Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil three world-premiere concept cars at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 at the end of this month: two plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concepts, and one mild-hybrid concept. Incorporating a new design, the three concepts point to the direction MMC’s development and manufacturing will take in the near future.
|Left to right: Concept AR (mild hybrid); Concept GC-PHEV; Concept XR-PHEV. Click to enlarge.|
The two PHEV concepts feature systems tailored to different market and segment requirements.
- The Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV is a 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.
The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV is a compact SUV featuring 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 mild-hybrid Mitsubishi Concept AR is a compact MPV equipped with a lightweight hybrid system which comprises a downsized 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine.
All three concepts feature MMC’s latest “e-Assist” active safety technologies and advanced “connected car” technology. 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.