TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) today made the global debut of the MITSUBISHI
ENGELBERG TOURER next-generation crossover SUV concept at the 89th
Geneva International Motor Show*1. Embodying the “Drive your
Ambition” corporate tagline, the MITSUBISHI ENGELBERG TOURER uses
MMC’s established and advanced electrification and all-wheel control
technologies to raise SUV appeal to a new level.
MMC also will be giving demonstrations of the DENDO DRIVE HOUSE (DDH)
System at the show. DDH is a new energy ecosystem which allows owners of
electric vehicles to generate, store and share energy automatically
between their car and home, further enhancing the value of electric
vehicles. DDH is a V2H*2 based system which will be offered
to customers at Mitsubishi dealerships when buying a battery-electric
(EV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). MMC plans to start
offering the service initially in Japan and Europe later this year.
*1…Officially, Le 89e Salon international de l’automobile Geneve 2019.
March 5 and 6 are Press Days, while the show is open to the public from
March 7 through 17. The official web site can be accessed at the
following URL: https://www.gims.swiss
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1. MITSUBISHI ENGELBERG TOURER
Engelberg is a well-known ski resort in the Central
region of Switzerland that offers grand panoramic vistas and is known
for its challenging off-piste runs that offer freestyle and freeriding
fun for skiers and snowboarders.
The MITSUBISHI ENGELBERG TOURER is a Twin Motor 4WD plug-in
hybrid EV (PHEV). As befits the ENGELBERG TOURER name, the
vehicle offers high levels of running performance that allow the driver
to enjoy driving in all weather conditions and on any road surface with
confidence. The vehicle’s driving performance, paired with the long
cruising range inherent to a PHEV, allows for journeys to places with no
charging infrastructure. The innovative interior packaging offers both
passenger capacity and ample storage space, which ensures a satisfying
drive for passengers on the way to their destination. The ENGELBERG
TOURER stirs driver and occupants’ curiosity, and sense of
adventure, as they seek to go further and take a step beyond anything
they have experienced before.
MITSUBISHI ENGELBERG TOURER, as its name suggests,
has been designed as an elegant and functional well-rounded crossover
SUV. Mitsubishi has crafted a design that offers the unique
“Mitsubishiness” the brand is known for. The bold body styling speaks to
the vehicle’s power and reliability that allows it to navigate on and
off the road with confidence. The spacious interior offers generous
cabin space, and high levels of quality and functionality. Fog lamps
fitted to an auto-open/close roof box and front/rear bumper under guards
ensure the ENGELBERG TOURER is both styled and well-equipped for
an active lifestyle.
3) Onboard technologies
The MITSUBISHI ENGELBERG TOURER takes
MMC’s Twin Motor PHEV system fostered and developed in the Outlander
PHEV and, using next-generation electrification and all-wheel
control technologies, evolves it into an even more appealing vehicle
propulsion system. The combination of the PHEV system and connected car
technologies allow the MITSUBISHI ENGELBERG TOURER to be driven
in all weather conditions and over all types of roads with greater
The MITSUBISHI ENGELBERG TOURER uses a PHEV system that befits
an innovative, next-generation crossover SUV. The large capacity drive
battery is fitted beneath the floor in the middle of the vehicle. It
uses MMC’s Twin Motor system that locates high output, high efficiency
motors at the front and rear, while providing cabin space that still
allows for three-row seating.
The engine is a 2.4L gasoline unit designed for the PHEV system. In
series hybrid mode, the engine acts as a high-output generator and
achieves a high regeneration rate, while the large displacement will
make for quiet operation and excellent fuel mileage. In addition to
the high efficiencies in the PHEV system itself, the MITSUBISHI
ENGELBERG TOURER uses detail low-consumption technologies such as
radiator grille shutters to reduce drag.
MITSUBISHI ENGELBERG TOURER has an EV cruising range of over
70km (WLTP cycle), and with a fully charged battery and full fuel
tank, it has a total cruising range of over 700km (WLTP).
MITSUBISHI ENGELBERG TOURER uses MMC’s Twin Motor full-time 4WD
system with high output, high efficiency motors driving the front and
rear axles. Utilizing know-how developed from the Lancer Evolution
series, the system uses Active Yaw Control (AYC*3) to
tailor torque split between the front wheels. These components are
matched with MMC’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle
behavior control system which delivers a dramatic improvement over
conventional AWD systems in dynamic performance. Acceleration,
cornering, stopping – by integrally controlling the braking force at
each wheel (Anti-lock Braking System, ABS) and the front and rear
motor output (Active Stability Control, ASC*4) – are all
improved, with an eye to providing driver confidence in all situations.
