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Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo - the all-electric hot crossover has motor fans drooling

By Paul Connolly

This is the production concept car that has set Porsche fans drooling once again.

It’s the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo, an all-electric crossover vehicle slated to hit the streets within three years.

The concept car, which definitely looks like it will make it into full production, is the second electric Porsche.

An earlier car, called the Mission E, has been developed in both sedan and sports variants and is in testing phase.

Porsche surprised fans at the Geneva Motor Show by unveiling the Mission E Cross Turismo in the metal, albeit still in concept form.

It boasts 590bhp of electric power and is officially described as a “concept study of an electrically driven Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV)”.

The manufacturer said the car will be aimed at people who like to spend their free time travelling, playing sport and pursuing other outdoor activities.

“Thanks to all-wheel drive, every ski slope is easy to reach, while the flexible interior creates space for all kinds of sports equipment and modern load-carrying systems facilitate the transport of surfboards or a Porsche e-bike,” said Porsche.

The strengths of the four-door four-seater include an emotional design with striking off- road elements as well as an innovative display and operating concept with touchscreen and eye-tracking control.

Measuring 4.95 metres in length, the concept vehicle has all-wheel drive and an 800-volt architecture, prepared for connection to the fast charging network.

It can also be charged by induction, at a charging station or using the Porsche home energy storage system.

Two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of more than 600 hp (440 kW) allow the Mission E Cross Turismo to accelerate to 100 km/h (62mph) in less than 3.5 seconds and to reach a speed of 200 km/h in under 12 seconds.

Furthermore, claims Porsche, the level of continuous power is unmatched by any other electric vehicle: multiple accelerations are possible in direct succession without loss of performance.

Power is guaranteed on any surface thanks to on-demand all-wheel drive with Porsche Torque Vectoring, which automatically distributes torque to individual wheels.

Porsche added that an “innovative display and operating concept is a design highlight” of the Mission E Cross Turismo. Some of the most important displays and operating option include:

  • Driver display with eye-tracking control: The instrument cluster comprises three virtual round instruments that are divided into areas for Porsche Connect, performance, drive, energy and Sport Chrono. Using a camera in the rear-view mirror, the eye-tracking system detects which instrument the driver is looking at. The displays he or she can see are then brought to the foreground, while others are made smaller when the driver looks away.
  • Passenger display: This screen extends across the full width of the passenger side. Using eye-tracking and touch screen technology, the passenger can operate various apps to control features such as media, navigation and air conditioning as well as contact lists.
  • Centre console touch panel with detailed information menus.
  • Small touch screens: These are placed both in the multifunctional window lift modules (for seat adjustment and comfort functions) as well as in the slatted air vents on the right and left of the dashboard

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