The brand new Mitsubishi Airtrek has been formally launched in China at this 12 months’s Auto Guangzhou, just a few months after the SUV was revealed back in July. Constructed by GAC Mitsubishi Motors (GMMC), which is a three way partnership between Mitsubishi and Guangzhou Car Group (GAC), the Airtrek will reportedly on sale in spring subsequent 12 months, with costs ranging between 210,000 and 240,000 yuan (RM137,665 and RM157,332).
Whereas the nameplate would possibly invoke nostalgia, the reborn Airtrek could be very totally different from what the Outlander-associated mannequin you keep in mind from the 2000s. For starters, it’s now an electrical car outfitted a front-mounted motor rated at 224 PS (221 hp or 165 kW) and 350 Nm of torque.
The e-motor attracts energy from a 70-kWh, 350-volt ternary lithium battery that gives a variety of 520 km primarily based on the CLTC cycle. Charging particulars are restricted, however based on GMMC, the Airtrek takes 43 minutes to get from a 30-80% state of cost with DC charging – the product web page additionally lists AC charging of as much as 6.6 kW and 11 kW.
By way of dimensions, the Airtrek measures 4,630 mm lengthy, 1,920 mm large, 1,728 mm tall and the wheelbase spans 2,830 mm. These figures, together with these of the electrical powertrain, are curiously much like these of the Aion V Plus, which is one other EV from GAC that was launched in China earlier in September. It was all the time reported that the Airtrek relies on the Aion mannequin, and whereas GMMC didn’t point out something of the type in its launch, the numbers do recommend this to be the case.
Additional proof of that is the Airtrek’s design, which has similarities to the V Plus, save for the precise entrance and rear ends. The Mitsubishi SUV sports activities the model’s signature Dynamic Defend face, which is joined by a dual-tier lighting setup paying homage to the Mi-Tech Idea – the daytime working lights are positioned above the L-shaped important headlamps.
The largely closed-off grille is typical of an EV, whereas the decrease consumption has a cutout for the automobile’s sensors. Alongside the edges, flush door handles are much like these of the V Plus, together with the trailing taillight trim that ends on the rear door handles, albeit in physique color.
The taillights themselves are distinctive to the Airtrek, with the two-piece, T-shaped clusters extending into the tailgate. In the meantime, the rear bumper mimics what you see on the entrance, with horizontal slats working throughout the decrease apron, with a break for the quantity plate recess.
Whereas the outside might bear some similarities to the V Plus, the Airtrek’s inside is noticeably distinctive. The horizontal strains of the dashboard create a extra up to date look and is accompanied by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster forward of the motive force, together with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment with built-in local weather controls.
The latter cuts down on the variety of buttons, with the opposite tactile controls being these on the four-spoke steering wheel in addition to the gear selector and digital parking brake swap on the raised centre console that has stowage house beneath.
Accessible gear for the Airtrek embody LED headlamps, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone local weather system with a PM2.5 air filter, powered entrance seats with heating, air flow and reminiscence perform, as much as eight audio system, a 360-degree digicam, adaptive cruise management, lane departure warning, lane maintain help, entrance collision warning with AEB, a blind spot monitor, cruise and site visitors jam help in addition to a powered liftgate.