Last year, Porsche unveiled the production version of Mission E: a four-door electric door that looked like a worthy rival to Tesla's Model S. Mission E will not go on sale until the end of 2019, but that is not possible. Stopping Porsche from iterating into the design. Today at the Geneva Motor Show, the German automaker is showing its response to the Tesla X model: the E Cross Tourism mission.
The Cross Tourism is a so-called conceptual study instead of a design ready for production, and is full of touches of fantasy design. The LED lights dance around and through the illuminated Porsche logo on the back. The Porsche badge on the front is presented in monochrome, the wheels are designed in a dark blue color, and the interior is full of futuristic patterns and decorations. The headlights, or rather the set of LEDs that make up the headlights, are also a mix of corrugated family curves and more angular neo-futurism. All of which is to say that Porsche exercises more its design muscles that offers us a concrete look at its future plans.
Porsche calls this car a "CUV" or crossover utility vehicle, which the company explains is basically a more refined version of an SUV. It has a series of rugged style elements, including protected wheel arches, a higher ride height, fog lamps and thick tires. But the overall appearance is neither heavy nor bulky: the Mission E Cross Turismo is slim and, thanks to recognizable touches such as the tail lamp band, identifiable as a Porsche.
If it is ever done, the Cross Tourism must also handle it like a Porsche. It is built on the same basic frame as Mission E, which means two electric motors, one in the front and one in the rear, that give you a top speed of 155 mph and take it from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and 125 mph in less than 12 seconds. The car also has a range of just under 250 miles and is compatible with Europe's growing fast charging network.
Inside, everything is minimal and orderly, but dominated by screens. There is an 11-inch screen for information and entertainment on the dashboard and a HUD projected on the bottom of the windshield. There is also a screen in the center console for things like climate control and, this is a concept car, remember, operate the drone that lives in the trunk. You can see how it's supposed to work in the next promotional video: