2011 Tokyo Motor Show: Mitsubishi PX-MiEV II previews firm’s next Outlander

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 1, 2011

Mitsubishi has unveiled a second version of the PX-MiEV concept SUV that’s more efficient than ever, with a rating of 141 mpg. Powering this concept is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that deliver 81hp. From the MiEV name, it’s implied that the vehicle moves in electric mode at low speeds for distances of around 50 km or 31 miles. The engine is activated and functions as a generator when the battery charge gets low.

The battery is then filled back up. The MX-MiEV II switches into Parallel Hybrid Mode during higher running speeds. Under this mode, the gasoline engine powers the wheels with assistance from the electric motors.

Mitsubishi believes that this advanced system could operate with only 1.7 liters of fuel for every 100 km, comparable to 141 mpg. It boasts a range that’s estimated to be 800 km or 497 miles.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation revealed that during the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, it will be displaying a total of 15 vehicles, 12 of which will be shown to the press on Day 1 itself. Of these, two will be making its first appearance which is the MITSUBISHI Concept PX-MiEVⅡ and the Mitsubishi Mirage. For some though, this may not come as a surprise as these two models are considered as the two main pillars of the brand’s product strategy as first mentioned during the mid-term JUMP 2013 business plan. Under this strategy, the goal was to focus on emerging markets while releasing models that have green technologies.

In line with this, the Mirage compact car is the implementation of the first objective with the Concept PX-MiEV II being an SUV with green technology, given that it has a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

The brand will also be displaying the MINICAB-MiEV. Set to be released in Japan this coming December, it is a commercial light electric vehicle. Mitsubishi’s booth will also have the i-MiEV, which is its new-generation EV. While it is already being sold in a number of countries around the world, like countries in Europe, it has yet to be rolled out in the U.S. market, which is expected towards the end of the year. The RVR compact SUV, which is known in other markets as the Outlander Sport or even the ASX, will be displayed as well.

It will be powered with the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system or MIVEC. It has the brand’s very own idle-stop technology known as Auto Stop & Go. Exhibited as well will be the Pajero, known as Shogun or Montero in other markets, an SUV fitted with a clean diesel engine.

The booth will not only be displaying vehicles as it will even show the MiEV House. This is a smart house concept that confronts the issue of energy use, and with it global warming, through energy usage management not just the smart house itself but even includes the smart grids, smart appliances, and the plug-in hybrid vehicles or EVs.

This is made possible through the Home Energy Management System, or HEMS, and the brand’s own Electric Vehicle Integration System, or EIS. Homes fitted with HEMS ensure life is made even more comfortable as this system continuously monitors the power being used and the power that is still available. It then optimizes these two so that energy costs are lowered and the possibility of energy shortages is lowered.

The EIS meanwhile looks into the battery usage of the EV or PHEV, as well as its efficiency as this has a tendency to be different depending on how it was driven. Once connected to a house that has HEMS, the EIS transmits this data and the HEMS than optimizes the charging of the EV or PHEV to make sure that it will always have the needed amount of energy.

While the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show is open to the public starting December 3, it will actually start from November 30 and exhibits will be open until December 11. The venue for this event will be the Tokyo Big Sight convention center.

"The MITSUBISHI Concept PX-MiEVⅡ is Mitsubishi Motors’ idea for a mid-size plug-in hybrid PHEV model that offers a long cruising range demanded by mid-size (and larger) vehicles. The MITSUBISHI Concept PX-MiEVⅡ contains a state-of-the-art drivetrain derived from MMC’s already existing EV technology that delivers the environmental performance and quietness inherent to an EV in an SUV package that provides more comfortable motoring and allows for higher utility outside of a city commuter. The MITSUBISHI Concept PX-MiEVⅡ, with its high environmental performance and fuel efficiency, effectively extinguishes many negative perceptions of SUVs." said the press release.

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