Mitsubishi has arrived at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon with a host of vehicles, but nothing is more interesting than the Vision Ralliart Concept. We have fond memories of the Ralliart name on Mitsubishi models sold years ago, which gives us a glimmer of hope that a return to the sub-brand could once again give us Mitsubishi to be excited about. This initial Ralliart returns in concept form and in the form of the new Outlander.
Mitsubishi is using the Outlander PHEV as the basis for this concept, but it seems that nothing has been done to the powertrain to make it more powerful than the standard car. However, Mitsuo has come to another place. The Ralliart Concept gets large brake rotors and six-piston brake calipers for increased stopping power. It also features suspension changes. Mitsubishi doesn’t say exactly what it changed after specifying that the ride comfort was “further improved,” though. Finally, Mitsubishi fitted 22-inch wheels with larger tires to enhance cornering.
In terms of looks, the Vision Ralliart Concept gets unique front and rear bumpers, wider fenders front and rear, a new front grille and a large rear diffuser. Mitsubishi says this vehicle “embodies Mitsubishi Motors’ vision for the new Ralliart and combines company engineering with its passion for the challenges of Monozukuri (craftsmanship).”
How all of the above translates to the Outlander Ralliart’s production model is yet to be determined, and it’s not yet clear if we’ll see something like this in the States.
Beyond this concept, we also take a look at the Outlander Ralliart Style and the Eclipse Cross Ralliart Style. Both cars are filled with decals/red, white and black accents to give them the Ralliart look we were expecting. However, the packages are limited to appearance changes only. Once again, Mitsubishi gives no indication of what the end game might be with these vehicles.
On the off-road side, there’s the PHEV-based Outlander Wild Adventure style. This model adopts a suite of Mitsubishi accessories that make it a better way to head out into the wilderness. It has elements like all-terrain tires, bumpers, mudguards, roof rack, trailer hitch and additional trims throughout to give it a sporty/outdoor look.
If kei cars are more your style, Mitsubishi also revealed the K-EV Concept X Style in Tokyo. A new generation of kei electric cars is supposed to be previewed in Japan. Mitsubishi is light on the details, but specifies that this particular kei is meant to be like an SUV. It features a high ride height, X-shaped emblems, and a custom copper roof that reminds the electric car’s engine roll.
The last two are the Delica D: 5 Tough x Tough and the Minicab MiEV B-Leisure Style. Mitsubishi has supplied Delica with a range of aftermarket and Ralliart parts for better off-road performance. It even has a roof rack and a rooftop tent to make sure you have a place to sleep once you get where you’re going.
For the Minicab, the kei is supposed to be an electric commercial vehicle that can also be used as a personal vehicle. It has a “MiEV Power Box” that can use power from the drive battery to power electronics on the job site, but don’t expect ProPower Onboard power here. Mitsubishi says you can connect an electric kettle, coffee maker and a laptop, making it only suitable for light work. And for personal use, it is equipped with a car canopy, a camping table and a foldable baby cot that can be used while traveling.