Name’s still a little foolish.
Mitsubishi has unveiled its big Geneva debutant, the Engelberg Tourer concept, to an enthralled & excited crowd at the ongoing motorshow. The Engelberg Tourer drew a number of people to the stand as, for all intents and purposes, this is a sneak preview of the next-generation Outlander SUV.
It’s named after a Swiss skiing destination and, by the looks of it, it’s a more upmarket interpretation of the Outlander’s basic package, which also integrates Mitsubishi’s latest design language. You’ll find the brand’s ‘Dynamic Shield Face’ on its, uh, face, with large main headlight units sitting below high-mounted LED daytime running lights. These flank a large, sealed-off grille, which is outlined by blue-illuminated strips. There’s chrome detailing around the place, as well as an integrated roof box that features an auto open/close function, as well as forward-facing spotlights.
And in typical motorshow car fashion, the Engelberg Tourer is bereft of side mirrors and door handles.
The interior reveals a truly luxurious atmosphere, that seamlessly integrates the luxury measures & touches of today with the technological capabilities & functionalities that we expect of a modern car. To that end there’s a digital instrument cluster ahead of the driver and a large centre infotainment screen, the latter featuring a couple of analogue dials on either side in a nod to functionality over style. The centre stack features a gear selector and what appears to be a ‘terrain select’ knob, again underlining the Engelberg’s intent on being an all-weather machine.
The Engelberg Tourer is a plug-in hybrid, marrying a 2.4-litre petrol mill with an electric motor and some modestly-sized batteries. Outputs weren’t mentioned, but Mitsubishi claims the Engelberg can do as much as 70km on a fully-charged battery, while total touring range is claimed to be in excess of 700km.
In addition to the Engelberg Tourer, Mitsubishi also brought their ‘Dendo Drive House,’ which they call a “packaged system comprising the EV/PHEV, a bi-directional charger, solar panels, and a home battery,” which effectively permits the car to charge the house and vice-versa. It should theoretically reduce power bills, and even keep the house running in the event of a power outage. Cool, eh?