If You’re An Idiot Who Spent Too Much Time With Gran Turismo in the 90s (Or, you know, you really like rallying), then the name Rallyart will mean something to you. For the rest of you, Raleigh, along the lines of Subaru’s STI or Nissan’s Nismo, is Mitsubishi’s captive performance brand, and while it’s been pretty quiet lately, it could make some comeback if from the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon. Mitsubishi’s concepts be any indicator.
Unfortunately, though, it looks like this comeback may be mostly aesthetic. The Outlander and Eclipse Cross Rallyart styling concepts – both announced on Tuesday – feature some more aggressive trim bits and different wheels, which, to be fair, adds some much-needed drama to the styling of both models, but it’s almost as good. That’s as far as they go.
Less disappointing is the oddly named Delica D5 Tough x Tuff, which takes the already red Delica van platform and turns it into a slightly off-roading, overlanding super van. The combination of Rallieart bits and aftermarket parts gives it a handsome look from its rugged look. It uses 16-inch wheels and a raised suspension to help with its stance, and frankly, I’d take offense to being able to park it in my driveway.
The Mitsubishi and performance story is sad these days, with the brand’s rapid ambition dying out with the previous Lancer Evolution. Still, given how well the brand is transforming its more pedestrian models, there’s probably a chance for both the Diamond Star brand and Rallyart to return to greatness.