Mitsubishi Motors worldwide design studios created some of these far-reaching concepts. Customising shops that find Mitsubishi designs to be excellent platforms for tuning and specialising also developed some of the exciting models on display here.
The Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV is a next-generation full-size SUV with full-time 4WD. It is based on a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) system comprising a 3.0-litre 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 GC-PHEV features Mitsubishi Motors Corporation's (MMC) active safety technologies and the advanced "connected car" technology that utilises next-generation information systems. These functions include 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.
The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II is an urban crossover employing a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency front-engine/front-wheel drive PHEV system to achieve superior environmental and road performance.
The XR-PHEV II's front face expresses a new "Dynamic Shield" concept to protect people and the car alike by evolving the Pajero's traditional unique "protection" as the bumpers and underneath extended inward and upward respectively. In addition, this front motif is replicated at the rear, featuring a high-mount tail lamp for improved rear visibility.
The interior expresses fortitude through an aluminum frame that spreads out sideways from the central console which supports the minimalist horizontal instrument panel. It features high contrast in the front part with black-and-silver hues. The cockpit was made to functionally enhance the driver's focus with controls concentrated in the center console and in the steering wheel.
3) PHEV system
The new PHEV system is designed for use in front-engine/front-drive models and comprises a MIVEC engine, a new electric motor/generator and a new power drive unit all mounted up front. The new power drive unit comprises a compact and high-efficiency inverter and variable voltage system to achieve high power and high torque. CO2 emissions reach under 40g/km when on the move - among the very best in terms of environmental performance for a plug-in hybrid vehicle.
The PHEV system is designed to operate primarily in all-electric mode with the engine acting as a generator or supplying additional motive power when needed. Depending on driving conditions and remaining battery charge, the system automatically switches between all-electric, series hybrid and parallel hybrid modes.
The Mitsubishi Concept AR is a next-generation compact MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) which combines crossover maneuverability with MPV roominess. It uses a lightweight mild hybrid system which includes a downsized 1.1-litre direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine. The Mitsubishi Concept AR also features Mitsubishi Motors Corporation's (MMC) latest active safety technologies and the advanced "connected car" technology that utilises next-generation information systems.
These functions include 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.
The Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV is a Sport Utility Truck (SUT) concept that delivers next-generation environmental and driving performance. It was developed by blending the best attributes of Mitsubishi Motors' lauded Triton production model pickup truck while providing the welcome features, comfort and interior spaciousness of a premium sedan or Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). From the C-pillar forward, the Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV's sweeping exterior design looks like a handsome, aerodynamically-efficient next-generation crossover/SUV. Towards the rear passenger compartment, the body morphs into a supplely-contoured yet highly-functional pickup truck.
Boasting aluminum front air dams, LED headlights and LED rear combination taillights that are both functional and luxurious, this concept car feels right at home whether it is being used for work at the construction site or for an opulently indulgent night on the town. Ample, efficient power is provided by a diesel-hybrid system that makes use of a 2.5-litre clean-diesel engine and an electric motor/lithium-ion battery Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) system. What's more, Mitsubishi Motors' innovative Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all wheel drive system, accompanied by next-generation Super Select 4WD (SS4WD) that features 4 distinct driver-selected drive modes (2H, 4H, 4HL, 4LL), provides all round drivability. Safety technologies include Active Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
The MiEV Evolution II features a completely new design with a 4-motor drivetrain, a tube-frame chassis, Mitsubishi Motors highly-advanced Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) all wheel drive technology, new carbon-fibre bodywork and high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.
The MiEV Evolution II was built for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a time trial event for automobiles and motorcycles held annually at Colorado Springs, Colorado. The incredible elevation change from the start line to the finish line (over a climb of 4,720 feet) creates various temperature, air pressure, weather and other atmospheric conditions that allows Mitsubishi Motors to gather important vehicle data in order to enhance the durability and reliability of its advanced 100 percent electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and conventional gas or diesel-powered hybrid vehicles in the company's future vehicle development. Feedback and data derived from last year's i-MiEV Evolution racing prototype and its outstanding all wheel drive system is being used to develop the unique twin electric motor-based Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system found on the Outlander PHEV - the first of its kind on a production crossover vehicle — when it arrives in Mitsubishi Motors dealerships in the US.
