2022 Airtrek is Mitsubishi's first EV after a long time
A few months back, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation gave us a sneak peek at one of their upcoming EV crossovers – the Airtrek. It would be a joint development with Guangzhou Automobile Group, better known as GAC Motor. So far, we've only seen the vehicle in teaser images and covered in camouflage. With that, we still don't have a proper idea of the EV crossover's exterior design.
It seems Mitsubishi has now given the Airtrek an early preview over in China. While they are still renderings, the images give us a better idea of the EV crossover's design. Better yet, we get to see the Airtrek's interior for the first time.
Like every new Mitsubishi model, the Airtrek adopts the brand's signature design cues. There's the Dynamic shield grille flanked by high-mount headlamps. This being an EV, the grille is closed off along with the rest of the bumper. The only intake can be located in the lower half of the bumper.
At the rear, the Airtrek takes on a minimalist design. Apart from the Y-shaped taillights that wrap around the fenders, the tailgate and bumper design looks simple and neat. There are no futuristic or over-the-top styling cues here.
Inside, there's a simple cabin with a large floating infotainment screen front and center. It also does away with the traditional gear selector, replaced by a dial in the center console. Expect to see a digital instrument cluster situated in front of the driver paired with a multi-function steering wheel.
Mitsubishi has yet to reveal the power and specs of the Airtrek. With that, we will have to wait for future announcements to know more. However, Chinese media says the Airtrek's sister car from GAC – the Aion V – could give us an idea. The GAC EV is fitted with an electric motor that produces 135kW (184 PS) and 350 Nm torque. Depending on the battery, the range is around 500 to 600 kilometers.
Will we ever see the Airtrek in the Philippines? It's possible. The Japanese marque does plan to sell more EVs and electric-assisted vehicles in the future. Considering Mitsubishi's strong presence in the ASEAN market, its arrival might not be too far-fetched.