Mitsubishi has unveiled three new concept cars at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, which reveal a new design direction for the brand.
The concepts – an SUV, compact SUV and compact MPV – preview Mitsubishi’s advanced next-generation powertrains, including plug-in hybrid tech and a downsized direct-injection turbocharged engine.
Biggest of the three concepts is the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV full-size SUV, which could point the way to a next-generation Shogun. The GC – short for Grand Cruiser – has a much bolder front than the existing car with slimmer headlights and a more exaggerated grille.
The GC is hailed by Mitsubishi as a “high output PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle)” and offers full-time four-wheel drive. The 3.0-litre supercharged MIVEC engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission plus an electric motor and high-capacity battery.
The electronic all-wheel drive system, called Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC), promises added stability and go-anywhere ability, according to Mitsubishi.
The smaller compact SUV is named the XR-PHEV concept, and hints at a new ASX.
Dramatic styling cues include a coupe like roofline and a large gaping grille, plus slim headlights.
It uses a similar plug-in hybrid system to the larger GC-PHEV, with a 1.1-litre MIVEC turbo engine combined with a lightweight, compact high-efficiency motor with a high-capacity battery.
The final concept comes in the shape of the AR or Active Runabout, a compact MPV which Mitsubishi claims will “offer both the mobility of an SUV and the occupant space of an MPV”. It uses what’s said to be a mild hybrid system with a 1.1 turbo MIVEC engine.
If put into production, the AR concept would mark Mitsubishi’s return to the MPV sector after the Grandis was axed from production in 2011.