The Mitsubishi Vision Ralliart Concept Is Not The Evo Revival We Hoped For

Oh come on! Don’t we have enough crossovers already?

Prepare to be disappointed yet again with Mitsubishi’s latest concept car which will make its public debut at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon. Just a few weeks after teasing its upcoming high-performance future Ralliart vehicle, the Japanese automaker has pulled the wraps off yet another future crossover SUV concept.

It’s called the Mitsubishi Vision Ralliart Concept, and while it sounds like it’s a return to form for Mitsubishi’s motorsports division, that is seriously not the case. What you’re looking at is just another boring crossover that’s wearing a set of body kits and flared wheel arches and not a modern-day take on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution that everyone was hoping for.

The Mitsubishi Vision Ralliart Concept Is Not The Evo Revival We Hoped For
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The Mitsubishi Vision Ralliart Concept is most likely based on the Japanese market Outlander PHEV, and it comes with a more powerful electrified powertrain, or so they claim.

From its design, it basically looks like the Japanese market Outlander PHEV on steroids, and that’s probably what this concept is. The front end comes with a larger grille with radiator shutters, a large lower air intake, and a more aggressive front chin. Inside those flared wheel arches are large 22-inch wheels, while the rear end is finished off with an aggressive diffuser and beefier bumpers.

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Mitsubishi says that the Vision Ralliart Concept is equipped with six-piston calipers to complement the larger brakes, a new all-wheel drive (AWD) system with 4-wheel control, enhanced battery capacity, and more powerful electric motors.

Unfortunately, Mitsubishi did not announce just how much more powerful the Vision Ralliart Concept is over the Outlander PHEV. For perspective, the newly-unveiled model has a bigger 20 kWh battery pack that offers a longer electric range of 54 miles.

The Outlander PHEV’s powertrain consists of a 4B12 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine from the previous generation model, but now updated to produce 131 horsepower and 143 pound-feet of torque. The electric motors, meanwhile, now produce 85 horsepower and 100 horsepower at the front and rear, respectively. Mitsubishi does not provide a total system output for its PHEVs.

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No interior photos of the concept car were provided, but try to imagine the Outlander’s interior with bucket seats and carbon fiber parts and you’re probably on point.

No interior shots of the Mitsubishi Vision Ralliart Concept were provided. There’s probably no need to since after all, this is just an Outlander with a more aggressive exterior. Just imagine the current Outlander’s interior with racing bucket seats, a roll cage, and a plethora of carbon fiber parts, and you’re probably on point on how it looks like.

Maybe I’m being a bit too harsh towards the Mitsubishi Vision Ralliart Concept. After all, SUVs and crossovers are what’s all the rage these days. Having a high-performance crossover could actually bring back that excitement to the Mitsubishi brand once again, and at a body style that the general public actually buys.

We certainly hope a high-performance Mitsubishi gets released soon because for now, this concept will be used to gauge consumer reaction and therefore influence the future development of its vehicles. Just a few months ago, Ralliart was revived in a disappointing fashion in Southeast Asia when Mitsubishi unveiled a set of stickers and body kits for the Pajero Sport and Triton.

Isaac Atienza
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