Mitsubishi Goes Hybrid For Tokyo

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil three world premiere concept cars at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 on November 20, all incorporating hybrid systems.

Incorporating a new design that symbolizes the functionality and reassuring safety inherent to SUVs, the three concepts take as their theme MMC’s @earth Technology and point to the direction MMC’s development and manufacturing will take in the near future.

The Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV is said to be a next-generation full-size SUV with full-time 4WD. Mitsubishi said 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.

The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV is said by MMC to be 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 and a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency motor with a high-capacity battery.

MMC explained these two concepts feature PHEV systems optimally tailored to different market and segment requirements.

The Mitsubishi Concept AR is described by MMC as a next-generation compact MPV which combines SUV maneuverability with MPV roominess; it uses a lightweight mild hybrid system which includes the same downsized 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine as the Concept XR-PHEV.

All three concepts feature MMC’s latest “e-Assist” active safety technologies and the company’s “connected car” technology that utilizes next-generation information systems. These functions include according to MMC 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 when necessary.

No fuel consumption ratings or more technical details concerning the hybrid systems is known yet. Most of it is expected to be revealed November 20.