Famous for its sports cars and, more recently, its fast SUVs, Porsche sprung a surprise at Geneva with the Mission E Cross Turismo. This car follows on from the Panamera-like Mission E, with a bit more altitude and more space.
Porsche is calling the Mission E CT a cross utility vehicle or CUV. With four seats and a bigger boot, the idea is that you’re going to take this car on more adventurous days out.
The interior features the now de-rigeur blue LEDs to remind you that you’re in a zero-emission vehicle.
The German company also suggest the boot will swallow a Porsche-branded e-bike and the slotted individual seats can accommodate skis.
The Cross Turismo has two permanent magnet synchronous motors – Porsche calls the system PSM – with an output of 440kW, an even 600 horsepower in the old money. Tesla Model X owners will need their Insane mode switched on, with the CT hitting 100km/h in 3.5 seconds (still short of Ludicrous Mode, yes) and a frankly insane 200km/h time of 12 seconds.
Porsche has fitted an 800-volt power system to deliver a range of 400km (NEDC) in around fifteen minutes if you’ve got access to a fast charger. Like many recent arrivals, the charge level is probably pegged at 80% of the battery’s capacity to preserve the lithium-ion packs.
The CT is also equipped for IONITY fast-charging stations (sadly not for Australia) and can also be charged via an induction pad or home battery. Porsche helpfully suggests their own Home Energy Storage System.
The concept features a number of already-familiar ideas. The air suspension can lift the car by 50mm, counter body roll in the corners and help smooth out uneven surfaces. A new dash concept offers plenty of information and a head-up display will keep your eyes up and forward, handy with the rapid progress achievable in the CT.
The digital dash – made up of three virtual dials – uses a camera in the rear-vision mirror to track your eyes and increase the size of the dial it thinks you’re looking at.
A variety of functions are also available through a smartphone app, such as air-conditioning or heating and sat nav.
The successful Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – accounting 50 percent for the sports sedan’s global demand – will likely be joined by a twin-power version of the new 911. Porsche has also hinted at fully electric 911s and 718 Boxsters, but they’re a few years away yet.
Porsche’s first all-electric car, still known as Mission E, will go into production in 2019 and it’s increasingly likely that the Cross Turismo CUV will go into production not long after, but with a more user-friendly five-seat interior and fewer science fiction features.
* Supplementary images courtesy of Porsche.