Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept is ready for an adventure

Mae Harvey
March 7, 2018

The "pop.up next" concept by Audi, Airbus and Italdsign, pictured during the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland.

Porsche has laid out its latest weapon in its fight for a share of the electrification pie by unveiling the 2019 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo electric crossover concept. It combines sportiness and everyday practicality in unique style. This new Mission E Cross Turismo Concept is basically the antithesis of those old-school Porsches.

Porsche says the 800V system, which is set to be a feature of all future Porsche EVs, provides a 62-mile range on a 4-minute charge. Don't expect this stripped-out look to make it to production.

Porsche are calling the Cross Turismo a Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV), so we're guessing they're not really sure where it fits either. Whether that means it can handle something rougher than a gravel road - or post-winter potholes in MI - remains to be seen.

"The Mission E Cross Turismo is an expression of how we envision the all-electric future", Blume says. What's more, Porsche promises the auto will be able to maintain it's lightning fast acceleration even when the battery is fairly depleted, something Teslas can't now achieve. In the sports auto, that is expected to yield somewhere under 300 miles of range, though neither European nor U.S. EPA tests have yet been run.

Specs don't deviate far from Porsche's previous outline and the all-wheel drive EV is powered by two electric motors that work synchronously to produce 440kW and motivate the auto to accelerate from 0-100km/h in under 3.5 seconds and 0-200km/h in under 12 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 250km/h. The crossover appears to be getting a 10 hp bump from the earlier Mission E, from 590 to 600 horsepower.

Head of Porsche's battery electric vehicles added further comments last week in an in-house documentary series when asked why the Mission E's claimed 0-100km/h wasn't as fast as the USA vehicle. It is taller than the regular Mission E and wears more pronounced wheel arch surrounds. Comparisons with the Tesla Model X are obviously inevitable. The vehicle charges using an 800V fast-charging system that integrates with a Porsche home energy management system. Though 600hp and 310 miles of range sound very "today", 15 minutes to almost 250 miles-worth of charge is as "tomorrow" as we can hope for without sounding like a number plucked out of thin air.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER