Concept study of the first Porsche Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV) celebrates world premiere
GENEVA, March 6, 2018 /CNW/ - The presentation of the Mission E Cross Turismo from Porsche at the Geneva Motor Show is a concept study in the form of a fully electric CUV. The vehicle has in mind individuals with an active lifestyle who enjoy spending their leisure time outdoors, travelling, or playing sports. Thanks to the all-wheel drive, any ski slope can be reached with ease, while the flexible interior has plenty of space for sports equipment and the modern mounting systems make it easy to transport a Porsche e-bike or larger items.
The advantages of this four-door four-seater include an emotional design with striking off-road elements, as well as the new display and control concept with touchscreens and eye tracking. The 4.95m-long concept vehicle is ready for charging on the 800-volt fast-charge network, and can be charged via induction, a charging dock, or a Porsche home energy management system. The Mission E Cross Turismo is a continuation of the Mission E study that Porsche presented at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.
The design: Unmistakeable Porsche DNA
A low hood between powerfully curved fenders: Even at first glance, the front of the Mission E Cross Turismo clearly reveals its ties with the iconic Porsche 911 sports car. Vertical air intakes at the front, known as "air curtains", provide a striking design feature. Matrix LED headlights represent another style highlight. The typical Porsche four-point daytime running lights have been developed into narrow, three-dimensional glass elements. Embedded in four floating wings, these lights also feature the new four-point indicator. In addition, the vehicle benefits from the Porsche X-Sight high-performance high beam. Off-road design elements include the rugged wheel arches and doorsills, the striking look of the front spoiler and rear apron, and increased ground clearance.
The silhouette is highlighted by a sporty roofline that tapers towards the rear – termed "flyline" by the Porsche designers. This feature echoes the rear of the Panamera Sport Turismo. The dynamic design of the side windows is just as typical for the Porsche style. The broad fenders and three-dimensional sidewalls with air outlets behind the front wheels reinforce the sporty characteristics of the 1.99m-wide concept vehicle. Distinctive side skirts with an off-road look and 20-inch wheels with 275/40R20 tires are among the vehicle's other defining features.
The study, with its exclusive Light Grey Metallic paint, is immediately recognizable as a Porsche from the back. In addition to the sporty, flow-through roof spoiler, the vehicle also features the traditional, full-length light strip. The Porsche lettering is comprised of glass letters illuminated in white and embedded within a three-dimensional cover with a circuit path graphic. The "E" in the "Porsche" lettering pulsates when the vehicle is charging, and the circuit paths are brought to life by light pulses, giving customers an impressively tangible experience of the vehicle's energy flow. The large panoramic glass roof extending from the windscreen to the tailgate delivers a generous feeling of spaciousness.
The versatility: Equipped for all mobility needs
The Mission E Cross Turismo gives an insight into how a series-production Turismo variant with cross-utility attributes could look: A vehicle that is suitable in equal measure for travelling, everyday life and adventure, and a versatile companion in the city or in the country. Passengers benefit from the versatility of the 1.42m-high four-seater, with a hatch integrated into the backrests of the two individual rear seats, useful for loading items like skis. The backrests themselves can be folded down. In the luggage compartment, there is a rail system with adjustable and removable belts, allowing objects to be stowed quickly and securely. Away from the vehicle, Mission E Cross Turismo passengers could also benefit in the form of the Porsche e-bike, which supports riders with power from a high-performance electric drive. This mobility concept allows Porsche customers to continue enjoying the design, technology and performance of a Porsche during their leisure time spent on two wheels.
The interior: Visible lightweight structures
The interior delivers an entirely new interpretation of classic Porsche elements and carries them into the digital age. Take the instrument panel for example: This component emphasizes the width of the vehicle and consists of a wing-shaped top and bottom section. The dashboard has a clear horizontal arrangement with an ultra-wide display for the driver and front passenger. The freestanding instrument cluster is curved and inclined towards the driver, consists of three circular digital display graphics on TFT screens. The centre console between the front seats rises in the direction of the dashboard. Together with the ambient lighting, indirect lighting of the centre console creates a particularly unique mood.
