At the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show, Mitsubishi will be bringing the e-Yi Concept SUV. Looks familiar doesn’t it? That’s because the e-Yi Concept is basically the Engelberg Tourer but with a different name. The Japanese automaker did not state why the name was changed, but it is likely that the name change was done in order to make it sound more appealing to the Chinese market where it would be making its premiere.
Aside from the name, nothing else has changed compared to the concept revealed at Geneva earlier this year. Noticeably, however, the e-Yi concept does appear to wear a dark shade of gray compared to the Engelberg Tourer which was in white.
Styling wise, it still features the new interpretation of Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design up front combined with a two-tier headlight setup. It also comes with a roof-mounted pod which is equipped with LED lights. It’s the same story at the rear with slim, wraparound LED taillights and bumper with a large trim piece. Unsurprisingly, the plate frame now says e-Yi Concept instead of Engelberg Tourer.
Interestingly, no interior photos were provided this time around. However, expect the interior of the Engelberg Tourer to be simply carried over to the e-Yi Concept considering they are both the same vehicle but with a different name.
Powering the e-Yi concept is the same plug-in hybrid powertrain found in the Engelberg Tourer. Mitsubishi says it has a ‘twin-motor four-wheel drive’ system with a 2.4-liter gasoline engine which serves as a power source/generator for the electric system. The concept has an EV cruising range of 70 km based on the WLTP cycle. But with a full tank and a battery fully charged, the automaker claims that it has over 700 km of range.
As mentioned earlier, the e-Yi features a four-wheel drive system which uses two electric motors for each axle. Same as the Engelberg Tourer, Mitsubishi did not disclose performance figures. They did say, however, that it uses the latest four-wheel drive technologies available, some of which were derived from the legendary Lancer Evolution.
Mitsubishi will be displaying the e-Yi Concept alongside five other models consisting of the Eclipse Cross, Outlander, Pajero, ASX and Euphreme EV and PHEV at the Shanghai Auto Show.