Mitsubishi is teasing a new electric SUV concept which will debut at this year’s Geneva Auto Show.
We don’t have a lot of details here, but we do know that it’s an electric SUV concept with some sort of motorsport aspirations. Possibly even an electric rally crossover.
Here’s what we do know: it’s called the Engelberg Tourer, so named after a small village in Switzerland “with a history of sporting success.” We’re not all that clear on what sporting success Mitsu is referring to since there are no rally races there that we can find during a cursory Google search. Maybe that sporting success has more to do with skiing than cars.
The rest we can gather from the single sentence that Mitsubishi has given us: "Mitsubishi Motors is famous for carving its own niche. Soon its latest creation will be revealed, bringing more SUV, more EV, more technology and more style."
Mitsubishi also graced us with a darkened photograph of the Engelberg Tourer’s nose. What we see definitely looks like a futuristic electric crossover, with big fenders, big off-road tires, and a lightbar on the roof. It kinda looks like the E Evolution Concept, which debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show back in 2017, only with a revised front fascia.
If the cars are similar, then we might see the Engelberg receive the same powertrain as the E Evolution. That being a trio of electric motors with two powering the rear axle and one powering the front. This gives the E Evolution AWD with torque vectoring as well as something Mitsubishi calls Dual Motor Active Yaw Control (AYC), which essentially uses a set of electric brakes to vector even more torque than before.
The E Evolution came with a whole bunch of sensors and technology, including a driver-assist artificial intelligence that is said to help predict driving patterns and make piloting suggestions. It all sounded a lot like Kit from Knight Rider, but without the actual robot car talking to you.
It’s possible the Engelberg Tourer has nothing in common with the E Evolution, but we suspect it’s a more rally-focused version of the previous concept. Not that it’s a bad thing, but it does seem to show Mitsubishi is running a little low on new ideas.