Mitsubishi has given two of its most popular models an off-road makeover, with the Eclipse Cross Weekend Explorer and Outlander PHEV NERV concepts to debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon next month.
The Eclipse Cross Weekend Explorer, for example, gets a tougher look – including new roof rails – but also gets an under-the-skin overhaul designed to give it more off-road readiness.
New air suspension (from Air Force Suspension Japan) gives the driver the option of raising or lowering the ride height via a smartphone app or an in-car remote control, while new all-terrain tyres (Toyo Tires Open Country) ensure you can really put the new suspension to work. Engine and gearbox options are unchanged, making the Eclipse Cross a particularly close-to-reality concpet.
The Outlander PHEV likely isn’t the first vehicle that springs to mind when you think of off-road capability, but Mitsubishi hopes to change that with the NERV concept. It too gets Toyo all-terrain tyres, but the idea for this concept is to venture into disaster areas where it can use its hybrid powertrain as a temporary power source. On top is a satellite antenna that also provides a go-anywhere internet link, too.
They’re concepts for now, sure. But the Eclipse Cross especially could easily be put into production, given the changes are largely limited to available modifications.
Article Source: Cars Guide MagazineDecember 30, 2019 9:01 am