Porsche Just Unveiled an Electric SUV to Take On Tesla Model X

Porsche took the wraps off its Mission E Cross Turismo at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, an electric vehicle that looks set to give the Tesla Model X a run for its money.

The Mission E is fast. With an 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.5 seconds and the ability to reach speeds of 125 mph in just 12 seconds, the vehicle is built for high performance. All-wheel drive allows it to take on tough missions, while the company promises multiple accelerations without loss of performance.

Porsche is betting big on fast recharging times to entice gas car users to switch. The 800-volt architecture allows for a recharge of its battery in just over 15 minutes, good enough for 250 miles of driving on a single charge. The battery can charge at home or at charging stations, but Porsche is also including support for induction charging.

Porsche central console.


Inside, Porsche is promising a luxurious interior for passengers, with over four feet of vertical space for three passengers and one driver. Passengers have a touchscreen control with eye tracking to bring up media and alter controls like air conditioning. A central console for the driver detects which instrument the user is looking at and brings it to the foreground, allowing for alterations with the steering wheel controls.

Porsche rear.

Pricing and release date are unclear, but the company told reporters at the show that it is considering putting the car into production.

Porsche interior.

If it goes into production, it’ll face stiff competition from Tesla. Elon Musk’s electric car venture offers the Model X P100D with 0-60mph times of 2.9 seconds and a range of around 289 miles. However, Tesla only promises around 30 minutes of fast recharge to meet 80 percent capacity — powered by one of its 8,496 superchargers that offer 120 kilowatt-hours of power — meaning Porsche has an opening to entice luxury car buyers with the promise of rapid recharge.

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