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Mitsubishi concepts for Tokyo

Three new concept cars include two PHEV SUVS and a hybrid MPV

Published: November 4, 2013, 2:00 AM

Mitsubishi Concepts - GC-PHEV - XR-PHEV - AR-1 - Tokyo 2013

Mitsubishi plans to show three new concept cars for the first time at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

Said to incorporate a new design direction that symbolizes the functionality and safety inherent in SUVs, the three concepts take as their theme Mitsu'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 (PHEV) system comprising a 3.0-litre V-6 supercharged MIVEC engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a high-output electric motor and a high-capacity battery.

The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV is a next-generation compact SUV developed to focus on driving pleasure. It uses a front engine, front-wheel drive layout PHEV system that is configured with a downsized 1.1-litre direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine and a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency electric motor with a high-capacity battery.

These two concepts feature PHEV systems 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-litre direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine.

All three concepts feature MMC's latest "e-Assist active safety technologies and 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.

Joining the concepts will be the Mitsubishi's new eK Space "super height wagon" minicar due for launch in Japan at the beginning of next year.