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Mitsubishi Taking 3 Concepts To Tokyo

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Mitsubishi Taking 3 Concepts To Tokyo

Geoff Maxted
November 2, 2013

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will unveil three world premiere concept cars at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 from November 20th. That’s them in the rather unconvincing rendering. Incorporating a new design that symbolises the functionality and reassuring safety inherent to SUVs, they say, the three concepts take as their theme Mitsubishi’s @earth Technology and point to the direction the company’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 (or PHEV) system comprising a 3.0-litre V6 supercharged MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control System) engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission coupled with a high-output motor and a high-capacity battery to deliver all-terrain performance.

The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV is a next-generation compact SUV developed to take driving pleasure to new levels. The Concept XR-PHEV uses a front engine, front-wheel drive layout PHEV system that is configured with a downsized 1.1L direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine, 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 manoeuvrability with MPV roominess. It uses a lightweight ‘mild’ hybrid system which utilises the above 1.1L direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine.

All three concepts feature the company’s latest "e-Assist” active safety technologies and the advanced "connected car" technology that utilises 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.

Including the three concept models, Mitsubishi will be displaying a total of 17 models (13 on press days) at its booth at the Tokyo Show. Joining the concepts will be the new eK Space "super height wagon" minicab (or Kei Cars) due for launch in Japan at the beginning of next year, motor sport vehicles and some current production models. The run-up to Tokyo begins.

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