We’ve seen teasers of the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer, and now we get the finished product which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show a few minutes ago.
Named after a ski resort in Switzerland to represent the concept’s practical, versatile personality, the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show hopes to capitalize on the success of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
The latter is the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle of 2018, a success story that even Mitsubishi couldn’t have predicted. The Engelberg Tourer, still a concept, previous what could either be a new-generation Outlander or a second electrified SUV. According to Mitsubishi COO Trevor Mann, it’s coming to market and isn’t just a cute concept.
“The Engelberg Tourer has a real powertrain that we can really build and put on the market. It’s not a concept for the sake of unveiling something”, Mann said prior to the Engelberg Tourer debut.
Powering the Engelberg Tourer is a twin-motor, plug-in hybrid engine that can transmit its power to all four wheels (4WD). The traditional combustion engine is a 2.4-liter unit not unlike the one found on the 2020 Mitsubishi RVR. It’s paired with an electric motor and battery pack that offer 70 kilometers of range in all-electric mode. Total range is 700 kilometers.
Mitsubishi emphasized the adventure capability of the Engelberg Tourer, showing the concept driving hard on snow and pointing out AWC all-wheel drive system. Originally found on the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, the system allows the driver to modulate torque distribution between the axles and offers a lot more control than a regular active AWD system.
The Engelberg Tourer also benefits from torque split between the front wheels to provide better agility and put the instant torque of the electric engine to good use.
Also new on the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer is what the automaker is calling Connected Car System. The technology uses a range of variables such as weather, outside temperature, traffic data, and topography to select the optimal drive mode to optimize efficiency.
The Engelberg Tourer is certainly a concept, but it is interesting to see some of the production-ready and realistic features of the SUV. It may be a prototype, but you can see how it could be converted to a production model fairly quickly. It’s also nice that it has an actual engine that exists.