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Mitsubishi Airtrek

Nowadays few people know that Mitsubishi Airtrek is the predecessor of a globally renowned crossover, entitled Outlander. First appeared in 2001, this model has immediately enslaved the hearts of adventurers and flotation-oriented motorists. The original name takes roots from ‘Air’ and ‘Trek’, representing the idea of taking a holistic pleasure from a long-distance driving. How did the pathfinder look like? Mitsubishi Airtrek review will lift the veil from the mystery.

First Appearance

Initially the Airtrek has been introduced to the Japanese market. The model was available in two powertrain versions: with a 2.0-liter 4G63 and 2.4-liter 4G64 engine, accompanied with a 4-speed semi-automatic transmission and front-wheel/full-wheel drive. The full-wheel vehicles employed open differentials on the front & rear axles along with a viscous clutch on the central differential.

A year later the manufacturer launched a more powerful car version with a 2.0-liter 4G63T engine taken from Lancer Evolution (250 horsepower). In 2003 the car was introduced to the North-American customers. It differentiated by an updated grille, improved head optics as well as a more efficient 2.4-liter 4G69 SOHC engine with MIVEC system. Later on, the model has been unified with Outlander.

Bodywork & Cabin

The base 5-seater Airtrek featured 4410x1750x1550 mm dimensions, 195 mm clearance and 2625 mm wheelbase. Integral body, independent suspension and east-west location of the powertrain ensured optimal driving performance on all types of roads. Despite seemingly compact exterior, the car boasts plenty of room inside; there is enough space for the comfort accommodation of big-sized occupants. The rear row of seats can be folded in order to enlarge the trunk; besides, the saloon has a few hideouts for smaller parts and accessories.

Trim Lines

It’s impossible to review Mitsubishi Airtrek without enumerating its trim lines. At the beginning this SUV was introduced in four trims: 20E, 20V, 24V, 24V-S.

Thus, Airtrek 20E/20V featured the following specifications:

- body type: Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), 5-door, 5-seater;

- curb weight – 1330 kg;

- engine: Line 4, 1997 cm3, 126 horsepower, petrol, 173 nm of torque, fuel injector;

- transmission: 20E - 4-speed automatic, 20V - 4-speed automatic with Invecs II manual shift mode;

- brake system: front – disk ventilated, rear – drum;

- efficiency: fuel consumption – 9.5 liters per 100 km;

- speed: maximal – 173 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h – 12.9 seconds;

To continue, Airtrek 24V and 24V-S were distinguished by the following characteristics:

- body type: Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), 5-door, 5-seater;

- curb weight – 1350/1370 kg (V/V-S);

- engine: Line 4, 2351 cm3, spark-ignition 4-stroke, 137 horsepower, petrol, 207 nm of torque, fuel injector;

- transmission: 4-speed automatic with Invecs II manual shift mode;

- brake system: front – disk ventilated, rear – drum;

- efficiency: fuel consumption – 9.0 liters per 100 km;

- speed: maximal – 178 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h – 10.9 seconds (24V)/11.1 seconds (24V-S);

In addition to the 1st generation models, Mitsubishi has launched five other Airtrek modifications (within 2002-2006 model years):

- the 2.0 T 4WD with 1997 cm3 engine, 240 horsepower;

- the 2.4 with 2378 cm3 engine, 160 horsepower;

- the 2.4 with 2350 cm3 engine, 133 horsepower;

- the 2.4 4WD with 2378 cm3 engine, 160 horsepower;

- the 2.4 4WD with 2350 cm3 engine, 133 horsepower.

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