Performance-oriented take on Outlander heads manufacturer’s Tokyo Auto Salon stage.
Mitsubishi has revived its Ralliart performance nameplate for a performance-focused SUV concept, which will be one of seven models on show at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon.
The muscular Vision Ralliart – based on the second-generation Outlander – is one of two brand-new concept cars to be revealed. It hints at how Mitsubishi will mark out performance-inspired Ralliart models from standard cars, with its bulky front and rear bumpers, domineering front grille and large rear diffuser, which the company says is “reminiscent of a race car”.
The Vision Ralliart will be painted in matt black with a subtle blue undertone that can be seen when hit by light.
Mitsubishi claims the model upholds the famed Ralliart performance legacy, with hardware upgrades extending to its widened stance, 22-inch wheels and large brake discs with opposed-piston six-pot calipers. There is no indication that the standard car’s plug-in hybrid powertrain has been significantly reworked.
The Japanese car maker has previously hinted at plans to revive the Ralliart name for a factory-backed motorsport effort, but has yet to confirm in which discipline it could race.
Ralliart has a rich history of motorsport, competing in a multitude of disciplines but most famously winning the four World Rally Championships with Tommi Makinen at the wheel of various generations of the Lancer Evolution. As Mitsubishi looks to return to racing, fans will probably be hoping for more motorsport influence in the Ralliart-badged cars.
“The Vision Ralliart Concept embodies Mitsubishi Motors’ vision for the new Ralliart and brings together the company’s engineering and passion for Monozukuri challenges (craftsmanship),” the company said.
“Styling is given a premium look with impressive presence on the road, and the comfortable ride with peace of mind in various weather and road conditions – characteristic of Mitsubishi vehicles – is further refined.”