- Is that the most daring Porsche of all time?
- From zero to 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds
- The right car for all needs
Is that the most daring Porsche of all time?
Porsche has crossed an electric sports car with a sedan and an SUV. The result is the Mission E Cross Turismo study
At the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche presented an electric car that is more suitable for dirt roads than for racetracks. The Mission E Cross Turismo should cause horror among purists.
B.At the 88th International Motor Show in Geneva, Porsche presented a design study that is intended to show the manufacturer’s path to electromobility and which claims to be significantly closer to a production model than the Mission E sports car concept from 2015.
Porsche-Purists should be appalled, because the study, painted in Light Gray Metallic, combines design elements of the electric sports car with the high wheelbase of a sedan and the robust appearance of an SUV – almost as if you had morphed the Mission E, a Panamera and a Macan into one another on the computer and printed out the result in 3-D.
The study looks pretty daring. The most striking features of the four-door model are the black wheel arches protruding from the side, which are connected by massive thresholds and whose lines continue around the vehicle in a distinctive front spoiler and an equally distinctive rear lower section.
Thanks to the increased ground clearance, the Cross-Porsche should also be able to drive on dirt roads
The robust off-road look goes hand in hand with increased ground clearance and indicates that in the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo – the official name of the study – you should feel just as at home on the dirt road as on the road.
The team around chief designer Michael Mauer made sure that the car could be identified as a real Porsche at first glance. The Cross Turismo has a deep front hood between two strongly curved fenders – design features that unmistakably refer to the 911. The wide hips of the vehicle and the sloping silhouette, the so-called flyline, are also typical of Porsche.
Porsche specifies the standard range of the Mission E Cross Turismo as 500 kilometers
Porsche wants its study to be understood as an electrically powered cross utility vehicle (CUV), i.e. a vehicle whose radius of action is not limited to city traffic, as is the case with many other electric cars, but which does justice to the leisure activities of its clientele with the greatest possible flexibility. This claim is expressed through a standard range of 500 kilometers, but above all it is reflected in the architecture of the interior.
From zero to 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds
A type of hatch is integrated into the backrests of the two individual seats on the back seat, which can be used, for example, to store skis lengthways in the vehicle without having to fold the seats completely. The trunk also has removable straps that can be used to fix bulky items such as bicycles or surfboards in a few simple steps.
While the sister brand Volkswagen has just presented the vision of a Gran Turismo that works entirely without a steering wheel and pedals, you should still be able to drive the Mission E Cross Turismo yourself and have fun with it, and Porsche remains true to itself. The operating concept is designed to support the driver in controlling the car with high-tech elements.
Among other things, eye-tracking sensors in the rear-view mirror record the driver’s line of sight and make the displays on the digital instrument panel that he is currently looking at stand out. So that the haptic impressions do not completely disappear from the cockpit, the pilot can set the driving mode using a special button on the steering wheel.
A hatch is integrated into the backrests of the two individual seats on the rear bench
The performance data that Porsche specifies for the Cross Turismo corresponds to that of the Mission E sports car study: two permanent magnet synchronous motors ensure a system output of over 600 hp and acceleration values from zero to 100 km / h in less than 3.5 seconds. At 200 km / h, the car should do it in less than twelve seconds.
Thanks to an 800-volt power grid (standard for electric cars are 400 volts), it should be possible to charge the lithium-ion batteries in the vehicle floor to 80 percent in just 15 minutes with a corresponding quick charger, which would bring the car up to 400 kilometers. During the charging process, the E of the three-dimensional Porsche logo, which is hidden under the continuous tail light strip at the rear, flashes.
At fast charging stations, the batteries can be charged to 80 percent within 15 minutes
The aim of this crossover concept should be to inspire new groups of buyers with broader demands for the brand during the transition to electromobility beyond the sports car purists among Porsche fans and thus to continue to grow.
That is less daring than it may first appear. A spacious four-seater that has the driving dynamics of a sports car has, in the process, has grown over uneven terrain, has a Porsche emblem on the front hood and, moreover, manages without any pollutant emissions, offers enormous potential for distinction if you have the necessary resources – and arouses corresponding desires.
The right car for all needs
So there are some indications that Porsche could build on the successes of the Cayenne and Macan with an electric cross utility vehicle, which many Porsche disciples still turn up their noses at. After the world premiere in Geneva, however, the somewhat bland aftertaste remains that the Mission E Cross Turismo might want to be the right car for all too many different needs and usage scenarios.
For those who can’t believe their eyes: Yes, the Mission E Cross Turismo study is really a Porsche
The sports car purists are expected to be presented in Geneva still got their money’s worth. In addition to the Mission E Cross Turismo, Porsche presented its most powerful road vehicle of all time: the naturally aspirated engine of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS develops 520 hp. A hatch was not installed in this vehicle.
From the rear, the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo is similar to the Macan
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