There is a quality in Porsche that makes even the most demanding of motorheads defer to. Maybe it’s heritage, perhaps it’s a timeless sex appeal. But for what it’s worth, the automaker has always been respected for its unique blend of panache, athleticism and everyday driving. It doesn’t take much convincing to get one, and like switching from Windows to Apple, anyone who gets behind a Porsche rarely turns back.
The same can be said for the recently unveiled Mission E Cross Turismo concept. Electric cars are once more a hot topic this year, and this crossover is expected to hit the road as early as 2021.
Think of it as a rarified mutt crossed between a station wagon and sport utility vehicle. But one that's a lot cooler than the average soccer mom ride and built with the potential to possibly dethrone Tesla as the sole American leading the electric charge.
The spacious four-seater combines stunning lines with idealistic details (read: a curved driver display with eye-tracking control) and a superlative performance. Low in stance and predatory, it comes equipped with a Panamera-like rear and low sweeping roofline that would easily slice through the wind. Overall, very handsome, but we think it could afford to lose the blue wheels.
That said, the car shares the same powertrain as the standard Mission E, and is allegedly capable of generating over 591 ponies and hits the 100kph mark in under 3.5 seconds, which is fast enough to piss off a Lamborghini Urus.
The car is also capable of massaging through rough terrain. All thanks to all-wheel steering and an electrohydraulic Dynamic Chassis Control anti-roll system that actively stabilises the car.
There are many virtues to electric vehicles, but as with most, there is the unfortunate problem of range anxiety. Yes, the internal combustion engine is evil and yes, our ozone layer is troubled. But if you had to choose between reliability and the fear of getting stranded in the middle of a highway, you know you got to pick your battles. Sustainability is hard work, but Porsche is confident that the Mission E Cross Turismo will turn this fear upside down.
Here’s where its 800-volt electrical wiring comes in handy. One can easily get 400km of range on a single 15-minute charge, and that’s four times as much as what you’d get with say, a Jaguar I-Pace. Alternatively, the battery can be charged via induction or a Porsche home energy storage system. And if all goes according to plan, Porsche dealerships will soon be equipped with 800-volt DC fast-chargers and Europe's major network of superfast chargers will be ready by 2020. Extra brownie points for the all-electric crossover.
Unsurprisingly, the Mission E remains a concept car for now and who knows how good it will be on the road as it is on paper? We can't drive a press release but somehow, we have got a good feeling about it. While concept cars should always be taken with a pinch of salt, the Germans tend to get right to the point. Which in this case, a rather stunning Mission E Cross Turismo that's going to be clean, green and hard to beat.