Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer – PHEV SUV concept with 20 kWh battery, 70 km EV range, 700 km combined

Mitsubishi has introduced the Engelberg Tourer concept at the Geneva Motor Show. According to the manufacturer, the study is an all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid SUV which allows its driver to ‘enjoy driving in all weather conditions and on any road surface with confidence.’

Powertrain for the Engelberg Tourer comes courtesy of a 2.4 litre petrol engine, mated to a pair of electric motors powered by a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located beneath the vehicle’s floor. The internal combustion engine acts as a high-output generator when used in series hybrid mode, and the SUV has a total cruising range of more than 700 km, based on the WLTP cycle. Pure electric cruising range, meanwhile, is more than 70 km.

The electric drive motors are mounted one on each axle for all-wheel-drive operation, which is harnessed by Mitsubishi’s Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) and Active Yaw Control, which the company says is developed from knowledge acquired from the brand’s famed Lancer Evolution series of performance sedans. This effects torque vectoring for optimum drive on unmade and snow-covered roads.

The powertrain setup somewhat recalls that of the Outlander PHEV, which also mates a 2.4 litre petrol mill to electric drive for both front and rear axles, albeit with a greater battery capacity than the Outlander’s 13.8 kWh. No output figures were provided for each of the electric drive motors, though these should exceed the 137 Nm and 195 Nm output figures (front and rear, respectively) of the Outlander PHEV.

In terms of styling, the concept adopts a bold design which appears to be a development of the marque’s Dynamic Shield design language for its face, bringing it in line with the latest models to emerge such as the Triton and the Expander.

Inside, a tall centre console separates the front occupants, while monitor screens display rear-view camera feeds in place of conventional side mirrors. The second row continues the theme of light-coloured leather against gloss black trim, while seating here is comprised of individual chairs.

Alongside the Engelberg Tourer concept, Mitsubishi also displayed the Dendo Drive House (DDH), a packaged system which comprises an EV or PHEV, a bi-directional charger, solar panels and a home battery that is designed for home use.

In essence, instead of the residential home structure functioning purely as charging point for the electrified vehicles, this setup enables the EV/PHEV to give electricity back to the building and thus contribute to electricity costs savings as well as provide an emergency power source in the event of an outage.

The company added that the packaged service will be made available via Mitsubishi dealerships in select markets, which will take care of the sale, installation and service of the components.

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