Mitsubishi Previewing Three SUV Concepts Before Tokyo
Focus on Efficiency With Plug-In, Direct-Injection Turbo Technologies
Likely in response to the strong global demand for crossovers and SUVs, Mitsubishi is previewing three concepts that will appear at the 2013 Tokyo motor show in late November. The concepts cover the size range from large to compact, with two of them employing plug-in hybrid technology and one utilizing a downsized direct-injection turbo to optimize efficiency.
The Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV is the full-size SUV concept that promises the capability of an SUV with "class-leading" environmental performance. As the name implies, the concept features a plug-in hybrid powertrain, although specific details were not released. The model is equipped with Mitsubishi's S-AWC all-wheel-drive system, and will feature "next-generation" wireless connectivity options designed to improve both driver safety and connectivity.
The Concept XR-PHEV follows the industry trend of "coupelike" crossovers with sporty styling, and a lightweight and efficient plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Finally, the Concept AR is a preview of Mitsubishi's next-generation compact multipurpose vehicle (i.e., minivan) offering the mobility of an SUV and the interior space of an MPV. The Concept AR, unlike the other two, does not have a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, but instead relies on a downsized direct-injected turbocharged engine. Specific details were not released, so the engine could be either an I-4 or even an I-3. Stay tuned to our coverage of the Tokyo motor show for official details and specs.