Mitsubishi teases return of Ralliart with Outlander plug-in hybrid idea


Mitsubishi has an idea for a possible future for Ralliart, virtually one 12 months after the automaker mentioned it was reviving the as soon as common motorsport and efficiency division.

Mitsubishi on Tuesday unveiled a Ralliart idea primarily based on the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid crossover, which might be proven on the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon later this week.

The Imaginative and prescient Ralliart idea provides sportier styling components to the Outlander, together with new entrance and rear bumpers, wider over fenders, a big rear diffuser, and a principally blanked-off grille with a hexagon sample. The idea rides on 22-inch wheels, and Mitsubishi additionally gave it bigger brakes with 6-piston calipers.

Mitsubishi did not point out any powertrain upgrades, nonetheless. The automaker hasn’t revealed full specs for the usual Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, which is anticipated to achieve the U.S. as a 2023 mannequin, however has confirmed a bigger battery pack and extra highly effective electrical motors than in its predecessor.

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Ralliart Style concept

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Ralliart Fashion idea

 

Mitsubishi may even present Ralliart Fashion variations of the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid and Eclipse Cross in Tokyo. These ideas additionally persist with beauty upgrades, together with black wheels, rear spoilers, mud flaps, decals, and crimson trim.

Established within the Eighties, Ralliart was accountable for varied motorsport packages together with profitable entries within the Dakar Rally and World Rally Championship. There have been additionally Ralliart-branded automobiles, such because the Lancer Ralliart.

Ralliart went dormant in 2010 as a part of the fallout of the worldwide monetary disaster, and was lastly revived by the automaker in Might 2021. Mitsubishi CEO Takao Kato mentioned on the time to look ahead to new efficiency equipment and a return to motorsports.

The Tokyo Auto Salon runs Jan. 14-16. Mitsubishi may even use the occasion to unveil two electrical kei automobile ideas, primarily based on the Minicab-MiEV van and the Ok-EV hatchback, in addition to a safari-style Delica van idea.

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