As the world’s leading carmakers are working on all-electric models that will excite their customer base, Porsche leads the way in terms of the prettiest close-to-production concept car so far with the Mission E concept. At the 2018 Geneva Show, they showcased a possible variant of the Mission E that would be more suitable as an all-rounder, in terms of performance, comfort and usability on all roads – the Mission E Cross Turismo concept.
While not a fan of those blue rims, the Mission E Cross Turismo concept seems to take the roofline from the recent Panamera Sport Turismo. But more notably, the idea seems similar to that of the Volvo V90 Cross Country, but in this case, it’s a four-seater, luxurious and properly brisk. The all-new electric platform makes it shorter than a Panamera, using the same setup as the first Mission E which is expected to appear in a production avatar next year. That means two permanent magnet synchronous motors, one on each axle with a system output of more than 600 hp, which will allow it to do 0-100kph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed over 250kph. Range? Porsche claims close to 500km but that would probably a lot less if you were to drive it like a Porsche should be driven.
The air scoops and vents to channel air are more functional than just sporty design. Cool air is needed for the motors and the batteries on the floor while reducing drag increases range. Inside the Mission E Cross Turismo concept is a mix of familiar and new as it still has a steering wheel but the dash is now peppered with screens for displays and controls as well, with a cool HUD setup too. It’s going to be clever too with connectivity that will allow Porsche to enhance the complete ownership experience for their customers.
Yes, we didn’t mention battery size or charging times yet. Why? Because we don’t know the exact battery size for the Mission E, but Porsche has told the world that on the right charger, it can charge from empty to 80 per cent in 15 minutes. The right charger being Porsche’s own that deliver 800V for such rapid charging. No number on how long it’ll take on a regular charger port though, but it will be probably closer to the usual overnight charge kind of time.
Electric cars have never been this exciting with the Mission E inbound next year, this Cross Turismo concept on raised suspension and fatter tyres could well be a variant that follows. The infrastructural investment for chargers is also underway which is being jointly undertaken by Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Ford.
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