Such a move reflects an internal roadmap leaked last year, which identified an electric SUV-esque model as the second zero-emission car for the brand’s electric line-up.
While Autocar sources have confirmed there is no official greenlight for the project, the economies of scale achieved with the Mission E mean there is a strong chance it will get the go ahead – and shortly.
It is expected to make production early in the next decade, and we expect the recent images of the car testing will first manifest themselves publicly as a Mission E-SUV concept. However, that concept is unlikely until at least 2018.
While some reports have called it a Cayenne coupé, insiders say it is not necessarily linked to the popular SUV model, although it could share certain chassis components.