- the mitsubishi vision ralliart concept, based on the outlander, is headed to the 2022 tokyo auto salon.
- the concept follows the announcement last year that mitsubishi is reviving is performance subbrand.
- the vision ralliart gains wider wheel arches, bigger brakes, and a menacing blacked-out look.
last year mitsubishi announced the return of the ralliart performance subbrand. the sporty moniker, which adorned the galant and lancer in the 2000s, has laid dormant in the u.s. since 2014. the first glimpse of the ralliart revival came late last year when mitsubishi unveiled ralliart versions of the triton pickup and pajero sport suv for the thai market. while these were simply appearance packages that added garish red and black stickers, ahead of the 2022 tokyo auto salon mitsubishi has revealed the vision ralliart concept, which hints at a more serious ralliart resurrection.
the vision ralliart concept is based on the outlander suv which, unlike the triton and pajero sport, is sold in the u.s. the concept features aggressive styling, with beefy wheel arches, a large rear diffuser, and 22-inch wheels. mitsubishi didn’t reveal what is under the hood, but the fact that the upper grille appears to be blocked off hints that it could be the plug-in-hybrid powertrain coming for 2023. mitsubishi does mention “the powerful torque of the motors,” implying a hybrid setup. mitsubishi did specify that the concept has larger brake discs and upgraded calipers.
mitsubishi is also bringing six other vehicles to the 2022 tokyo auto salon, although none is destined for the american market. there is a puny electric kei-car concept called the k-ev concept x style as well as the minicab-miev b-leisure style, a tiny electric van outfitted for camping. mitsubishi also debuted ralliart style appearance packages for the outlander and eclipse cross. there are also off-road versions of the outlander and delica, called the wild adventure style and d:5 tough x tough. while these six creations will remain forbidden fruit, the vision ralliart concept could preview a u.s.-bound sporty suv. hopefully the production version will feature true performance upgrades instead of just flashy visuals.