Mitsubishi to unveil 3 concepts at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on November 14, 2013

Three concept cars by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will have their global debut at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 that will open on November 20, 2013.  All three concepts boast of a new design that denotes the functionality and safety of sport utility vehicles. The concepts --  Mitsubishi Concept GC–PHEV, Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV, MITSUBISHI Concept AR -- carry Mitsubishi’s @earth TECHNOLOGY theme and point to the direction that the company’s development and manufacturing will take in the near future.

The Concept GC–PHEV, a next-generation full-sized SUV with full-time 4WD, uses a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) system that includes a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged MIVEC engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a high-output motor and a high-capacity battery.

The Concept XR-PHEV, a next-generation compact SUV that is touted to bring driving pleasure to new levels, employs a front engine, front-wheel drive layout PHEV system comprising downsized 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine and a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency motor with a high-capacity battery.

The Concept GC–PHEV and the Concept XR–PHEV feature PHEV systems developed for different market and segment requirements. The Mitsubishi Concept AR, meanwhile, is a next-generation compact MPV that merges SUV manoeuvrability with MPV space.

This concept utilizes a lightweight mild hybrid system that is configured by a downsized 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine.

All three concepts tout the carmaker’s latest "e-Assist" active safety technologies and the advanced "connected car" technology that features next-generation information systems.

These technologies include a danger detection system that activates corresponding safety functions and a failure/malfunction early-detection system that presses the driver to seek repairs or other maintenance when needed.

The carmaker will display 17 models, including the concepts, at its stand at 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013.  Also to be displayed are new eK Space "super height wagon" minicar, motorsport vehicles and some current production models. [source: Mitsubishi]

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