The Mitsubishi Engelberg is here. The tourer is named after a Swiss ski resort, the road to which is said to consist of off-piste routes and backcountry roads. In a time when SUVs have become city cars, Mitsubishi wants you to get muddy.More than a concept that could be commissioned for production in the near future, the Engelberg’s main purpose is to preview a new four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid powertrain that would succeed the current Outlander PHEV system.

The electric system on the Engelberg will replace Outlander's ageing PHEV system.

Mitsubishi has married a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 20kWh battery pack that is sandwiched under the floor. This feeds power to two electric motors at each axle and gives the four-wheel-drive SUV a claimed EV range of 70km on the newly-established WLTP cycle.

Underlying the Engelberg is the same chassis tech inspired by Lancer Evolution hot saloons, including an active yaw control system and advanced torque-split function that ensures stability in all conditions. We have been told that the same tech will transfer to future Mitsubishi models.

The Dendo Drive House system lets one charge their EVs or PHEVs using solar panels.

In addition to the Engelberg, Mitsubishi has also previewed a home charging system called the Dendo Drive House (DDH). With the help of a bi-directional charger, solar panels and a battery, the system is designed to be a part of your home and allow your EV or PHEV to be charged via solar panels.

The long-struggling Japanese brand has come up with a slew of new concepts and prototypes in the past that sadly never made it to production. The Outlander PHEV returned handsome sales for the Japanese manufacturer. The move to replace it with the aforementioned system reflects Mitsubishi’s confidence in its potential. And only time will tell if the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept will deliver on what its note promises.