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Electrified Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer showcased at Geneva

8th Mar 2019 11:54 am

Plug-in hybrid SUV concept can do over 700km between fuel fill-ups; comes with four-wheel drive.

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Mitsubishi has revealed the Engelberg Tourer at the Geneva motor show. Named after a Swiss ski resort, the SUV concept depicts a vision of Mitsubishi’s electrified future and is described by the company as “an elegant and functional all-rounder crossover SUV”. The concept’s styling builds on the brand’s design themes introduced in the latest ASX, while lifestyle touches include an electrically opening and closing roof box with built-in projector lamps.

What’s more important with this concept is what’s going on under the skin, as the Engelberg Tourer’s main purpose is to preview a new four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid powertrain, moving things on from the current Outlander’s PHEV system.

A 2.4-litre, four-cylinder (non-turbo) petrol engine is mated to a 20kWh battery pack underneath the floor. The system powers two electric motors, front and rear, making it a four-wheel drive and offering a claimed EV range of 71km on the newly established Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle. With a full battery and fuel tank, the range is said to be more than 700km.

It also uses chassis tech inspired by the Lancer Evolution hot sedans, including an active yaw control system and advanced torque-split function ensuring stability in all conditions. While mainly a technology preview, elements of its design will transfer to future Mitsubishi models.

Alongside the Engelberg Tourer, Mitsubishi is previewing a home charging system called the Dendo Drive House (DDH). The system uses a bi-directional charger, solar panels and a battery and is designed to be a part of your home. It allows your EV or PHEV to be charged via solar panels, while at the same time allowing the car to supply electricity for your home in emergencies.

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