The Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Could Have Been A Modern Dakar 959 But It’s Just Awkward

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The press pics of the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo are pretty slick. They show the car in a fine light looking all purposeful and Porsche-ish. But in person, here at the Geneva Motor Show, it looks a little more rough than ready.

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The press release contains this gem: “Limited light and special lighting angles emphasise the car’s design.” And in the shiny press pics contained with it show a moody looking thing, a classic Porsche shape that looks pretty damn appealing.

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In the cold, cold light of the auto show it’s a different story. Its big wheels look awkward and the cladding over the wheel wells don’t suit its sleek body at all. Hell, Porsche gave it nostrils with LEDs.

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It sits oddly high, and the whole package seems to be at odds with itself.

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What Porsche could have done here is take the new Mission E ethos and throw it at some of its heritage—it could have created a new take on the legendary 959 Dakar car. Instead it’s ended up with something that looks aftermarket.

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The promised tech, range, and self-driving capabilities are all very promising. It’s the kind of thing Porsche should be doing after all.

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That said, it’s been a while—almost three years—since the original Mission E Concept first appeared. Like the upcoming Toyota Supra, it’s not a matter of if but when; it’ll happen seeing as Porsche has said it’ll bring an EV to market eventually. And given market conditions, an SUV or crossover variant seems inevitable.

We’ve been waiting a while, Porsche, and not for a German version of a Volvo V90 Cross Country. Hopefully you can do better next time.

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Alex Goy

British car writer/presenter person. I like drinking copious amounts of tea.