Mitsubishi prepares Geneva crossover introductions

Concept Engelberg Tourer sport utility speculated to be new Outlander PHEV

Published: February 23, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: March 2, 2019, 3:23 AM

Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept

Mitsubishi is planning a couple global debuts at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show, including a new SUV concept with an idyllic Swiss name.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

As previously written about, the company will unveil the latest iteration of its compact ASX/Outlander Sport/RVR crossover, but more attention is being paid to the concept Engelberg Tourer, which is an evolution of Mitsubishi’s GT-PHEV concept from 2016 and has many speculating that it’s the new/replacement Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid.

The supposed proof is in the two released teaser images, a nose and a profile view. The look is similar to the current Outlander PHEV (you could almost call it evolutionary) with the differences being thinner headlights bookending a larger mesh grille (in place of the current horizontal-slat unit) LED enhancements instead of the current brightwork, and what looks like stacked driving/fog/turn signal combination lamps pushed to the outside of the front bumper.

Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept

The windshield header is topped off with off-road driving lights, which would likely be available as an accessory, and the side mirrors look to be replaced by camera pods, which is pretty much standard fare for concepts these days.

The profile shows high-mounted spoiler, bright trimwork around the windows and a somewhat-bulky roof rack. But what’s leading to the speculation that this is the future Outlander PHEV is the access flap behind the rear wheels and below the wraparound taillights, located in the same place as the current Outlander PHEV’s charge port.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept

More information on the Engelberg Tourer concept (expect that name to not make it to production) will naturally come after its introduction in two weeks on a Geneva stage.

Mitsubishi will also be unveiling its 1-ton L200 pickup to Europe, and showing off a new service called Dendo Drive House (DDH), a system composed of solar panels, a bi-directional charger and a home storage battery to allow owners to generate, store and share energy between their car and house.