With the Mission E Cross Turismo, Porsche has presented the concept study of an electrically powered Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV) at the Geneva Motor Show. The all-rounder addresses active people who enjoy spending their free time traveling, sports and other outdoor activities. Thanks to all-wheel drive, every ski slope is easy to reach, the flexible interior space for sports equipment of all kinds and modern carrier systems facilitate the transport of surfboards or a Porsche e-bike.
The strengths of the four-door four-seater include the emotional design with striking off-road elements and the new display and operating concept with touch screen and view control. The 4.95 meter four-wheel-drive concept vehicle has an 800-volt architecture and is prepared for charging on the fast-charging network. It can also be charged via induction, the charging dock or the Porsche home energy storage. The ready-to-drive Mission E Cross Turismo builds on the Mission E study Porsche demonstrated at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) and uses near-series elements.
The design: unmistakable Porsche DNA
A deep hood between strongly arched fenders: The front of the Mission E Cross Turismo shows at first glance the relationship to the sports car icon Porsche 911. A striking design feature are the vertical air intakes in the front, the so-called Air Curtains. Another stylistic highlight is the Matrix LED headlights. The brand-typical 4-point daytime running lights have been further developed into narrow three-dimensional glass elements. Embedded in four floating wings they also contain the novel 4-point flashing light. The vehicle also has the high-performance high beam Porsche X-Sight. The off-road design elements include the robust wheel arch protection and sill, the strikingly shaped front spoiler and rear lower part, and the increased ground clearance.
The silhouette is determined by the sporty, sloping roofline – called by the Porsche designers “Flyline”. Here is an echo to the rear of the Panamera Sport Turismo. The dynamic design of the side window graphic is just as typical of the brand. The wide fenders and the three-dimensionally shaped side wall with air outlets behind the front wheels reinforce the sporty crossover character of the 1.99 meter wide concept car. Distinctive side skirts in off-road look and 20-inch wheels with tires in the format 275/40 R 20 are further distinctive features.
The study, which is painted exclusively in light gray metallic, can also be recognized as a Porsche from behind. Typical is next to the sporty designed and flowed through the roof spoiler, the continuous light strip. The white glowing Porsche logo is composed of glass letters and is embedded in a three-dimensional aperture with printed circuit graphics. During charging, the “E” of the Porsche logo pulsates, and the tracks are brought to life by light pulses. Thus, the energy flow for the customer is impressively experienced. The large panoramic glass roof that runs through from the windscreen to the tailgate ensures a generous sense of space.
The variability: prepared for all mobility needs
The Mission E Cross Turismo gives an outlook on what a Turismo variant with cross utility attributes in the series could look like, which is equally suitable for travel, everyday life and adventure and is a versatile companion in the city and overland. The crossover model is aimed at active people who enjoy spending their free time doing sports or other outdoor activities. The passengers benefit from the variability of the 1.42-meter-high four-seater: a through-loading is integrated into the backrests of the two individual seats in the rear. This can be used for example for skis. The backrests themselves are hinged. In the trunk there is a rail system with adjustable and removable straps. Objects can be fixed quickly and safely. The passengers of the Mission E Cross Turismo can be flexibly moved beyond the car with the help of a Porsche e-bike, which electrically supports its driver when pedaling with a powerful electric drive. A mobility offer that does not require Porsche customers to forego the design, technology and performance of a Porsche on their own two-wheeler in their free time.
The interior: visible lightweight structures
The interior reinterprets classic Porsche elements and transfers them to the digital age. This applies, for example, to the instrument panel: it emphasizes the width of the vehicle and consists of a wing-shaped upper and lower part. The dashboard is clearly structured horizontally with an ultra-wide display for the driver and front passenger. The freestanding instrument cluster is bent and aligned towards the driver. It includes three circular display graphics, displayed digitally on TFT screens. The center console between the front seats rises towards the dashboard. The indirect lighting of the center console in combination with the ambient lighting creates a special atmosphere.
