The Mission E Cross Turismo concept that debuted at the Geneva auto show this spring will join the Porsche Taycan in the near future — the automaker has just approved the model for production.
The small crossover — more of a station wagon — looked like it got the Audi Allroad treatment when it was revealed in concept form in March, wearing knobbier tires and black plastic wheel arches all around. The concept itself was powered by two electric motors producing 600 hp, giving the vehicle the ability to reach 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and sprint up to a top speed of 155 mph. Whatever name it ends up using, it’ll be based heavily on the Taycan.
“The second electric athlete from Zuffenhausen: At its meeting on 18 October, the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG gave the green light for series production of the concept study Mission E Cross Turismo,” the automaker said in a statement. “The sports car manufacturer will create 300 additional jobs at its headquarters in Zuffenhausen for production of the vehicle, which was presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2018.”
This week, Porsche confirmed a few specs of its upcoming Tesla fighter, the artist formerly known as the Mission E. The 2020 Taycan is slated to go on sale next year aiming squarely for the Model …
This official confirmation solidifies Porsche’s commitment to electric cars, and if the concept is any indication, it will steer clear of the niche occupied by the Macan. At 194.8 inches long, the concept landed squarely between the Macan and the Panamera, which are 184.3 inches and 198.8 inches long, respectively. Of course, expect the production version to feature a taller ride height than the Taycan, but the design should bear a close resemblance since Porsche wants its EVs to be distinct from its gas-engined offerings.
“The four-door Cross Turismo has an 800-volt architecture and is prepared for connection to the fast charging network,” Porsche added. “It has a system output of 600 hp and a range of 500 km (NEDC). The vehicle is a derivative of the Taycan. The first purely electric Porsche will be launched on the market in 2019.”
The concept debuted with a claimed 310-mile range in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) — identical to the Taycan — but it remains to be seen how the EPA will rate both cars’ ranges.
We’ll see the Taycan before we see the production version of the Mission E Cross Turismo, as the sedan will go on sale in 2019 as a 2020 model. But the Cross Turismo should not be far behind.