The Mitsubishi Motors EV racing team competed with a pair of highly advanced state-of-the-art 100 percent electric-powered vehicles in the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event to not only increase the awareness and visibility of the EV, but also to demonstrate the high level of technology engineered into each Mitsubishi Motors electric vehicle and its EV-related components and systems.
At the heart of the Concept PX-MiEV, there are three power systems - one permanent magnet synchronous electric motor in the front, another in the back, and the highly efficient MIVEC gasoline engine which can power the front wheels and also serve as a generator. Controlled and optimised by the remarkable MiEV Operating System, the engine, electric motors and batteries work together to maximise efficiency and deliver impressive range.
At slow and moderate speeds, the system operates in all-electric EV Mode. Here, the Concept PX-MiEV becomes a front-wheel-drive vehicle, powered by its battery pack and the front electric motor. In short, it offers fun-to-drive power with zero tailpipe emissions. Furthermore, it's a breeze to drive as the Concept PX-MiEV monitors road conditions and adapts to them. If it's raining or if the road is slick with snow, the car automatically turns into an electric four-wheel-drive vehicle to aid your driving. Mitsubishi Concept-RA is powered by a new high-output, low-emission 2.2-litre 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve turbo diesel engine. This engine, featuring the Mitsubishi innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system valvetrain, offers continuously-variable valve-timing control. The new diesel engine is equipped with piezoelectric injector common-rail direct fuel injection that allows a lower compression ratio and a VD (Variable Diffuser)/VG (Variable Geometry) turbocharger. The 2.2-litre engine delivers a maximum output of 201 hp and maximum torque of 310 ft.-lbs.
The Mitsubishi Concept CA-MiEV is the epitome of cutting-edge design and sophistication - an indication of the direction that Mitsubishi Motors Corporation believes electric vehicles (EVs) will be headed in the near future.
The Mitsubishi Concept CA-MiEV's supple yet vigorous exterior design races towards the future, expressing the advanced next-generation EV technologies embedded beneath its eye-catching sheet-metal.
Its headlight, rear taillight designs and wheel designs are based on the faceted shape of cut diamonds, creating a classy design aesthetic. The EV powertrain includes lightweight components in an integrated electric motor, inverter and charger module that help to reduce power losses. It also includes magnetic resonance wireless lithium-ion battery recharging. Paired with its 28 kWh main drive lithium-ion battery pack, streamlined aerodynamics and relatively light body weight, this EV concept has a driving range of approximately 185 miles (300 km).
Advanced safety technologies including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Active Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) have also been incorporated into this handsome futuristic EV, along with convenient features like remote-controlled air-conditioning and battery recharging.
The Outlander PHEV Concept S is a concept model with a special design package for the production Outlander PHEV. The exterior and interior design are created under a "Sporty and Sophisticated" design theme. The design expresses driving pleasure by delivering powerful and agile driving performance as well as quiet, advanced and high quality driving performance provided by its Twin Motor 4WD and Plug-in Hybrid EV System.
Meant to symbolise the functionality and reassuring safety inherent to Mitsubishi Motors' SUVs, the front end design shields the Three-Diamond mark with bold chromed accent moldings on either side - a three dimensional effect - in a further suggestion of motion. Wraparound headlamps contribute themselves to a sense of dynamism sweeping gently up and outwards. This "protective theme" continues at the rear where similar symbolic chrome accents – topped by elongated combination lamps - run from tailgate to wings meant to express dynamic and innovative styling as if bracing the vehicle for better safety. The body colour uses a brilliant "Platinum White" with glass flake finish.
Concept S' interior design makes use of painstakingly executed detailing to express precision, quality, craftsmanship and sophistication such as:
- Black woodgrain trim with silver accent
- The center console designed inspired by Japanese traditional black lacquered boxes
- Soft fine leather, hand-stitched by craftsmen selected for the seat upholstery
Furthermore, the seat upholstery forms a three-dimensional surface with horizontally-ribbed cushioning providing superior fit, while the use of trimming lines is formed so as to gently follow the body contours holding occupants snugly in place.