Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has unveiled the all-new Mitsubishi Airtrek SUV at the Auto Guangzhou exhibition in China.
While the old Mitsubishi Airtrek was known for having the same powerful powertrain as the Lancer Evo, the all-new Airtrek is headed on the opposite direction, developed based on the concept of an “e-cruising SUV,” with “e” representing the three keywords of “electric” (electric vehicle), “expanding” (expanding life with a car), and “expressive” (expressing the MMC uniqueness).
Design wise, the all-new Mitsubishi Airtrek rocks the Dynamic Shield front face and a hexagon motif on the tailgate just like the other new models in the portfolio.
The interior on the other hand is open and spacious, featuring a horizontally-themed instrument panel that offers a broad field of vision and makes it easy to grasp the position of the car.
To create a high-class feel, soft padding is introduced for the parts that passengers touch, and stitches are used in every detail. With its long wheelbase and broad overall width, the new model also offers spacious interior room for the whole family to ride in comfort.
As its EV component, the all-new Airtrek comes equipped with a large capacity 70-kilowatt (kWh) drive battery, achieving a maximum driving range of approximately 520 km.
Installing the drive battery in the centre of the floor has achieved an ideal front-rear weight distribution with a low center of gravity.
The motor, inverter, and reduction drive have been integrated into a single lightweight, compact unit, combined with a driving system that delivers high output and torque inside a lightweight, high-rigidity body.
As a result, Mitsubishi claims that the all-new Airtrek delivers a powerful yet smooth ride characteristic of an EV, with nimble handling for a thoroughly exhilarating driving.
“We named the new electric SUV Airtrek so that many customers can enjoy adventurous, active driving with this pure EV, which achieves a maximum driving range of approximately 520 km while emitting zero CO2 in motion,” said Takao Kato, president and chief executive officer, MMC.
“We hope the all-new Airtrek will help expand the horizons of customers in China, where environmental initiatives are accelerating with new energy vehicles, especially EVs.”