The design elements in the interior also include visible lightweight structures, such as the dashboard and the sporty seats reminiscent of bucket racing seats, which feature illuminated Porsche lettering. The door panels have innovative 3D elements with a structured surface. Anodized trims around components like the air vents and window regulator modules in Nordic Blue provide a colourful contrast to the exclusive two-tone concept of the interior with Aniline leather in black and light grey.
The powertrain: Sporty e-performance thanks to over 600 hp
Two eager synchronous motors with a total system output of over 600 hp accelerate the Mission E Cross Turismo to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and to 200 km/h in under 12 seconds. This performance is in addition to a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles: Quick acceleration bursts are possible in succession without loss of performance. The demand-controlled all-wheel drive with Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), which automatically distributes torque to the individual wheels, transfers the power to the road.
The chassis: Adaptive air suspension for comfort and agility
All-wheel steering contributes to the exemplary agility and stability of this vehicle, while the adaptive air suspension allows an increased clearance of up to 50 millimetres. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) provides active roll stabilization and prevents lateral inclination of the vehicle when cornering. It also enhances lateral stability on bumpy terrain.
The display and control concept: A unique user experience
A highlight of the Mission E Cross Turismo is a new display and control concept. Intuitive operation and information such as the head-up display optimally positioned in the driver's field of vision do not distract the driver. With the help of new connectivity solutions, the vehicle can be perfectly integrated into a digital lifestyle. The result is a highly unique user experience.
The most important display and control options include:
- Driver display with eye tracking: The instrument cluster comprises three virtual round instruments that can be assigned to Porsche Connect, Performance, Drive, Energy, or Sport Chrono categories. Using a camera in the interior mirror, the tracking system can recognize the specific instrument the driver is eying which is then moved to the foreground.
- Passenger display: This screen extends along the entire width of the passenger side. The passenger can operate various apps via eye tracking and touch technology, allowing access functions like media, navigation, climate control, and contacts.
- Centre console touch panel with detailed information menus.
- Small touchscreens: These screens are situated in the multifunctional window regulator modules (for seat adjustment and seat comfort functions) as well as in the finless air vents on the right and left of the dashboard. By swiping left and right on these touchscreens, the ventilation strength can be adjusted for example.
The "smart cabin" approach simplifies operation. The vehicle settings, interior climate, and ambient lighting are all automatically adjusted to the wishes of the occupants and the respective driving situation.
The driver can also access a variety of information and adjust settings away from the vehicle: All customization options, from the air-conditioning system, to navigation, can be set in advance via tablet, smartphone, or smartwatch.
The "DestinationsApp": A personal travel assistant
Porsche Connect already offers more than 20 digital services and apps. In the Mission E Cross Turismo, the "DestinationsApp" demonstrates which additional benefits the digital platform may offer in the near future. Using this app, a weekend trip can be planned quickly and easily in just a few steps on a smartphone. The app suggests inspirational travel destinations, enables reservations to be made quickly and effortlessly, and handles route planning, restaurants and sports equipment requirements. The driver can even tailor the chassis of the Mission E Cross Turismo to the selected route via the "DestinationsApp", as well as choosing the most suitable music, climate control and ambient lighting for the journey.
Charging: Fast and effortless
The 800-volt architecture in the vehicle ensures that the lithium-ion battery is charged for a range of approximately 400 kilometres in around 15 minutes, based on the NEDC. The concept vehicle allows flexible charging both on the move and at home, and is compatible with the fast-charging network that is being established on European roads as part of the IONITY joint venture. At the workplace, the Mission E Cross Turismo can be charged via induction technology, and at home using either a charging dock or Porsche home energy management system, including solar energy if the home is so equipped.
Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd., a dedicated subsidiary of Porsche AG, imports and distributes Porsche vehicles in Canada. The company employs a team of more than 50 in sales, aftersales, finance, marketing, network development, and public relations. In 2017, Porsche sold an unprecedented 8,249 units in Canada, up 17% over the prior year.
SOURCE Porsche Cars Canada
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