► Semi-SUV styling for new Porsche Taycan derivative
► All-electric, all-wheel drive, super-fast charging
► 250-mile range in 15min, 0-62mph in 3.5sec
We've tested the new Porsche Taycan in Turbo S and 4s variants, but now we're waiting for the next all-electric Porsche – and you're looking at it. Called the Taycan Cross Turismo, it's a more family-orientated, Taycan with a boot and higher ground clerance. Basically, a Taycan on stilts, probably with a softer power delivery. \
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Now our spy photogtaphers have snapped the new car playing in the snow, with the same camo as we saw the original Taycan.
Originally called the Mission E Cross Turismo, the forthcoming crossover was only greenlit last year. Porsche says the new car will generate an extra 300 jobs for at its Zuffenhausen HQ.
You can read our drive of the Cross Turismo prototype here, or keep reading for everything else we know about the Mission E Cross Turismo concept – which was revealed at the 2018 Geneva show.
Taycan Cross Turismo: everything you need to know
Porsche likes to spring a surprise at the Geneva motor show, and for 2018 it came up with this, the Mission E Cross Turismo.
That’s an ugly moniker, and an ever uglier automobile, but if you speak modern car name you have probably already worked out that this is a variant of the previous Porsche Taycan that prays on the current trend for both crossovers and estate cars.
Throw in a bit of self-driving tech, and we’d probably have a full house in modern motor show bingo.
We digress. Previewing a production car, the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo has four-wheel drive, fast charging, an 800-volt architecture, and a claimed range of around 250 miles. It majors on practicality, with a flexible interior that’s been designed to carry a Porsche e-bike.
Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept power and performance
Regardless of what it looks like – and hey, you may think it’s the best-looking four-wheeled thing since the Miura – the Mission E Cross Turismo ain’t gonna be slow.
It use two permanent magnet synchronous (PSM – although surely Porsche is already using that acronym?) motors to deliver in excess of 600bhp. It’ll do 0-62mph in 3.5sec and 0-124mph in under 12sec. Fast.
Dynamics are taken care of on-demand all-wheel drive with Porsche Torque Vectoring, and all-wheel steering.
The Mission E Cross Turismo also has adaptive air suspension, which can both hunker down at speed and increase ground clearance by up to 50mm when needed (potholes and pavements hold no fear here). Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) delivers active roll stabilisation, as you’d expect.
Tell me about the design of the Mission E Cross Turismo
It’s clearly been designed to fit into the family alongside the 911 and Panamera Sport Turismo. So it gets those cars’ low bonnet, curved wings and latest quad-LED lighting signature.
In this instance the headlights are particularly fancy 3D glass elements with four-point indicator signals as well – and the Cross Tursimo uses ‘high-performance’ full beams with something called Porsche X-Sight technology.
Like the original Mission E, it’s a big car, measuring almost five metres in length. It’s wide, too, at 1.99m – with cladding on the flanks and rugged-looking wheelarch extensions to give it that authentic SUV crossover appearance... A bit of a surprise from a Porsche, but catching current trends, no doubt.
There’s also an air-channelling roof spoiler, and continuous light strip at the rear – both now established Porsche design cues.
What’s the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo like inside?
The dashboard might have motor show concept written all over it, but expect to see the wing-shaped upper and lower parts make their way into the production version. The same can be said for the extra-wide instrument panel, with touchscreen displays for the driver and front passenger.
We’re not so sure about the eye-tracking control, which uses a camera in the rear-view mirror to detect which instrument the driver is looking at. This brings the favoured instruments to the foreground, while minimizing the others. Clever – if it works.
The dial cluster retains a familiar Porsche feel either way, as the instrument cluster is angled towards the driver and includes three circular display graphics with digital content on TFT screens.
The show car’s lightweight structure on the inside is very much on view around the instrument panel and seats. Don’t expect this stripped-out look to make it to production.
How fast does it charge and what’s the driving range?
The Mission E Cross Turismo is ready for connection to a fast-charging network, which is being created on arterial roads as part of a joint venture between Porsche and IONITY in preparation for Mission E coming to market in 2019.
By using 800-volt electronics inside the car, Porsche reckons this new fast-charging network can replenish the batteries in just 15 minutes – and the Cross Turismo’s full range is expected to be around 250 miles.
Great, if this actually comes to fruition. If not, Porsche is also planning to offer induction charging, and a home energy storage system, which can draw its energy from solar panels.
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