Fully electric Mitsubishi Airtrek previewed in China

Two months ago in April, Mitsubishi revealed images of the all-new, fully-electric Airtrek but they didn’t tell much aside from how the front and back looks like.

They’ve now given a clearer picture (literally) of how the whole exterior would look like. The images were found on Reddit, in what seems like leaked pictures from a recent Mitsubishi-related conference in China.

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The Airtrek EV will be jointly developed with Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) in China, under GAC Mitsubishi Motors. The China-only Airtrek EV is said to be based on the Chinese company’s existing EV crossover, the Aion V.

“The all-new Airtrek is based on the concept of an “e-cruising SUV” founded on three keywords; “Electric, Expanding (expanding life’s pleasures with a car) and Expressive (expressing the uniqueness of Mitsubishi).”

Starting with the exterior, it’s easy to spot Mitsubishi’s signature design language, with the Dynamic Shield face plastered over the entire front of the Airtrek. The front looks to be mostly covered – typical of an EV – for better airflow and aerodynamics.

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The Airtrek may be based on GAC’s electric crossover but it’s hard to ignore the influence of the Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance in the exterior design. Look closely and you’d realise how much the headlamps resemble the new Nissan Pathfinder, Rouge and even X-Trail.

The individual headlamp projectors are also reminiscent of Toyota and Lexus vehicles such as the NX and RX, and the facelift Vios and Yaris. The same can’t be said about the tail lights; Mitsubishi completely went the other way with – compared to Nissan’s.

Unlike the first couple of images, we even get to see the interior now.

A few areas stood out to us including the fully digital instrument cluster, the huge infotainment display (likely 10-inch and above) and the plush seat design. The centre console with a floating effect, and storage below, is a nice touch too!

Visibility and cabin ambience should be great with quarter panels by the A-pillar to see out of and plenty of natural light from the panoramic roof respectively.

As for performance, nothing has been revealed although it shouldn’t be too different from the Aion V. The Aion V is powered by a single electric motor, driving the front wheels with 184 hp and 350 Nm.

That’s more power than your standard G20 BMW 320i. Electric range is rated between 400 km to 600 km depending on the variants.

“Designed exclusively for the Chinese market, the all-new AIRTREK will be launched by the end of this year as the fourth model of Mitsubishi’s lineup in China,” Mitsubishi said.

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Source: Reddit


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