Geneva 2018: Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo sets sights on Tesla Model X

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Porsche set to enter electric crossover market with Mission E Cross Turismo concept

With Porsche dropping diesels (for now), the German automaker is keen to push the Mission E sub brand into the mainstream. As the four-door Mission E creeps closer to its world debut, Porsche has put in electric motors in what's essentially the hottest segment these days: The crossover market.

Dubbed the Mission E Cross Turismo, it is a concept for now but Porsche is adamant that their first high-riding EV will eventually reach production. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume went as far as saying that the Mission E Cross Turismo is 'practically for for the road'. The debut of the car caught many by surprise as even our spies did not get any photos of the crossover before its reveal. While he didn't mention an exact year of release, it is likely that it will be around 2020.

In the practical EV Porsche concept, propulsion is provided by a pair of electric motors, powering the front and rear wheels. This effectively makes it all-wheel drive and the company also added torque vectoring for good measure. Output is rated at 440 kilowatts, which translates to a whopping 600 PS. The result is a claimed 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.5 seconds and a 0 to 200 km/h time 'just under 12 seconds'.

As for styling, it adapts the front fascia of the Mission E four-door coupe. There's the flat-nosed treatment similar to the Macan and Cayenne but, this being an electric vehicle, there is no large grill present. Instead, the Mission E Cross Turismo gets a rounded-off front bumper with corner air intakes for the brakes. Plus, it gets a similar headlight treatment as the Mission E four-door coupe.

The sides sees some elements from the present Porsche crossover range. Its fenders, doors and quarter panels are pulled outwards to give a wider looking stance. Minimal detailing is seen on the doors too, with only a single character line running near its sills. A sweeping roof line gives the Mission E Cross Turismo a dynamic profile, along with a rounded third window that's similar to the Macan and Cayenne.

A slim set of LED tail lights and reflective panel takes center stage at the rear. The styling treatment follows that of the Panamera Sport Turismo with its rakish tailgate design. No exhaust pipes here (as there's no need for one) but it does get an integrated diffuser. Giving the Mission E Cross a more SUV-like appearance are the black overfenders, black side sills and, of course, a little more ground clearance

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