New Mitsubishi Airtrek has repeated the “Chinese” Aion V – DRIVE

The premiere of Airtrack at the Auto Chongqing Summit (June 12–20) cannot be called full: the participants saw the car only in the form of slides on the screen, and instead of characteristics they heard praise.

Battery SUV Mitsubishi Airtrek debuted at the Chongqing Automotive Forum without useful information. However, it is clear that this is a converted compact Aion V from company GAC NO… The GAC Mitsubishi Motors (GMMC) joint venture only changed the design of the bow, stern and interior. Chinese media report that the power plant still produces 135 kW (184 hp, 350 N • m), and the cruising range remains at 500 km (NEDC).

“Official spy photos” show that the proprietary Dynamic Shield front end is simply “sewn” to the body of the Aion V. The front grille, bumper and LED lighting technology can be considered new. The glazing profile, doorways, side embossings and mirrors are the same.

Aion V is built on the GEP 2.0 (GAC Electric Platform) platform. Dimensions: 4586 × 1920 × 1728 mm, between the axes 2830. The model entered the PRC market in July 2020 and now asks for 177,600-186,800 yuan (1.9-2.09 million rubles). For the six months of 2020, 10,709-11,173 units were sold, for the four of 2021 – 4062.

The lanterns at Airtrack are new, but they also “go” on the rear doors (camouflage is trying to hide it). The tailgate and rear bumper are designed by Mitsubishi. The ground clearance is unlikely to exceed 160 mm. Tire sizes V: 235/55 R19, 255/45 R20.

It’s a little strange that Mitsubishi cloned the GAC, not the model alliance, eg Renault MeganE or Nissan Ariya (scheme established). Apparently, it was easier, faster and cheaper to negotiate with Gak. By the way, the fact that Airtrek was developed “exclusively for the Chinese market” was said in an English-language press release, so there is a chance that the electric car will be launched in other countries. Airtrack sales in China will definitely start before the end of the year.

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Inside of Aion, there was a “floating” center console with a washer selector. The door cards and the front panel have been remade by Mitsubishi for themselves, so the multi-wheel is three-spoke, not two-spoke, the digital tidy is separated from the touchscreen, there is no “piano” keyboard.

After a fleeting presentation in Chongqing, you can appreciate the Airtrek without camouflage, nothing more. All the above data have been confirmed so far. Much more attention was paid to the Outlander at the show. Instead of a new Outlander Chinese invited updated at prices ranging from 159,800 to 225,800 yuan (1.79-2.53 million rubles). Warm up interest in the outgoing third generation the extravagant Outlander Space Travel Edition concept is called for.

For some reason, the show car has only two doors, like a coupe, and the rest are caulked. The bow and stern are decorated with black gloss. Wheel arch linings are not in body color. The lighting technology is complemented by diamond-shaped lights in the front bumper and a “chandelier” on the roof.

Local media suspect the concept is electric, as the grille and exhaust system are not visible. However, Space Travel is more like a quick-and-dirty ad layout. The demand for Outlander in China has been declining for the third year in a row: 57,096 units (-27,864) were sold in 2020, and 18,909 in five months of 2021.


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