After bringing back the Eclipse nameplate, Mitsubishi has done it again, this time with the revival of the Airtrek. The company launched the new mid-sized fully-electric SUV at the ongoing Auto Guangzhou 2021 in China, after teasing the model in June.
The new Mitsubishi Airtrek joins the tiny line-up of just four other models in China comprising only SUVs. Back in 2012, Mitsubishi Motors Corp and GAC Group formed a joint venture to create the GAC Mitsubishi Motors Corp (GMMC), offering the ASX, Eclipse Cross, Outlander and Pajero Sport models.
The launch of GMMC’s first all-new model also showcased the new design language of Mitsubishi, with a very expressive dynamic shield design incorporating the T-shaped headlamp and taillamp cluster design, as seen on the recently introduced facelifted Xpander. The new Mitsubishi Airtrek also gets electric pop-out door handles.
Inside, the Airtrek sees a horizontally-themed instrument panel that offers a broad field of vision. To create a high-class feel, soft padding is introduced on touchpoints and stitches are used in every detail. With its long wheelbase and broad overall width, the Airtrek also offers spacious interior room for the whole family to ride in comfort.
Thanks to a well-sized 70 kWh battery pack that is placed beneath the floor, the Airtrek has a driving range of up to 520 km based on local test cycles.
The company did not divulge the details of the powertrain, but local auto news portals suspect a front-mounted drive unit with 184 hp and 350 Nm outputs inherited from the Aion V, a product from GAC Group. Mitsubishi promises the Airtrek will excite drivers with nimble handling and smooth acceleration from the electric platform.
The new Mitsubishi Airtrek will be available for sale in China from spring 2022, with a price tag starting from CNY210,000 (approx. RM137k), surpassing the ageing Outlander.