For those who’re wondering, the name Engelberg literally means the “mountain of angels”. It also happens to be a small mountain town; a ski resort to be precise, in Switzerland. As for Mitsubishi, the Engelberg Tourer is a plug-in hybrid EV concept that can do many things.
As the pictures would suggest, the Engelberg Tourer is a crossover/SUV that gets the Mitsubishi design language with a bit more aggressive lines; a bright blue LED strip outlines the C-shaped chrome applique. The radiator grille has shutters to reduce drag. It also gets auto open/close roof box with integrated LEDs; not completely sure how the auto open/close feature would work though. The wheels appear to be aerodynamically optimized too.
The Outlander PHEV forms the base for this Engelberg Tourer. There are two electric motors front and rear forming a 4WD, while a large 2.5L gasoline engine acts as a high-output generator in series hybrid mode. The battery pack sits underneath the floor. Mitsubishi claims a pure electric range of 70+ km as per WLTP, and with a fully charged battery and full fuel tank, it apparently gets a total cruising range of over 700 km (WLTP).
It also gets technologies from the Lancer Evolution series, such as the Active Yaw Control (AYC) to tailor torque split between the front wheels. In addition, the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) controls the braking force at each wheel.
More interesting part of this story is the Dendo Drive House (DDH), a packaged system comprised of an EV/PHEV, a bi-directional charger, solar panels, and a battery pack that is designed for home use. In simple words, it is an ecosystem which allows the owners of electric vehicles to generate, store and share energy automatically between their car and home. Mitsubishi plans to start offering the service initially in Japan and Europe later this year.
Mitsubishi dealerships will offer this package when buying an EV or a PHEV. Installation and after-maintenance will be handled by outsourced contractors.