Mitsubishi Motors worldwide design studios, including one in Cypress, California, created some of these far-reaching concepts which were showcased at international autoshows. Customizing shops that find Mitsubishi designs to be excellent platforms for tuning and specializing developed other exciting models on display here. Choose a car below or scroll through and enjoy.
Featuring Mitsubishi's all-new plug-in hybrid system, the Concept PX-MiEV showcases the future of electric-powered, eco-friendly vehicles. Unlike hybrid systems that mainly rely on a gas engine for power, the Concept PX-MiEV utilizes electricity for its main source of motive power—and intelligently manages the horsepower (and generating power) of a 1.6L DOHC MIVEC gasoline engine as needed.
At the heart of the Concept PX-MiEV there are three power plants, one permanent magnet synchronous electric motor in the front, another in back, and the highly efficient MIVEC gasoline engine which can power the front wheels and also serve as a generator. Controlled and optimized by the remarkable MiEV Operating System, these engines, motors and batteries work together to maximize efficiency and deliver impressive range. Here's how it works:
At slow and moderate speeds (for example, a morning commute in the city), the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid 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 emissions. Furthermore, the Concept PX-MiEV monitors road conditions and adapts to them. So if it's raining, or if the road is slick with snow, electric power is automatically provided to the rear motor, effectively turning the car into an electric four-wheel-drive vehicle.
When the battery power gets low, the Concept PX-MiEV switches to Series Hybrid Mode which engages the gas engine to generate electricity. Regenerative breaks also create power by converting the kinetic energy of deceleration into electricity, which is then stored in the battery.
Driving at higher speeds, Parallel Hybrid Mode adds the power of the gasoline engine to the front electric motor. When overtaking or driving on slick, rainy roads, the rear motor automatically engages for increased acceleration or sure-footed, four-wheel-drive performance, as necessary.
Whether its driving or charging, the Concept PX-MiEV is equally innovative. A unique three-way charging system connects to 110V (household outlets), 220V and industrial quick chargers. Once charged, a Concept PX-MiEV is a convenient power source. An auxiliary power socket lets owners supply electricity from the vehicle to any device, such as camping products or household appliances. In an emergency, this car is essentially a power source on wheels.
The Concept PX-MiEV truly is the bold next generation in electric vehicles.
|Outlander GT Prototype|
The Outlander GT Prototype caused quite a stir among the automotive press and enthusiasts during its world debut at the 2009 New York Auto Show.
With a "jet fighter" front grille and performance characteristics inspired by the Lancer Evolution sports car, the Outlander GT Prototype is designed to usher in a new era of design-forward, well-equipped and technologically advanced crossover utility vehicles. At the New York Auto Show, it provided those in attendance with a clear indication of the bright future of the Mitsubishi Outlander production vehicle.
While the aggressive new look is visually stunning, the Outlander GT Prototype's design is just part of the story. Under the hood is an enhanced version of the all-aluminum, 3.0-liter MIVEC V6 engine currently found in the Outlander XLS, but with more horsepower (230hp max), improved torque, enhanced fuel economy and fewer emissions. To increase fuel economy even more, the Outlander GT Prototype's upgraded shifting program and Idle Neutral Logic seamlessly shift the vehicle into neutral during standstill.
As part of Mitsubishi's revolutionary Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) philosophy also available in the acclaimed Lancer Evolution, the Outlander GT Prototype features an Active Front Differential (AFD). This torque biasing device works to move power between the front wheels to improve handling, traction, and stability.
The Outlander GT Prototype is loaded with premium features like grained synthetic leather, double stitching and generous chrome accents that raise the bar on CUV luxury. It's also stocked with the latest in high-tech gadgets, including the revolutionary FUSE Hands-Free Media Gateway system which combines advanced voice-recognition capabilities with Bluetooth 2.0-enabled hands-free calling, audio playback and control of the onboard navigation system. It also provides drivers with full iPod*and USB music device charging and playback, as well as portable music compatibility.