The Twin Motor 4WD driveline delivers outstanding front/rear torque
split response and is distinguished by the feeling of acceleration
inherent to electric-motor drive, which generates maximum torque in an
instant. Torque split control between the front wheels improves
driving performance to deliver a level of nimble and feel-good
handling unimaginable in a vehicle of this size. It also increases
stability by reducing wheel slip on unmade and snow-covered roads to
ensure that maximum drive torque is transmitted to the road surface.
*3…Using steering wheel angle, yaw rate, drive torque, brake pressure,
wheel speed and other information to accurately determine driver intent
and vehicle behavior, the system controls torque split to, and brake
force at, the front wheels so that vehicle behavior faithfully and
safely reflects driver intention.
*4…Reduces instability in vehicle behavior that results from slippery
road surfaces or sudden steering inputs.
When the driver enters a destination in the onboard navigation system,
the Connected Car System uses weather, temperature, topography,
traffic and surface condition information to select the optimum drive
mode and tailor torque split through drive battery energy management
and the S-AWC system. This allows safe and comfortable driving, as
well as optimal fuel economy.
The MITSUBISHI ENGELBERG TOURER uses its motor drive to deliver
powerful driving and excellent environmental performance. With its
point-and-go drivability and all-wheel control that delivers outstanding
stability, it enables the driver to accelerate, corner and brake safely
and surely as they follow the intended line in any driving scenario.
2. DENDO DRIVE HOUSE (DDH)
The DENDO DRIVE HOUSE (DDH) is a
packaged system comprised of an EV/PHEV, a bi-directional charger, solar
panels, and home battery that is designed for home use. This is a
one-stop-shop service to be available at MMC dealerships in select
markets around the world that will bundle the sale, installation and
after-maintenance*5 of the system components. The package
allows the customer to charge their EV/PHEV at home using
solar-generated power, and to supply electricity from their EV/PHEV to
the home. DDH offers customers savings on electricity costs and the
provision of an emergency power source.
*5…In certain countries and regions, installation and after-maintenance
will be handled by outsourced contractors.
The DDH system delivers significant cost benefits. The customer can
reduce fuel costs by using solar panels to generate power during the
day for charging EV/PHEV and domestic storage batteries. At night,
they can reduce power costs by using a bi-directional charger to
supply power from their EV/PHEV to the home.
The customer can contribute to the creation of a low-carbon society by
electricity generated by solar panels to power domestic
appliances or provide power to operate the EV/PHEV.
DDH provides an emergency power source that can supply power from the
EV/PHEV or storage battery to run appliances in the home.
DDH will be offered as an inclusive package at Mitsubishi dealerships,
making it easier for the customer to purchase all system components.
Mitsubishi Motors is working to make customer lives more affluent and
convenient through the electrification of its vehicles. When moving, the
electric vehicles respond faithfully to their driver’s intentions. When
parked, it is a partner that can be depended on. DDH is a proposal that
brings a new kind of value to the electrification of vehicles.
*Press releases and photos can be downloaded for use from the addresses
[Mitsubishi Motors Library]
press site for the Geneva Motor Show 2019]
About MITSUBISHI MOTORS
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a
global automobile company based in Tokyo, Japan, which has a competitive
edge in SUVs and pickup trucks, electric and plug-in hybrid electric
vehicles. Since the Mitsubishi group produced its first car more than a
century ago, we have demonstrated an ambitious and often disruptive
approach, developing new vehicle genres and pioneering cutting-edge
technologies. Deeply rooted in Mitsubishi Motors’ DNA, our brand
strategy will appeal to ambitious drivers, willing to challenge
conventional wisdom and ready to embrace change. Consistent with this
mindset, Mitsubishi Motors introduced its new brand strategy in 2017,
expressed in its “Drive your Ambition” tagline – a combination of
personal drive and forward attitude, and a reflection of the constant
dialogue between the brand and its customers. Today Mitsubishi Motors is
committed to continuous investment in innovative new technologies,
attractive design and product development, bringing exciting and
authentic new vehicles to customers around the world.
About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
network of approximately 355 dealer partners across the United States,
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for the
sales, research and development, marketing and customer service of
Mitsubishi Motors vehicles in the U. S. 2018 marked the brand’s sixth
consecutive year of sales growth.
Located in Cypress, Calif., MMNA is a part of the
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the largest automaker alliance in
the world. Mitsubishi continues to lead the way in the development of
highly efficient, affordably priced new gasoline-powered automobiles,
while using its industry-leading knowledge in battery-electric vehicles
to develop future EV and PHEV models.
For more information on Mitsubishi vehicles, please contact the
Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or
Senior Director, Communications and Events
Vicky Van Guyse
The Brand Amp