Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer previews next-generation Outlander?
The Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer “has been designed as an elegant and functional all-purpose crossover SUV” according to Mitsubishi which revealed it in full at the Geneva Motor Show.
Named after a ski resort in Switzerland, the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer is described as “an elegant and functional all-purpose crossover SUV … that encourages family and friends to go further together”. The Engelberg Tourer is an evolution of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with its twin-motor, plug-in electric vehicle with four-wheel drive, “allowing journeys out of town and to places with no charging infrastructure”.
In addition to drawing off its PHEV know-how, the Engelberg Tourer has seen Mitsubishi dip into its back catalogue and use tech from its hot-shoe Lancer Evolution range with Active Yaw Control (AYC) to shuffle torque front to back as needed. To this is added, Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) which is able to brake individual wheels and tweak engine and motor output to ensure maximum grip and control when accelerating, cornering or stopping.
Under the bonnet is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that can either drive the vehicle, or act as a generator to keep the batteries topped up while driving in electric mode. As an EV, the Engelberg Tourer has a driving range of 70km and a 700km range with a fully charged battery and full tank of fuel.
While Mitsubishi is keeping quiet, the announcement about the Engelberg Tourer seemed to suggest it would become a production reality without actually saying that…if not, why would it include official WLTP figures? It’s likely the seven-seat Engelberg Tourer will end up as the next-generation Outlander which is due in the next couple of years. The the front of the thing carries styling cues from the latest ASX is more reason to believe this thing is closer to production than its concept tag might suggest.
Mitsubishi released a video of the Engelberg Tourer and, as you can see the thing features LED lights in its roof bar with an electric opening and closing roof box. The interior is a big step up on current Mitsubishi vehicles and the dashboard shows off a large infotainment screen. More than that, the Engelberg Tourer seems to use cameras instead of conventional rear vision mirrors, but just where the image is projected isn’t clear.