Other highlights of the Outlander GT Prototype's advanced technologies include premium RDS real-time traffic, a new, high-contrast 3.5-inch QVGA LCD full-color meter cluster, a more powerful Rockford Fosgate in-car entertainment system and a Total Security Alarm System, which utilizes an accurate ultrasonic wave motion sensor for improved security and detection.
The newest member of the Lancer sport-sedan family, Prototype-S, is a compact sports hatchback. Distinguished visually by Lancer's aggressive shark-nose grille, it marries rally-inspired performance with outstanding fuel efficiency. The full-time 4WD driveline features Mitsubishi Motors' Active Center Differential (ACD), which uses an electronically controlled multi-plate hydraulic clutch to optimally tailor front/rear drive torque split to different driving conditions and deliver the best balance between steering response and traction.
The MITSUBISHI Concept-RA continues a long tradition of sporty coupe concepts dating back to the 1972 debut of the Galant GTO R73-X show car, which showcased high-revving, high-output (200 hp) DOHC engine technology. Combining cutting-edge drivetrain technologies with the latest clean diesel engine design, MITSUBISHI Concept-RA demonstrates that a thrilling performance machine and a sense of environmental responsibility need not be mutually exclusive concepts.
The Concept-RA features a "next generation" Super-All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system that consists of an Active Center Differential, Active Yaw Control, Sports ABS and Active Stability Control component systems, as equipped on the very capable Lancer Evolution. For Concept RA, this vehicle dynamics enhancing, all-wheel-drive system is upgraded to include Active Steering and Active Damping Control elements to further improve driver control, as well as vehicle handling and stability. S-AWC integrally manages all of these systems to realize advanced levels of control over drive torque and braking, thereby improving traction, cornering and vehicle stability. This complex system of electronic traction and driveline control help create intuitive, on-demand vehicle behavior that faithfully reflects driver intent under all driving conditions, from everyday use to emergency avoidance situations.
MITSUBISHI Concept-RA is powered by a new high-output, low-emissions 2.2-liter 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve turbo diesel engine. This engine features the Mitsubishi innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system valvetrain that 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-liter engine delivers a maximum output of 201 hp (150 kW) and maximum torque of 310 ft-lbs (42.8 kg-m). In an effort to comply with U.S. emissions standards (Tier 2 Bin 5 emission regulations), the clean diesel unit relies on a new catalytic converter exhaust system that utilizes diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), NOx trap catalyst (NTC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) technologies. When this is mated to a Twin Clutch-SST gearbox, the torque-rich diesel engine will deliver sportier performance with a high degree of fuel efficiency.
MITSUBISHI Concept-RA makes extensive use of lightweight materials in its contruction to help reduce vehicle mass for improved performance, fuel economy and safety. The athletically styled coupe features a new body structure that utilizes an aluminum space frame made from extruded aluminum sections and die-cast aluminum components; while the hood, fenders and other outer panels are molded from impact-resistant and easily recyclable plastic resin.
The Concept-cX demonstrates Mitsubishi Motors styling vision of the small SUV of the future. With features like the newly developed 1.8-liter clean diesel engine mated to a Twin Clutch SST (Sportronic Shift Transmission), the Concept-cX achieves high levels of road and environmental performance. The Mitsubishi Concept-cX provides the vision for the kind of off-road vehicle that only Mitsubishi could create.
Through its first nine generations, the Lancer Evolution has earned consideration as one of the world's elite supercars. It set a new benchmark for turbocharged all-wheel drive performance. But soon there's going to be a new high-performance dream machine from Mitsubishi, and here's a preview: Prototype-X. It's a very strong hint at what will become the next Lancer Evolution. The menacing, shark nosed grille. The louvered hood venting. Flared fenders to accommodate the increased track. Lightweight forged BBS wheels. Massive Brembo brakes. The functional rear wing. Dual exhaust pipes protruding from the rear diffuser. It's one serious performance machine. There's no doubt: Prototype-X makes a very clear statement.
