The Engleberg concept car looks like a flight of fancy, but it’s a rather large clue to the next Outlander PHEV.
The Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show is a pointer to its new styling direction.
The concept is a plug-in hybrid that uses two electric motors, one each for the front and rear axles.
The current Outlander PHEV has an electric-only driving range of about 50 kilometres before the petrol engine takes over and extends total range up to 500km.
The next-generation Outlander is said to have a larger battery capacity, increasing electric driving range to 70km before the 2.4-litre petrol engine takes over to cover a total distance of 700km.
Said to be at least two years away, the new Outlander will arrive before the next generation of the ASX soft-roader.
As for the name of the concept car, the Mitsubishi Engelberg is named after a famous ski resort in Switzerland, “best known for its panoramic views, well-groomed runs and challenging off-piste skiing and snowboarding”.
Mitsubishi promises that with longer petrol and electric driving range, the next Outlander PHEV will be better able to get to far-away places with less range anxiety.
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