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Tokyo 2013 Preview: Mitsubishi reveals more details on concept car trio

Tokyo 2013 Preview: Mitsubishi reveals more details on concept car trio image

Text: / Photos: MMC Press | posted November 04, 2013 07:20

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV, XR-PHEV and AR

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has revealed more detail and a clearer image of the three concept cars (showcasing MMC's @earth technology) that will make their debut at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show starting November 20.

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. It is speculated that this concept will take shape as the next generation Pajero/Shogun 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, a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency motor with a high-capacity battery.

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 comprises a 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine.

All three concepts feature MMC's latest e-Assist 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.

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.