Supercharged V6 hybrid SUV fronts Mitsubishi’s new-generation concepts

Three new concept cars that point to the near-future direction of Mitsubishi’s development and manufacturing will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show on 20 November.

The concepts are for next-generation SUVs, full-size and compact, plus a compact SUV-style multi-purpose vehicle.  Together, Mitsubishi says, they symbolise the “functionality and reassuring safety inherent in SUVs”.

Two of the concepts feature plug-in hybrid systems tailored to distinct market needs.

The imposing “GC” concept is a full-size, full-time 4WD “Grand Cruiser” SUV. It is based on front engine, rear-wheel drive plug-in hybrid technology comprising a 3-litre V6 supercharged MIVEC engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a high-output electric motor and a high-capacity drive battery.

The “XR” compact SUV uses a front engine, front-wheel drive plug-in hybrid system configured with a 1.1-litre direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine, a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency electric motor, and a high-capacity drive battery.

The third concept, the “AR”, is a compact MPV multi-purpose vehicle that combines SUV manoeuvrability with MPV roominess. It’s driven by the XR’s direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine, and uses a lightweight ‘mild hybrid’ system, its electric motor boosting power.

All three concepts feature Mitsubishi’s latest active safety technologies and the advanced “connected car” technology that utilises next-generation information systems.