Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept is ready for an adventure

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept is ready for an adventure

If you'd told us a decade ago that Porsche was considering producing a Subaru Outback-like electric crossover wagon, we would have done a spit take.

Throw in a bit of self-driving tech, and we'd probably have a full house in modern motor show bingo.

Further details remain scarce, but expect to hear more about the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo as the auto moves closer to production. It majors on practicality, with a flexible interior that's been created to carry a Porsche e-bike. Furthermore, Porsche claims the concept boasts an unmatched level of continuous power, making possible multiple accelerations in direct succession without loss of performance.

Dynamic poise is supported by adaptive air suspension, all-wheel steering, torque vectoring and dynamic chassis control for active roll and lateral stabilisation as well as adding stability on rough terrain.

The reports of the wagon's death have been greatly exaggerated, and the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept is the latest proof that the body style is alive and well. That is to say, it's basically a taller Panamera Sport Turismo with some EV-appropriate detailing. It builds upon the Mission E design study presented in 2015. A bit of a surprise from a Porsche, but catching current trends, no doubt.

Whilst not as fast in a straight line as a Tesla Model S or Roadster, Porsche claims that their cars can launch repeatedly without overheating or losing peak power.

When it eventually arrives, its sub-3.5-second 0-62mph time, acres of interior space and likely range of over 300 miles means it'll be going up against the Tesla Model X as well as the all-new, albeit slightly slower and presumably less costly Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV.

At 194.8 inches nose-to-tail, the Turismo is slightly longer than the 191-inch Mission E sports vehicle and appears to stand ever so slightly higher, as well, though only limited specifications have so far been released.

There's eye-tracking built into the vehicle too to identify which instruments a driver is actually looking at, and then foreground those elements visually in the display while minimizing others. The displays that the driver is interested in are then moved to the foreground, while the others are reduced into the background accordingly as a result of looking away from them. Clever - if it works. It's handsome, though obviously still very much a concept. Don't expect this stripped-out look to make it to production. What's more, Porsche promises the vehicle will be able to maintain it's lightning fast acceleration even when the battery is fairly depleted, something Teslas can't now achieve.

The Mission E Cross Turismo is ready for connection to a fast-charging network, which is being created on arterial roads as part of a joint venture between Porsche and IONITY in preparation for Mission E coming to market in 2019. Porsche is saying the concept can get a 62-mile charge in just four minutes or about 250 miles in 15 minutes.

Great, if this actually comes to fruition.

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