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2022 Mitsubishi Airtrek EV SUV Launched in China – 520 Km Range; 224 PS and 350 Nm; Priced Fr RM138k

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The new Mitsubishi Airtrek has been officially launched in China at this year’s Auto Guangzhou, a few months after the SUV was revealed back in July. Built by GAC Mitsubishi Motors (GMMC), which is a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC), the Airtrek will reportedly on sale in spring next year, with prices ranging between 210,000 and 240,000 yuan (RM137,665 and RM157,332).

While the nameplate might invoke nostalgia, the reborn Airtrek is very different from what the Outlander-associated model you remember from the 2000s. For starters, it’s now an electric vehicle equipped a front-mounted motor rated at 224 PS (221 hp or 165 kW) and 350 Nm of torque.

The e-motor draws power from a 70-kWh, 350-volt ternary lithium battery that provides a range of 520 km based on the CLTC cycle. Charging details are limited, but according to GMMC, the Airtrek takes 43 minutes to get from a 30-80% state of charge with DC charging – the product page also lists AC charging of up to 6.6 kW and 11 kW.

In terms of dimensions, the Airtrek measures 4,630 mm long, 1,920 mm wide, 1,728 mm tall and the wheelbase spans 2,830 mm. These figures, including those of the electric powertrain, are curiously similar to those of the Aion V Plus, which is another EV from GAC that was released in China earlier in September. It was always reported that the Airtrek is based on the Aion model, and while GMMC didn’t mention anything of the sort in its release, the numbers do suggest this to be the case.

Further evidence of this is the Airtrek’s design, which is similar to the V Plus, save for the specific front and rear ends. The Mitsubishi SUV sports the brand’s signature Dynamic Shield face, which is joined by a dual-tier lighting setup reminiscent of the Mi-Tech Concept – the daytime running lights are placed above the L-shaped main headlamps.

The largely closed-off grille is typical of an EV, while the lower intake has a cutout for the car’s sensors. Along the sides, flush door handles are similar to those of the V Plus, including the trailing taillight trim that ends at the rear door handles, albeit in body colour.

The taillights themselves are unique to the Airtrek, with the two-piece, T-shaped clusters extending into the tailgate. Meanwhile, the rear bumper mimics what you see at the front, with horizontal slats running across the lower apron, with a break for the number plate recess.

While the exterior may bear some similarities to the V Plus, the Airtrek’s interior is noticeably distinctive. The horizontal lines of the dashboard create a more contemporary look and is accompanied by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster ahead of the driver, along with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment with integrated climate controls.

The latter cuts down on the number of buttons, with the other tactile controls being those on the four-spoke steering wheel as well as the gear selector and electronic parking brake switch on the raised centre console that has stowage space underneath.

Available equipment for the Airtrek include LED headlamps, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate system with a PM2.5 air filter, powered front seats with heating, ventilation and memory function, up to eight speakers, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front collision warning with AEB, a blind spot monitor, cruise and traffic jam assist as well as a powered liftgate.



































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AD: Double Your Joy With Amazing Prizes Including a BMW G310R With a New BMW From Millennium Welt!

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Congratulations, you made it to the end of the year! There has been no shortage of challenges, but you have managed to face them, and now is the time that you reward yourself. Nothing else says success quite like a new BMW, and Millennium Welt is sweetening the deal with its year-end sales campaign.

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2022 Mazda BT-50 Pick-up Truck and MX-30 EV or CX-30 CKD Coming to Malaysia Soon – Preview on Nov 29

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Mazda distributor Bermaz has released a teaser of two upcoming models, which it will preview on November 29. The sole image only shows silhouettes of the new cars, but we can see that they are an SUV of some kind as well as a pick-up truck.

The identity of the pick-up is pretty obvious, because Mazda makes only one – it’s the new BT-50, based on the latest Isuzu D-Max. It has a unique exterior design but shares the same cabin and mechanicals as its sibling, including the 150 PS 1.9 litre and 190 PS 3.0 litre turbodiesel engines and six-speed manual and automatic gearbox options.

It’s the unknown SUV that’s a little harder to discern. The shape appears to belong to the CX-30 at first glance (Bermaz is working on CKD local assembly for the car, after all), but look closely at the rear end and you’ll see a tiny bump reminiscent of a round taillight – exactly like the ones on the MX-30.

This makes sense, given that the electric vehicle was due to be launched before the CKD CX-30, alongside the BT-50. In fact, the MX-30 was supposed to have arrived in Malaysia more than a year ago in October 2020, but the timeline has obviously been shifted, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


More recently, a Maybank Investment Bank research article reiterated that the MX-30 will be coming, subject to Mazda’s approval and the government’s EV policy (which has since been revealed). It also confirmed that the car will be introduced in fully electric form, rather than the mild hybrid model also available in certain markets. To recap, the MX-30 EV is powered by a 145 PS front motor, juiced by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver range of 200 km on the WLTP cycle.

Don’t discount the CKD CX-30, however – last we checked, production of the crossover was due to start in December ahead of the 2022 on-sale date. Expect the car to be offered with the same range of engines – a 164 PS 2.0 litre Skyactiv-G petrol four-cylinder and a 116 PS 1.8 litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel.

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Selangor Aiming to Install 10,000 EV Charging Stations by 2025 – First 1,000 Units Expected to Be Ready in 2022

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The Selangor state government has announced it is aiming to install 10,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the state by 2025, with the first 1,000 stations expected to be ready next year, according to the Selangor Journal.

The ambitious plan was outlined by Selangor MB Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari earlier today. Speaking at the tabling of the 2022 Selangor Budget at the state legislative assembly, he said the state is looking to pioneer EV usage, and the development of a charging infrastructure would help expand that scope in faster fashion.

Amirudin said that the state government and private parties would collaborate on the project, which will involve an investment value of RM10 million. It was not detailed what type of chargers would be utilised or what rates, if any, consumers would be expected to pay for charging.

He did however say that incentives would be provided to businesses and industries that invest in EV infrastructure projects, and there would be no public parking charges imposed on EVs next year. “The incentives include a reduction of business fees and assessment tax. Apart from that, parking fees which come under the jurisdiction of the local authorities will also be waived for EV users in 2022,” he explained.

The state’s plan to develop an EV charging infrastructure sounds timely, given the upcoming EV push announced by the government during Budget 2022. In the outlined plan, EVs are set to be completely exempt from import duty, excise duty, sales tax as well as road tax for a period of two years, starting from January 1, 2022.

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