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● First drive of Mis­sion E Cross Turismo EV cross­over

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We get be­hind the wheel of Mis­sion E Cross Turismo

PORSCHE be­gins its voy­age into the world of elec­tric cars with the Mis­sion E saloon next year. But what we’re driv­ing here, the Mis­sion E Cross Turismo, could well be the sec­ond. It’s a con­cept car that was first pre­sented at March’s Geneva Mo­tor Show and if feed­back is good, it could well make it to pro­duc­tion.

While the orig­i­nal Mis­sion E will be closer to the idea of a sports car, the Cross Turismo could be a fresh and mod­ern an­swer to the ever-growing de­mand for SUVS. With an ap­pear­ance that’s akin to a shoot­ing brake with higher ground clear­ance and rugged body cladding, it of­fers more room for pas­sen­gers than a Panam­era and has a big­ger boot than a Cayenne.

Con­cept ve­hi­cles like this are usu­ally pretty frag­ile, and more for look­ing at than driv­ing. But be­ing a Porsche, the Cross Turismo is more than just a pretty face. Hand-made wheels mean we can’t test the car’s 155mph top speed, but be­cause the con­cept uses the un­der­pin­nings of the pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the Mis­sion E, this is our first op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence just how a fully elec­tric Porsche feels on the road.

A 90kwh lithium-ion bat­tery drives two elec­tric mo­tors, one on each axle, to give four-wheel drive. Com­bined power is up­wards of 592bhp, while a range of around 310 miles has been promised. The torque de­liv­ery is in­stant and re­lent­less; that trans­lates to the kind of blis­ter­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion and cor­ner­ing speeds that you might ex­pect from a 911.

At more than 2,000kg, the Cross Turismo is heavy, but be­cause the ma­jor­ity of its weight is mounted as low as pos­si­ble, it feels glued to the road. And while there aren’t the fa­mil­iar sounds of a flat-six or a V8 to as­sault the senses, on first im­pres­sion the en­gi­neers have made the Cross Turismo feel like a Porsche made from a very dif­fer­ent set of in­gre­di­ents.

Driv­ing around the Hol­ly­wood hills means the go­ing can be slow at times, but that gives us the op­por­tu­nity to look around the cock­pit, which shows the next step of dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion. There are

very few phys­i­cal but­tons in the Cross Turismo; in­stead you see a land­scape of touch­screens that spreads across the dash and to­wards the pas­sen­ger.

Still, some things never change; the rev counter has evolved into an ac­cel­er­a­tion me­ter, but it still has a cen­tral po­si­tion in the in­stru­ment clus­ter.

“The Cross Turismo feels like a Porsche, but it’s made from a very dif­fer­ent set of in­gre­di­ents”

CRUISE MIS­SILE Mis­sion E Cross Turismo de­liv­ers typ­i­cal Porsche han­dling and zero emis­sions

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