With the Mission E Cross Turismo, Porsche unveils the concept study of an electrically driven Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV) at the Geneva Motor Show. This car has many talents and is 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.
The strengths of the four-door four-seater include an emotional design with striking off-road elements as well as an innovative display. It also has an 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. The road-ready Mission E Cross Turismo builds on the Mission E study Porsche demonstrated at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) and uses elements that are close to series production.
The design: unmistakable DNA in the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo
The front of the Mission E Cross Turismo reveals its relationship to the sports car icon Porsche 911. Vertical air inlets in the front, known as air curtains, are a distinctive design feature. Another stylistic highlight is the matrix LED headlights. The brand’s typical four-point daytime running lights have evolved into narrow, three-dimensional glass elements. Embedded in four sweeping wings, these also contain an innovative four-point indicator light. At the same time, the vehicle has high-performance full beams with Porsche X-Sight technology. The off-road design elements include robust wheel arch protection and door sills. There are also a striking front spoiler and lower rear and increased ground clearance.
The silhouette is defined by a sporty roofline. It slopes off to the rear, which Porsche designers refer to as a ‘flyline’. This is reminiscent of the rear of the Panamera Sport Turismo. Equally distinctive for the brand is the dynamic shape of the side windows. The broad wings and three-dimensional side panels with air outlets behind the front wheels reinforce the sporty crossover character of the concept car, which is 1.99 metres wide. Other distinctive features include the eye-catching side door sills with their off-road appearance and 20-inch wheels with 275/40 R 20 tyres.
Even from behind, the study is immediately recognisable as a Porsche with its exclusively light grey metallic paintwork. In addition to its sporty design and air-channelling roof spoiler, the continuous light strip is a typical feature. The luminescent white Porsche logo is of glass letters in a three-dimensional cover with a circuit board design.
Variability: equipped for all mobility needs
The Mission E Cross Turismo presents a picture as to what a Turismo model with features of a crossover utility vehicle could look in series production – a car that is equally suitable for travelling, everyday life and adventure, filling the role of a versatile companion both in the city and in the countryside. The crossover model is aimed at people who like to spend their free time playing a sport or pursuing other outdoor activities. Passengers stand to benefit from the flexible nature of the four-seater, which measures 1.42 metres in height. For example, the backrest of each individual seat in the rear has a load-through facility. That is useful for transporting skis and other long equipment.
The backrests themselves can be folded down. Additionally, the boot features a rail system with adjustable and removable straps. These can be used to secure items quickly and safely. To give the passengers of the Mission E Cross Turismo various mobility options beyond the car, the Porsche e-bike supports its rider with a powerful electric drive when the pedals are turned. It is a mobility offer that does means Porsche customers do not have to go without the design, technology and performance of a Porsche when they are on two wheels in their free time.
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The interior: visible lightweight structures
The interior reinterprets classic Porsche elements, bringing them into the digital age. The dashboard, for example, emphasises the vehicle’s width. It has a wing-shaped upper and lower part. The instrument panel is with a clear organisation horizontally with an extra-wide display for the driver and front passenger. The freestanding instrument cluster is under an angle towards the driver. And it includes three circular display graphics with digital content on TFT screens. The centre console between the front seats rises towards the dash panel. In combination with the ambient lighting, the indirect lighting of the centre console creates a unique atmosphere.
The interior design features also include visible lightweight structures, which are on the instrument panel and other places as well as the sporty seats, reminiscent of those found in racing cars. The door lining has innovative three-dimensional elements with a textured surface. Anodised edges in Nordic Blue on features such as the air vents and window lift modules create a contrast to the exclusive bicolour concept of the interior with aniline leather in black and light grey.
The drive: sporty e-performance thanks to an output of over 600 hp
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 in less than 3.5 seconds and to reach a speed of 200 km/h in under 12 seconds. Furthermore, multiple accelerations are possible in direct succession without loss of performance. On-demand all-wheel drive with Porsche Torque Vectoring guarantees power in all conditions. It automatically distributes torque to individual wheels.
The chassis: adaptive air suspension for comfort and agility
The all-wheel steering contributes to the exemplary agility and stability of the vehicle. Adaptive air suspension increases the ground clearance by up to 50 millimetres. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is also on board. It provides active roll stabilisation and prevents side tilt of the vehicle when cornering as well as reduces lateral rocking of the vehicle on uneven surfaces.
The display and operating concept: a unique user experience
The innovative display and operating concept is a design highlight of the Mission E Cross Turismo. Intuitive operation and information is in an optimal position in the field of vision, such as the head-up display, do not distract the driver. Thanks to new connectivity solutions, the vehicle can also perfectly integrates into a digital lifestyle. The result is a unique user experience.
The ‘smart cabin’ approach simplifies operation. Vehicle settings, interior climate and ambient lighting automatically adapt in line with the preferences of the occupants and the driving situation.
Even outside the vehicle, the driver can access a wide range of information and make settings. He or she can plan all customisation options ahead using a tablet, smartphone or smartwatch. And goes for anything from air conditioning to onboard navigation.
DestinationsApp: a personal travel companion
Porsche Connect already offers more than 20 digital services and apps. In the Mission E Cross Turismo, software called DestinationsApp shows what added value the digital platform could offer in the near future. It makes possible organising a weekend trip and in a few convenient steps on the smartphone. The app inspires users with travel destinations. It facilitates quick and easy bookings while taking care of route planning, food and sports equipment. DestinationsApp even allows you to adapt the body of the Mission E Cross Turismo to your chosen route and to select appropriate music, air conditioning settings and ambient lighting.
Charging: fast and straightforward
The 800-volt architecture of the vehicle ensures that the lithium-ion battery can charge for a range of around 250 miles (400 km) in just over 15 minutes. Charging of the concept vehicle is flexible and can take place on the road or at home. The vehicle is ready for connection to the fast charging network, which is appearing on arterial roads as part of the IONITY joint venture. Additionally, the battery of the Mission E Cross Turismo can be replenished using induction, a charging station or a Porsche home energy storage system. The latter is compatible with solar power from domestic photovoltaic systems.