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Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo confirmed for production

By Tom Fraser, 22 Oct 2018 News

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo confirmed for production

Porsche green-lights its high-riding, wagon offshoot of the fully electric Taycan

PORSCHE is putting a concept car on the road by turning its Mission E Cross Turismo into a series production vehicle based on the highly anticipated Taycan electric sedan.

The Panamera-esque Cross Turismo was shown at the Geneva motor show as a concept earlier in the year. Styling of the jacked-up wagon blends the looks of the Porsche Taycan EV with a taller ride-height to position this five-door sedan as a ‘cross utility vehicle’ sibling.

Much of its powertrain will be shared with the Taycan, meaning Porsche’s first-foray into electric “off-roaders” will be powered by two electric motors combining to produce 440kW from an 800-volt battery system. Porsche says it will have a range of 500km.

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Although its name hasn’t been announced as yet, the Cross Turismo is a derivative of the Taycan, and is expected to be dubbed accordingly before its launch.

Also similar to the Taycan, Porsche intends for the Mission E Cross Turismo to join its fast-charging network, which is said to provide an 80 percent charge for 400km of driving range after just 15 mins on the plug.

No release date has been given yet, however it’s understood the Cross Turismo’s arrival will come after the Taycan sedan, which starts production next year – arriving locally in 2020.

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The production confirmation of the Mission E Cross Turismo comes after Porsche announced its plans to invest AU$9.7 billion in EV technology by 2022, and that it expects EVs to account for more than 50 percent of Porsche sales by 2025. 

Porsche is making way for an additional 300 workers at its Zuffenhausen production facility, totalling 1200 new workers to handle the production behind its electric onslaught.