Electric SUVs are all the rage at Geneva - which means that Porsche needs one too
Not to be outdone by Jaguar, Porsche has unveiled the all-electric Mission E Cross Turismo at Geneva - an estate-shaped all-wheel-drive show car which is apparently "a serious prospect for production".
That's according to Porsche CEO Oliver Blume who explained to the assembled horde that Porsche's surprise reveal - shown alongside the new 911 GT3 RS - was based on the previous Mission E concept, but "mixed everyday usability with off-road adventure."
What does that mean exactly? Well, the manufacturer describes the model as a Cross-Utility Vehicle (its first) and claims a 310 mile range from its floor-mounted batteries - not to mention a charging system that is not only ready for an 800-volt fast charging network, but also charging via induction.
Like the Mission E, its powertrain is based on two synchronous electric motors which provide it with a "system output of over 600hp" and a 0-62mph time of less than 3.5 seconds. It'll also do 0-155mph in less than 12 seconds.
It's capable of Porsche Torque Vectoring, too, and gets adaptive air suspension which allows an increased ground clearance of up to 50mm. Naturally it gets a larger boot than the Mission E - all the better for filling with your outdoor pursuit equipment.
Of course this is all rather the point, and all the better for competing with the I-PACE which will also receive its international debut at the show. Or prospectively competing with it at any rate: the Jaguar is destined for imminient production - and sale later this year. Despite Porsche's protestations, the Mission E Cross Turismo is not.
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F**k me! Hackett can actually write a readable article! :golfclap:
Quickmoose06 Mar 2018
Yeah...of course All the Green Laning clubs are massively over subscribed and you can't drive past a field or through a forest and not see all these people adventuring these days can you....
... utterly bizzare niche creation at it's finest.
unpc06 Mar 2018
Some twonk in the marketing department probably thought, st we haven't filled the EV SUV sub niche. Bugger there's only €50 left in the budget too. I know, get engineering to jack it up, put some chunky tyres on it and cover it with Tupperware. After all it worked a treat on the Rover Streetwise...
Hammerhead06 Mar 2018
0-155mph in under 12 secs - 'kin 'ell.
I predict near future humans will have necks like F1 drivers!