Mitsubishi to show two concepts at Geneva

14 Feb, 2013 2:27pm Tom Phillips

Mitsubishi to show hybrid pick-up truck and electric commuter concepts

Mitsubishi has announced that it will show two new concept cars at the Geneva Motor Show: the Concept GR-HEV Sport Utility Hybrid Truck and the Concept CA-MiEV suburban electric car.

Mitsubishi has a self-imposed objective to ensure that 20 per cent of its cars will be EV-based by 2020. To that end, the firm has announced that the new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) will go on sale later this year.

What’s more, it plans to expand what it calls “the full electro-mobility engineering palette – Pure Electric (EV), Hybrid Electric (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric (PHEV)”, and that these will be hinted at with its new concepts to be shown at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

The Concept GR-HEV Sport Utility Hybrid Truck uses a more heavy-duty version of the Outlander PHEV powertrain. Full details of its hybrid system will be revealed at Geneva, but it is expected to offer more power and torque than the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and twin 80bhp electric motors used in the Outlander PHEV.

Mitsubishi has confirmed that the GR-HEV will use a diesel engine, rather than the petrol one used in the Outlander, and will feature “CO2 emissions below 149 g/km, far better than the segment average.”

The Concept GR-HEV also uses Mitsubishi’s four-wheel drive technology, featuring Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC), and is described as “chunky, rugged, handsome and eminently usable.”

The Concept CA-MiEV is a different proposition entirely, and is aimed at suburban commuters. The new, fully electric suburban EV is a development of the i-MiEV, which was launched in 2009, and has been designed to accommodate next generation EV systems and high density batteries.

Mitsubishi claims that the CA-MiEV will offer a 300km (186-miles) driving range, and features magnetic resonance wireless charging technology, and smartphone-activated functions.