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2018 Geneva Motor Show: Porsche reveals Mission E Cross Turismo concept

By Cameron Kirby, 06 Mar 2018 Events

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo cover LONG

Porsche dropped a shock concept at Geneva as a sibling to the Mission E saloon

ATTENDEES at the Geneva Motor Show were expecting to see a production-version of the Mission E from Porsche, but instead the German manufacturer ripped the covers off a new all-electric concept.

Dubbed the Mission E Cross Turismo, the vehicle is a “concept study” of what Porsche calls a “Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV).

While lacking the high-sided bodywork of an SUV, the Cross Turismo concept is designed for customers with an active, out-door focused, lifestyle. Hence the raised ride height compared to the original Mission E.

Porsche says the concept measures 4.95 metres long, with all-wheel drive, and an 800-volt electric architecture, and uses elements which are “close to series production”.

Two permanent electric motors have a combined power output of 440kW, which means the Cross Turismo will crack 100km/h in less than 3.5 seconds, and can silently breach the 200km/h barrier in under 12 seconds.

Porsche claims multiple accelerations are possible in a row without a loss in performance figures.

Range is claimed to be 500km, with 400km available after 15 minutes of charging. The batteries can be replenished using either inductive charging or at a traditional charging station.

Underpinning the concept is adaptive air suspension which can raise the ground clearance by up to 50 millimetres, along with four-wheel steering and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control.

At the front of the car, the design language is highlighted by the use of Porsche’s matrix LED headlights, and vertical air intakes. Hinting at the car’s intended off-road purpose, the Cross Turismo has cladding on the wheel arches and door sills. It rides on 20-inch wheels, with 275/40 R 20 tyres.

Inside, there is room for four passengers, while the backrest of each seat has a load-through capability which can be used for items such as skis.

The instrument cluster and infotainment unit are fully digital, with Porsche claiming it has developed an eye-tracking system which detects the instrument the driver is looking at, and brings it to the foreground to minimise the time spent with eyes off the road.