Porsche recently published a video discussing its long-range, all-electric vehicle — the Mission E Cross Turismo — discussing the vehicle’s concept and design. Unveiled last month at the Geneva Motor Show, the Mission E Cross Turismo is expected to enter the market early in the next decade.
According to Porsche’s most recent video, the Mission E variant is the product of the company’s attempt to make an electric car that fits in perfectly with the rest of the company’s lineup. Michael Mauer, Porsche’s Vice President of Style, highlighted the Cross Turismo’s unique features. The design executive, for one, took particular notice of the car’s aerodynamics and airflow, which is enhanced by the vehicle’s shape and vents on its sides. Its pop-up door handles, which are similar to the Tesla Model S, also improve its aerodynamics.
As noted in a Motor1 report, the German legacy automaker appears to have adopted a “less is more” approach to the interior of the electric car, though not as radical as the Tesla Model 3. As could be seen in images of the Cross Turismo’s interior, the dashboard is fitted with a generous binnacle in front of the steering wheel and an expansive touchscreen on the passenger side. This is quite a departure from Porsche’s tendency to place a generous number of knobs and switches in some of its other vehicles.
The seats of the Mission E Cross Turismo are also noteworthy, with their rather thin design. This appears to be aimed at maximizing the interior space of the vehicle, as could be seen in the liberal amount of legroom in the second row.
Just last month, Porsche took one of its Mission E sedan prototypes to one of Germany’s most challenging and most iconic tracks — the Nurburgring. Based on a brief clip of the vehicle as it passed through the exit of Brunnchen, Porsche definitely seems to be refining the all-electric car’s performance. As noted by Porsche VP of Product Line BEV Stefan Weckbach, the Mission E would be a car that can perform at its optimum for extended periods of time, unlike Tesla’s Model S, which gets its performance limited when driven hard on the track.
Despite Tesla’s lack of involvement in motorsports so far, signs are starting to emerge that the Elon Musk-led company is refining its vehicles’ capabilities. In a previous report, we covered how a long-range RWD Tesla Model 3 was able to complete several laps in the Laguna Seca Raceway without a drop in performance. During the Model 3’s track session, it was able to go flat out for four laps before its brake pads were worn down. Despite this, however, the electric car’s driver was still able to complete several more laps around the racetrack using the car’s regenerative braking.