The design features in the interior also include visible lightweight structures, which can be found on the dashboard and the sporty, reminiscent of racing shells seats with illuminated Porsche lettering. The door panels have innovative 3D elements with a textured surface. For a contrast in color to the exclusive bicolour concept of the interior with aniline leather in black and light gray, anodised borders provide, for example, the air vents or the window lift modules in Nordic Blue.
The drive: sporty e-performance thanks to over 600 hp
Two permanent-magnet synchronous (PSM) motors with a system output of more than 600 hp (440 kW) accelerate the Mission E Cross Turismo to 100 km / h in less than 3.5 seconds and 200 km / h in less than 12 seconds. In addition, there is a continuous power that has never been achieved by electric vehicles: Several acceleration processes directly behind each other are possible without any loss of power. The on-demand four-wheel drive with Porsche Torque Vectoring, ie the automatic distribution of torque to the individual wheels, brings the power to any surface.
The chassis: adaptive air suspension for comfort and agility
The all-wheel steering contributes to the exemplary agility and stability of the vehicle. The adaptive air suspension allows an increase in ground clearance of up to 50 millimeters. Also on board is PDCC (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control). It is used for active roll stabilization and prevents the side tilt of the vehicle when cornering. In addition, it reduces lateral rocking of the vehicle on undulating ground.
The advertising and operating concept: unique user experience
A highlight of the Mission E Cross Turismo is its novel display and operating concept. Intuitive operation and information that is optimally placed 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 be perfectly integrated into the digital lifestyle. Result is a special user experience.
The most important displays and operating options:
- Driver display with gaze control : The instrument cluster comprises three virtual round instruments. These are divided into the areas Porsche Connect, Performance, Drive, Energy and Sport Chrono. By means of a camera in the interior mirror, the eye-tracking system detects which instrument the driver is currently looking at. The ads that he sees are then brought to the foreground, while others are reduced accordingly by looking away. Operation is via smart touch controls on the steering wheel.
- Passenger display : This screen extends over the entire width of the front passenger side. The eye-tracking and touch function allows the passenger to operate various apps and thus control functions such as media, navigation, climate and contacts.
- Touch panel in the center console with detailed information menus.
- Small touch screens : These sit both in the multifunctional window lift modules (for seat adjustment and comfort functions of the seat) as well as in the lamellar air vents right and left in the dashboard. There, for example, by wiping from left to right the strength of the ventilation can be increased.
The “Smart Cabin” approach simplifies operation. Vehicle settings, interior climate and ambient lighting are automatically adapted to the wishes of the occupants and the respective driving situation.
Even outside the vehicle, the driver can access a variety of information and make settings: All customization options from the air conditioning to navigation can be planned by tablet, smartphone or smartwatch.
The “DestinationsApp”: personal travel companion
Porsche Connect already offers more than 20 digital services and apps today. In the Mission E Cross Turismo, the “DestinationsApp” shows what added value the digital platform could offer in the near future: The “DestinationsApp” makes it easy to organize a weekend trip on the smartphone in just a few steps. The app inspires to travel destinations, allows fast and easy booking and takes care of route planning, food and sports equipment. The “DestinationsApp” even allows the Mission E Cross Turismo chassis to be adapted to the chosen route and to select the appropriate music, air conditioning and ambient lighting.
The loading: fast and uncomplicated
The 800 volt architecture in the vehicle ensures that the lithium-ion battery can be charged in just over 15 minutes for a range of around 400 kilometers (according to NEDC). The concept vehicle can be flexibly recharged on the road and at home: for example, it is prepared for charging on the fast-charging network, which is being created as part of the IONITY joint venture on European highways. In addition, the Mission E Cross Turismo can recharge via induction or use a charging dock or a Porsche home energy storage to replenish the battery. With the latter, solar power from the domestic photovoltaic system can be used.