The automaker wants to maintain the momentum it generated last year.
Mitsubishi is on a steady upward trajectory and this was underlined earlier this week by a better performance on the sales charts in 2021, at least in the US market. Outside of North America, the company is forging ahead with new products like the Airtrek all-electric SUV which was revealed last year with a range of over 300 miles.
Well, there's more to come at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon where Mitsubishi is set to reveal seven unique models. The lineup includes two concept cars and five custom models based on several production models sold in Japan. At least two of them could do well if they made it to America.
The five non-concept models are the Outlander Ralliart Style, Eclipse Cross Ralliart Style, Delica D:5 Tough x Tough, Outlander Wild Adventure Style, and Minicab-MiEV B-Leisure Style. These models will be shown alongside the Vision Ralliart Concept and the K-EV concept X Style.
With Ralliart accessories, both the Outlander Ralliart Style and Eclipse Cross Ralliart Style look a lot sportier than the standard models they're based on. The White Diamond exterior contrasts nicely with red front, side, and rear garnishes, along with a red-accented liftgate spoiler. Completing the look are black-painted alloy wheels, side decals, and Ralliart logos.
The Outlander Wild Adventure Style is equipped for outdoor adventures with its roof carrier, trailer hitch, and camping gear from Japanese outdoor brand Ogawa. It's finished in Black Diamond paint and is embellished with a rear spoiler and front, side, and rear garnishes.
With its much more upright, van-like dimensions, the Delica D:5 Tough x Tough also gets numerous Ralliart accessories. Smatterings of red contrast with the Black Mica body, and it is given a suspension lift, all-terrain tires, modified shock absorbers, and bumper guards for better off-roading capability. This three-row vehicle is perfect for camping with its roof carrier and rooftop tent.
The last of the non-concept custom cars is the Minicab-MiEV B-Leisure Style. This quirky kei car will never be caught dead on busy American highways, but it makes sense within its domestic market.
Aimed at the commercial sector, the Minicab-MiEV's two-tone body is finished in a rugged combination of Moss Green with an Ivory roof. The drive battery can power everything from electric kettles to laptops, and together with the cabin's table and chair, is perfect for remote working. It also gets a camping table, car awning, and folding cot.
The only other kei car on display is the K-EV concept X Style, an all-electric city slicker with SUV-like styling. It's finished in matte blue with a copper roof and promises powerful acceleration and advanced driver-assistance systems.
While the miniature kei cars won't be seen stateside, we'd love to see the Outlander and Eclipse offered here with Ralliart accessories. After all, we've seen many automakers introduce off-road-focused versions of popular SUVs recently, such as Honda with its Passport TrailSport. Moving into this space could be a smart move for Mitsubishi in the North American market.