Porsche’s Mission E Cross Turismo concept to go into series production

Porsche’s top management has given the green light for production of the concept study Mission E Cross Turismo which was on display at the 2018 Geneva Motorshow earlier in the year. In order to commercialise the model, the sportscar manufacturer will create 300 additional jobs and utilise part of the more than 6 billion euros it is investing on electromobility by 2022.

The 4-door Cross Turismo is a variant of the Taycan which is Porsche’s first 100% electric model that will go on sale in 2019. With the Cross Turismo, Porsche will offer an electrically-driven Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV) that caters to more active owners, especially those who have outdoor activities. The flexible interior will provide space for all kinds of sports equipment and modern load-carrying systems facilitate the transport of surfboards or a Porsche e-bike.

All images in this article are of the concept version, not the production model.

Measuring 4.95 metres in length, the Cross Turismo has all-wheel drive and an 800V architecture, meaning it is ready for connection to a fast charging network. The 800V architecture of the vehicle ensures that the lithium-ion battery can be charged for a range of around 500 kms in just over 15 minutes. It can also be charged by induction, at a charging station or using the Porsche home energy storage system. The latter is compatible with solar power generated by domestic photovoltaic systems.

Two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of more than 600 hp (440 kW) allow the 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, it is claimed. Furthermore, the level of continuous power is said to be 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. The all-wheel steering is complemented by adaptive air suspension which increases the ground clearance by up to 50 mm. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is also available, providing active roll stabilisation and preventing side tilt of the vehicle when cornering and reducing lateral rocking of the vehicle on uneven surfaces.

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