Mission E Cross Turismo to enter production

The production Mission E Cross will be Porsche's second fully-electric vehicle

The production Mission E Cross will be Porsche's second fully-electric vehicle

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo - previewed as the Mission E Cross Turismo - will officially join the Taycan in Porsche's electric vehicle line-up.

Porsche are already expecting to sell around 20,000 Taycans a year, and the addition of the Taycan Cross Turismo could see that rising to 30,000.

Porsche's board has green lit the all-electric Mission E Cross Turismo for series production, with the manufacturer creating 300 new jobs at its Zuffenhausen headquarters in preparation.

While an all-electric Macan is still yet to be officially announced by the automaker, it is now certain that it will mass-produce a second electric sports auto: the Mission E Cross Turismo, which was first presented as a concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018.

The concept has plenty of details which will no doubt be removed or toned down (the show auto had a drone installed in the boot, for Pete's sake), but it has been described by Porsche as "road ready" and was even road-tested by a few outlets earlier this year. In concept form, it featured black wheel arch extensions, unique front and rear bumper bars, and a slightly different front end and spoiler setup compared with the sedan version.

The Cross Turismo concept borrowed the Taycan's 800-volt battery architecture, with a system output of 600 horsepower and 311 miles of estimated range according to the NEDC test cycle. The Taycan Sport Turismo will be built at Porsche's Zuffenhausen, Germany plant and will require an additional 300 hands on deck, bringing the number of Porsche EV engineers up to 1,500 people.

The 600-horsepower vehicle will, according to Porsche, have a NEDC range of 500 kilometers, or 310 miles. Porsche plans to invest more than six billion euros in electromobility by 2022.

The Taycan Sport Turismo is expected to arrive in 2020, but may arrive alongside the sedan version in 2019 if we're lucky.

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