Revealed ahead of the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Vision Ralliart is based on the Outlander SUV and previews the future of the performance subbrand.
- 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.
The Ralliart performance subbrand was revived by Mitsubishi last year. In the United States, the sporty moniker that adorned the Galant and Lancer in the 2000s has been dormant since 2014. Late last year, Mitsubishi unveiled Ralliart versions of the Triton pickup and Pajero Sport SUV for the Thai market, marking the start of the Ralliart revival. While these were just appearance packages with gaudy red and black stickers, Mitsubishi has revealed the Vision Ralliart concept ahead of the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon, hinting at a more serious Ralliart revival.
The Outlander SUV, unlike the Triton and Pajero Sport, is sold in the United States, and the Vision Ralliart concept is based on it. With beefy wheel arches, a large rear diffuser, and 22-inch wheels, the concept is aggressively styled. Mitsubishi didn’t say what’s under the hood, but the fact that the upper grille appears to be blocked off suggests it’s the plug-in hybrid powertrain set to arrive in 2023. “The powerful torque of the motors,” Mitsubishi says, implying a hybrid system. The concept does have larger brake discs and upgraded callipers, according to Mitsubishi.
Mitsubishi will also exhibit six more cars at the Tokyo Auto Salon in 2022, none of which will be sold in the United States. The K-EV concept X Style is a tiny electric kei-car concept, as is the Minicab-MiEV B-Leisure Style, a compact electric van prepared for camping. Ralliart Style appearance upgrades for the Outlander and Eclipse Cross were also unveiled by Mitsubishi. The Wild Adventure Style and D:5 Tough x Tough are off-road variants of the Outlander and Delica, respectively. While these six innovations will remain forbidden fruit, the Vision Ralliart concept might be a precursor to a sporty SUV that will be sold in the United States. Hopefully, instead of merely dazzling looks, the production version will provide actual performance improvements.