Mitsubishi's Crossover Concept Looks Bold - Yeah, That's the Ticket

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
mitsubishis crossover concept looks bold yeah thats the ticket

It might not be your author’s cup of tea, but Mitsubishi’s Engelberg Tourer — a crossover show vehicle whose name sounds like that of a nagged German child — is the face the resurgent brand wants to put forward.

It’s also a good hint at what we can expect from the next-generation Outlander, once Mitsu gets around to revamping its largest model.

We’ve explained the name already, so read this for background. The Engelberg Tourer has nothing to do with Teutonic angels or Karl Marx’s buddy, and a lot to do with skiing and other sexy outdoor sports. Mitsubishi says it wants this crossover to stir your curiosity.

Are you feeling stirred?

Bearing three rows of seats and wheels that look like blade attachments for a food processor, the Engelberg Tourer draws its power from a plug-in hybrid powertrain comprised of two electric motors and one 2.4-liter inline-four. The system can operate as a series hybrid, with the gasoline motor acting as a generator for the electric motors (located fore and aft). Estimated electric driving range is 43 miles.

Sexy off-road adventures are made possible by the twin-motor setup’s full-time four-wheel drive capability, aided by Mitsu’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, which applies braking force at various corners to keep things from getting too hairy.

You can also stash your gear in that roof box. It opens via a switch, not a latch.

Mitsubishi used the Engelberg Tourer’s appearance at the Geneva Auto Show to talk up the Dendo Drive House, which is not a socialist podcast popular with East Coast Millennials. DDH for short, the system is a complete package for green drivers, encompassing the vehicle itself, a bi-directional charger, solar panels, and home battery designed for home use. The idea is to be able to charge your Mitsubishi PHEV or EV from home using just the sun.

While this could prove useful for preppers, the automaker plans to offer it (initially, at least) only in Europe and Japan. Bummer.

As for the vehicle this show car could become, Mitsubishi’s product timeline isn’t all that clear. Automotive News claims an Outlander redesign may come for the 2020 model year. If that’s the case, expect to see a variation of this vehicle’s face, plus its boxy proportions and sharply raked rear glass, in the showroom before too long.

[Images: Mitsubishi Motors]

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Mar 06, 2019

    Let it be noted that design staffs have taken a severe dislike to the traditional dogleg. RIP, dogleg. B-pillar blackout has overtaken the A-pillar. Headlights have split into two factions, with the upper set relentlessly inching toward the A-pillar (see esp. the first picture). One wonders if the coming collision between light and darkness will result in matter/antimatter-style annihilation.

  • HotPotato HotPotato on Mar 07, 2019

    By gum, it's an Outlander PHEV, only this time with a useful amount of electric range, a less overstressed generator, and fashionably Kia Telluride / Lego Brick styling. Shoot howdy, I'd certainly be open to leasing one. (Tho that flat tall front has got to be murder on highway efficiency.)

  • Bobbysirhan I'm surprised by the particular Porsches to make the list, and also by the Cadillac. Most of all, I'm shocked that the 2-door Mini Cooper is on here. I didn't even know they still made them, let alone that anyone was still buying them.
  • Ajla I assume the CT5 is on the list due to the Blackwing variant.It would be interesting to take the incentives that existed in October 2019 and include that in an analysis like this as well. The thing about the used market is that while you'll pay less in total dollars, in some cases the percentage increase from 2019 is even worse than with new cars. Buying a Saturn Relay for $6k isn't exactly a winning move.
  • VoGhost Reminder: dealers exist to line the pockets of millionaires who contribute to local politicians.
  • Cprescott The pandemic changed the sales game. No longer do dealerships need inventory. After two years people are accustomed to having to order what they want and then extorted on the price by the dealer for that privilege. Now used cars with 75k are selling for $5k more than I paid for my 21k, 2016 model back in January 2019. I pray my car won't get totaled and I have but 13 payments left to make on it. I may never buy another car again.
  • Grein002 I hope you meant "take the Ranger out behind the *barn*" rather than "bar". I think something completely different happens "behind the bar".