2011 Tokyo Motor Show Preview: Mitsubishi PX-MiEV II Concept breaks cover

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 9, 2011

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is set to launch a close-to-market variant of a plug-in hybrid crossover and its latest international compact vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show this month. The PX-MiEV II hints strongly at the hybrid variant of the Outlander crossover that Mitsubishi intends to launch in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

This vehicle is the next step in the revamping of the company's product range with an assortment of electrified drivetrains. The automobile is a two-motor plug-in hybrid system which runs on a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and a lithium ion battery. One motor powers the rear wheels, while the other takes the front ones.

The company is aiming for a fuel economy of 60 kilometers per liter or 140 mpg under Japan's testing cycle, which is a lot different from the European or U.S. fuel-economy measures.

The company further revealed that the automobile can travel 31 miles in electric-only mode. Another feature of the drivetrain is that it can run in either series or parallel hybrid mode.

When the battery is low or at lower speeds, the drivetrain can perform as a series with the engine acting as a generator in order to recharge the battery instead of powering the wheels.

On the other hand, at high speed or when the battery is fully charged, the drivetrain serves as a parallel hybrid, with the engine moving the wheels and recharging the battery.

A lithium ion battery, which has around the same capacity as the i electric vehicle that will be launched for sale in the U.S. this month, is located under the floorboards.

However, since the PX-MiEV II is heavier and equipped with all-wheel drive, it does not achieve the i's electric-only driving distance. The Mitsubishi i has a 62-mile EPA-rated driving range on a full charge.

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