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Porsche E Cross Turismo set to take on Jaguar I-Pace

James Disdale
7 Mar 2018

The Porsche E Cross Turismo could be on sale by 2020; previews forthcoming Mission E interior

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Porsche has unveiled its radical E Cross Turismo concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Billed as a CUV, or Cross Utility Vehicle, the all-electric design study is heavily influenced by the current Panamera Sport Turismo and showcases the brand’s pure EV credentials. A decision to put the Cross Turismo into production has yet to be made and won’t be taken for at least three months while Porsche’s gathers feedback from customers and dealers. However, Dr Michael Steiner, Porsche’s head of R&D, told evo that the car could be production ready and in the showrooms as soon as 2020, just twelve months after Porsche first fully electric car - Mission E - goes on sale.

Claimed to be ‘road ready’, the E Cross Turismo is powered by a pair of permanent magnet synchronous motors that between them develop more than 600bhp. Driving and axle each, they allow the four-wheel drive Porsche to sprint from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and onto 124mph in 12 seconds dead. Crucially, Porsche claim that this performance can be accessed time and again without out any drop of in performance or need for lengthy battery preparation.

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Underpinning this electric drivetrain is a lithium ion battery that forms part of a powerful 800 Volt electrical system. Porsche claim the car can go 250 miles between charges, but crucially the cells can be replenished in just 15 minutes using a fast charger. The E Cross Turismo has also been developed to take advantage of proposed induction charging methods, where cables buried in the road surface allow the battery to be topped up on the move.

Given its ‘lifestyle’ brief, it’s no surprise to find the suspension has been tuned to deliver a dash of off-road ability, with the standard air suspension able to be jacked up by 50mm for extra ground clearance. On the road, the E Cross benefits from Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which aims to eliminate body roll for more secure handling. The concept features 20-inch wheels with relatively modest 275 section tyres.

As you’d expect, the E Cross’s cabin is packed with technology. The most interesting addition is the TFT instrument display that’s linked to an eye-tracking camera. This set-up can detect which dial the driver is looking at and bring it to the foreground while minimizing the other instruments. There are also touch sensitive controls on the centre console and steering wheel. The passenger isn’t left out either, as the screens stretch the full width of dashboard and give access to the car’s telephone, climate control and navigation functions. These components might all sound like the usual concept car paraphernalia, but we have reason to believe the interior as a whole will be very close to the forthcoming Mission E saloon production car.

> Click here for more on the Porsche Mission E

Despite being a strict four-seater, the E Cross has been configured to be remarkably practical. Each of the rear seats features a load through function, plus they can be folded completely flat. The boot floor also features a system of sliding rails and straps for securing loads, such as pushbikes or surfboards. 

The rugged approach continues on the outside, where a heavily Panamera-inspired body is augmented with tough-looking plastic extensions for sills and wheelarches, while the blue-finished 20-inch alloys are covered in surprisingly chunky looking tyres. Elsewhere, the E Cross features the same matrix LED headlamps that features the firm’s X-Sight enhanced main beam function.

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