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Porsche Taycan ‘Cross Turismo’ gets production tick

Mission E Cross Turismo concept to head to production as new Porsche EV model

22 Oct 2018

PORSCHE has officially announced that it will launch a road-going version of its sleek Mission E Cross Turismo concept to be rolled out globally in 2019.
 
The production version is based on the concept that was revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show in March and Porsche says it will be a derivative of the Taycan that will land in showrooms in 2020.
 
While it is yet to be officially confirmed for Australia, it is likely to be offered Down Under sometime after the arrivial of the related Taycan that lobs in 2020.
 
Porsche has not confirmed the full variant name, but it could be dubbed Taycan Cross Turismo, or it might follow the wagon version of the Panamera and use the Taycan Sport Turismo moniker.
 
The German car-maker said it was looking to build a production version when the concept was revealed in Geneva, hinting that it was “already fit for the road”, but at that stage it was believed to be hitting showrooms in 2021.
 
It will be produced at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant and it will create 300 new jobs, according to the car-maker. 
 
This is the same factory that will produce the four-door Taycan, which has generated 1200 new jobs at the production facility. Porsche says the plant will be carbon-neutral.
 
As reported, the four-door Mission E Cross Turismo concept has an 800-volt system that is built for fast charging and it can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in 15 minutes.
 
The 440kW twin-motor system offers a driving range of 500km after a full charge, according to Porsche.
 
While the concept’s interior has four seats, it is likely the production model will be offered with the option of five.
 
Porsche has ramped up its investment in electrified vehicles, with the company planning to invest more than €600 billion ($A9.7b) in electromobility by 2022.
 
The company already offers a number of plug-in hybrid models, including the Cayenne SUV and Panamera four-door coupe, while the next-generation 911 due next year is rumoured to be offered with a pair of plug-in hybrid powertrains.

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