Porsche Will Field a Plethora of Mission E Variants

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Porsche has revealed its forthcoming Mission E electric sports sedan will be offered with the same dizzying array of trims and powertrains as the rest of its models in a bid to appeal to as wide a range of buyers as possible.

Speaking at the Geneva auto show, Oliver Blume, the German company’s chairman, told the UK’s Autocar mag the Mission E will be sold in “a number of different model variants,” so that its lineup would mirror those of Porsche’s other models.

Blume also provided a clue about where the Mission E would fit in the Porsche model hierarchy, saying it would slot in below the 2017 Porsche Panamera, and will boast a 500-km driving range and a 15-minute charge time. Porsche is also considering the use of over-the-air updates, a’la Tesla, which would allow easy modification to the software that controls the car’s performance. That could be good news for buyers constantly craving the latest and greatest: every time Porsche introduces a new, more powerful Mission E variant, you could get one by paying for a software update for your current car, rather than trading up for a new car.

For an idea of how extensive the Mission E lineup could eventually become, the current Panamera offers five powertrains in three different body styles for a total of 15 distinct configurations, and that pales next to the 25 different ways you can buy a 911 sports car.

Porsche is already set to give us a taste of its electric high-performance aspirations, with the announcement the next range-topping Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid model will become the brand’s first flagship with hybrid power.

Blume also said the Mission E would have SAE Level 4 autonomous driving capability, clarifying (or contradicting) an earlier assertion by Blume that Porsche would never build an autonomous car; however, level 4 autonomy does still require there be a driver in the car to take over in certain situations.

Porsche’s Blume said the company will begin testing Mission E prototypes this summer as it works toward an on-sale date near the end of 2019.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.