The pressure on Mitsubishi to release new-age EVs in China is mounting, and the company has found the GAC Aion V as an effective base to address the need. The company has introduced a reskinned version of the Chinese electric SUV called Mitsubishi Airtrek, a model which would compete with compact SUVs the VW ID.4 X and ID.4 Crozz in the local market.
Every bit of the Airtrek at the front is truly Mitsubishi. It wears the latest iteration of the brand’s Dynamic Shield front design concept. The X-shaped mammoth grille, the beefy-looking, high-mounted, split headlamps, and the high, flattish hood give it the familiar masculine style we have seen on ICE models like the Mitsubishi Triton and Pajero Sport. However, the grille in this case is a closed panel, and the headlamps have a higher level of sophistication.
On the sides, the beltline remains straight almost till the end, and the roofline is also simple, giving the Airtrek a tough SUV design. Flush door handles compliment the smooth surfacing on the door panels, although chunky mirrors and fender flares remind again it’s a classically styled Mitsubishi SUV. At the rear, the Airtrek sports T-shaped horizontal rear lights. The back glass is quite raked, but the tailgate doesn’t look as unconventional as the Eclipse Cross. The matte metallic finish on the lower bumper accentuates the rugged yet bold design of the compact SUV. On the top, flush-fitting roof bars and a shark fin antenna add to the style.
The minimalist interior looks a lot modern than global Mitusbishi models, with the exception of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, because that’s where the theme comes from. It has a similar horizontal dashboard in a sleek build, along with slim air vents. The bridge-type center console mimics the styling of luxury cars and houses a rotary gear selector, a park button, the electric parking brake, and what looks like a compact storage space. The layout of the instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system isn’t a replica of the donor model, but the positioning of the center console is.
A large rectangular floating touchscreen panel is attached to the dashboard. In front of the steering wheel with shiny switches is a fully digital instrument cluster, which should offer customizable layouts like in the 2022 Outlander. The extensive usage of the cream color emphasizes the understated theme of the interior and makes it look richer. As per Chinese reports, the Airtrek features the AdiGO 2.5 driving assistant system and a large sunroof. There’s also speak of a flat floor for rear-seat passengers, and spy shots have revealed 60:40 split rear seats.
The Mitsubishi Airtrek’s specs should be similar to the GAC Aion V. The latter measures 4,586 mm (160.6 in.) in length, 1,920 mm (75.6 in.) in width, and 1,728 mm (68.0 in.) in height, and it has a 2,830 mm (111.4 in.) wheelbase. It employs an electric motor that generates 135 kW (181 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.) of torque. Two battery pack options are available, a 70 kWh unit that gives a range of 500 km (311 miles) and an 80 kWh unit that provides a range of 600 km (373 miles) in the NEDC measurement.
GAC-Mitsubishi could launch the Airtrek in China towards the end of the year, and that’s when will the final specifications would be published. There appears to be no sales plan for the Airtrek outside the Chinese market.
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