrives next year. We’re not sure whether the seats will however, as they look more like racing seats than those found in a GT cruiser.
The Cross Turismo’s powertrain uses two electric motors – one for the front axle and one for the rear. Together, they make a maximum of 440kW (around 595bhp), giving the E Cross Turismo a 0-62mph run of less than 3.5 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph.
Exact range hasn’t been confirmed, but if it’s anything like the original Mission E concept it’ll be around 310 miles. The lithium-ion batteries can be charged for a range of around 250 miles in just over 15 minutes according to Porsche.
Further tech specs are to be revealed, but it’ll feature inductive (wireless) charging, all-wheel steering, air suspension and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC).
No release date for Porsche’s upcoming EV has been confirmed, but this could be the upmarket EV that’ll take the market by storm considering in 2017, the E-Hybrid made up 50% of global Panamera demand. We’ll bring you more details are they’re released.