Presented previously this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the Engelberg Tourer takes its name from a Swiss ski resort for some factor or another. However, taking a look at the 2021 Outlander, it’s clear that Mitsubishi came up with that concept as a preview for the car manufacturer’s next mid-size crossover energy vehicle.
2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Design
The most striking information about the test mule is the style of the headlights, which can be found in the guise of thin clusters enhanced by light-emitting diodes for good steps. This method suggests that the front bumper gets back at busier than previously, a pattern that Mitsubishi has accepted with the Eclipse Cross and most current refresh of the Outlander Sport (a.k.a. ASX in Europe and RVR in Japan).
Riding on complex wheels with on-road tires, the prototype, even more, reveals a longer wheelbase than before and generous rear doors for easier gain access to for the third-row travelers. What comes as a surprise is the size of the rear brake rotors, a bit on the little side compared to the size of the alloy wheels.
Out of the back, it’s company as normal for Mitsubishi, and the exhaust gas exits the muffler through a single pipe on the left-hand side of the vehicle. The engineers could not make a case for a split tailgate, a feature that made the second generation stick out in the mid-size crowd regardless of the rather dull styling. It’s hard to work out if there’s a charging port door concealing under the camo, but a new plug-in hybrid alternative may be provided.
We’ve first become aware of the next-gen PHEV in September 2019 through a teaser of a yet-unnamed concept, heading to the Tokyo Motor Show with “unrivaled driving enjoyment.” For recommendation, the Outlander PHEV for the 2020 model year integrates a 13.8-kWh battery with a 2.4-liter Atkinson four-cylinder powerplant and an electrified rear axle for an all-wheel-drive as needed.
As part of the Renault-Nissan alliance, Mitsubishi might likewise use the e-drive and battery technologies of the Japanese and French overlords. While on the subject of alliances, the platform of the 2021 Outlander might be shown the next Koleos and X-Trail (a.k.a. Rogue in the United States).
2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Engine
Both Renault and Nissan are stepping up their electrification video game, and the Typical Module Family C/D vehicle architecture currently has mild-hybrid applications. The Beautiful comes to mind, featuring the Hybrid Assist turbo diesel with a 48-volt battery, e-motor, and the Energy dCi 110 engine.