Geneva: Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

Geneva: Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

Its first road-ready electric vehicle to join the German maker's line-up, the rugged-looking Mission E Cross Turismo, builds on the fundamentals laid by the Mission E concept revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show. This time, however, there will be no waiting to get behind the wheel, because as early as 2019, the production version of the current-carrying, nearly five-meter-long cross-utility vehicle should be on the road, which could be risky for USA electric auto giant Tesla.

With a system output is more than 600 hp, it's little wonder the Mission E Cross Turismo sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in under 12 seconds.

But we digress. The Mission E Cross Turismo is a concept conceived to directly compete with Tesla's Model X once it reaches production form. Several highlights are done in blue (which is European for green), including the wheels, an LED strip in the rear valence, and some subtle detailing on the otherwise not-at-all-subtle side skirts. This new Mission E Cross Turismo Concept is basically the antithesis of those old-school Porsches. The Cross Turismo uses an 800-volt fast-charging system by induction or by a Porsche charging dock.

Porsche is working on developing a flying passenger vehicle, but expects it could take up to a decade to finalize technology before they can launch in real traffic, its head of development said on Tuesday. Zuffenhausen's Porsche Mission E Concept was revealed in 2015 and the four-door EV is now being readied for production.

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The chassis includes adaptive air suspension which increases ground clearance by 50 millimetres and all wheel steering to help with agility. Four people can sit inside and the dash is fitted with a display and control concept that has touchscreens and eye tracking. The Porsche lettering illuminated in white is embedded in a three-dimensional cover with a circuit path graphic. Each of the rear seats features a load through function, plus they can be folded completely flat.

That's according to Porsche CEO Oliver Blume who explained to the assembled horde that Porsche's surprise reveal - shown alongside the new 911 GT3 RS - was based on the previous Mission E concept, but "mixed everyday usability with off-road adventure".

As well as extra boot space, the Mission E Cross Turismo will exhibit enhanced off-road capabilities thanks to a higher ride height and tougher wheel arch surrounds. The headlamps distinguish the Cross Turismo as a Porsche E vehicle, while also doubling up as an air intake.

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