Porsche's Mission E Cross Turismo is the EV crossover you want

Darrell Etherington
TechCrunch

Porsche unveiled a new concept version of its forthcoming Mission E all-electric car today at at the Geneva Motor Show. The Mission E Cross Turismo is a crossover utility vehicle with all-wheel drive, four doors and a larger cargo capacity for making sure you have plenty of room to stow your skis before you hit the slopes since this is definitely the kind of car that appeals to people who ski.

The concept builds on the Mission E study that Porsche first unveiled back in 2015, but it's actually road-ready, the car maker says, and features a 0 to 60 MPH time of less than 3.5 seconds, along with a driving range of over 310 miles on a single charge. Fast charging will recoup you about 250 miles in just 15 minutes, too, thanks to its 800-volt system architecture.

The Cross Turismo has around 600 HP of power from its motors, and can get up to over 120 miles per hour in under 12 seconds. On the inside, it has a new concept dash with a long center console touch panel and small touch screens integrated into the ents and near the windows for controlling vents and other comfort functions.

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There's eye-tracking built into the car too to identify which instruments a driver is actually looking at, and then foreground those elements visually in the display while minimizing others. All cabin customization can be handled from a mobile app that works across tablets, smartphones and even on a smartwatch.

I mentioned skiing above, and for a reason: transporting long items in the trunk is made possible with pass-through sections in the rear seating that basically pop out to allow you to do more with the paces available.

Porsche's Mission E line looks like a serious competitor for Tesla, and this one seems like it could go toe-to-toe with both the Model S and potentially appeal to buyers who might be interested in a Model X, too.

There's no specific timeline yet for the car's launch, though it'll likely be after the main Mission E's 2019 production date.

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