If you’re an American, you probably feel like Mitsubishi has fallen off the map in recent years- but rest assured, the brand has just been gathering strength, building the highest non-hybrid MPG car you can buy in the US and developing innovative new diesel-hybrid technology that could find its way into the next, all-conquering Evo supercar. You can see it in the company’s Pike’s Peak record-runner, and you’ll be able to see it in the three hot new concepts (above) coming to the Tokyo show later this month.
Don’t take my word for it, though- take theirs! You can check out Mitsubishi’s full Tokyo press release, below. Enjoy!
MITSUBISHI MOTORS LINEUP AT THE 2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil three world premiere concept cars at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 on November 20. Incorporating a new design that symbolizes the functionality and reassuring safety inherent to SUVs, the three concepts take as their theme MMC’s @earth TECHNOLOGY*1 and point to the direction MMC’s development and manufacturing will take in the near future.
The MITSUBISHI Concept GC-PHEV is a next-generation full-size SUV with full-time 4WD. It is based on a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) system comprising a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged MIVEC engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a high-output motor and a high-capacity battery to deliver all-terrain performance truly worthy of an all-round SUV.
The MITSUBISHI Concept XR-PHEV is a next-generation compact SUV developed to take driving pleasure to new levels. The MITSUBISHI Concept XR-PHEV uses a front engine, front-wheel drive layout PHEV system that is configured with a downsized 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine and a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency motor with a high-capacity battery.
These two concepts feature PHEV systems optimally tailored to different market and segment requirements.
The MITSUBISHI Concept AR is a next-generation compact MPV which combines SUV maneuverability with MPV roominess. It uses a lightweight mild hybrid system which includes a downsized 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine.
All three concepts feature MMC’s latest “e-Assist”*2 active safety technologies and the advanced “connected car” technology that utilizes next-generation information systems. These functions include a danger detection system which activates the corresponding safety functions and a failure/malfunction early-detection system which urges the driver to seek repairs or other maintenance when necessary.
Including the three concept models, MMC will be displaying a total of 17 models (13 on press days) at its booth at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013. Joining the concepts will be the new eK Space “super height wagon” minicar due for launch in Japan at the beginning of next year, motorsport vehicles and some current production models.
Source | Photos: Mitsubishi.