With pumped-up, Eclipse Cross-style looks, the all-new Airtrek EV is the first full electric vehicle for the Mitsubishi brand
In a joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group, Mitsubishi has premiered its first all-electric model, bringing back the Airtrek name that debuted on the original Outlander in 2001 for the Japanese domestic market.
The mid-size Airtrek SUV will be a Chinese-exclusive model and won’t come to Australia, despite the overwhelming popularity of SUVs in this market.
While information on the new Airtrek is minimal, Mitsubishi has announced that the car will receive a large 70kWh battery and have an estimated driving range of 520km according to the Chinese CLTC cycle.
Information on the drivetrain and electric motors is unconfirmed at this time, however it is likely to be a front- or all-wheel drive system with around 135kW of power.
The batteries have been installed as low as possible in the centre of the floor to create a low centre of gravity while achieving an ideal 50:50 front-rear weight distribution.
Styling influences have clearly come from other models in the Mitsubishi line-up, including a ‘Dynamic Shield’ front end which reminds us of the Eclipse Cross, while the rear has Outlander-inspired tail-lights and a hexagon tailgate motif.
According to local Chinese media, the Airtrek measures 4630mm long, 1920mm wide and 1728mm tall, making it slightly bigger than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and smaller than the Outlander.
Inside the Airtrek EV, the most obvious highlight is a 12.3-inch Tesla-like screen that controls everything from navigation and music to climate control. A fully digital instrument cluster is also set to feature.
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