With the all-new 2.0-liter 4B11 engine as the starting point, turbocharging and intercooling will boost power output to a new high. And putting this power down is going to get sweeter too, with an available six-speed automated manual transmission giving lightning-fast shifts from steering wheel-mounted magnesium paddle shifters. Of course purists can still opt for a traditional manual. But getting it to the ground may be the best part of all. With Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control system giving unprecedented traction and grip, like Prototype X, the next generation Lancer Evolution promises to be a driver's car like no other.
The star of the 39th annual Tokyo Motor Show, the Concept-X is the most comprehensive and dynamic performance concept yet developed by Mitsubishi. A first look at the car that will become the tenth-generation Lancer Evolution, Concept-X possesses numerous innovations that are guaranteed to thrill. From a six-speed transmission with paddle shifters to an all-new all aluminum MIVEC-equipped and turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the power train of the future is as serious as the flowing lines that surround it.
Putting this power to the ground is going to be every bit as advanced, with the next generation of Mitsubishi all-wheel drive—S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control)—taking center stage. Along with the Active Center Differential from previous generations, the Concept-X sports the Active Yaw Control of the Japanese-market Evo along with Active Braking Control, Active Steering Control and Roll Control Suspension technologies to create one of the most comprehensive and advanced road-holding systems ever seen. Enhancing the handling further are the aluminum roof and body panels that lower the center of gravity and reduce the moment of inertia at turn-in, improving steering and handling characteristics even more.
The Concept-CT advances the performance and efficiency of gasoline-electric hybrids. By employing a first-of-its-kind system of in-wheel electric motors in conjunction with computer-controlled all-wheel drive, the CT unites the ambitions of the performance minded and the environmentally responsible.
The Eclipse Concept-E, powered by Mitsubishi's "E-Boost" high-performance hybrid engine management system, promises to deliver exhilarating acceleration along with low fuel consumption and low emissions.
|Sport Truck Concept|
The Sport Truck Concept is Mitsubishi's take on the future of pickup trucks. Designed to appeal to urban customers, the Sport Truck Concept offers the utility of a truck, yet its four-wheel independent suspension provides car-like performance.
|ASX Concept Vehicle|
|RPM 7000 Concept|
Convenience and comfort are guiding principles of the Space Liner design. Elbow room and space to stretch one's legs were Space Liner design priorities. The door panels include stowage for a cooler bottle and briefcase while the center console features a built-in monitor and keyboard. With pillar-less door openings and swivel front seats, ingress and egress difficulty and stress are greatly reduced. The drive-by-wire steering unit and instrument panel stow away when the Space Liner is parked to help create even more interior space.
Outside, the Space Liner's exterior is a futuristic mono-form shape that facilitates a long wheelbase and wide stance. The sweeping roofline, while modern, is still a declaration of elegant sportiness and distinction.
Mitsubishi's technology also is employed to reduce the stress of operation of Space Liner. Helping further reduce stress are the soft touch, finger-tip controls for the accelerator and brake that operate this low-stress vessel. Rearward and side mounted cameras enhance driver vision and send the images back to a lard LCD monitor mounted in the center of the dash. The Space Liner's advanced safety features also include a multi-eye system of laser radar, cameras and other sensors to monitor the road environment surrounding the vehicle. Computers use the information gathered from such sensors to calculate the optimum safe vehicle distance from traffic. Lane trace assist also uses sensors to help keep the Space Liner in its lane.
This could be the best combination of attributes on any concept car ever created. The Mitsubishi SSS combines the safety, visibility and versatility of an SUV with the comfort, prestige and performance of a great luxury sedan. The result? Stunning.
The sedan is a classic shape that, in its best form, can exude prestige, performance and luxury without ever leaving the curb. The SSS has room enough for five to travel in style. But with the rear seats folded down, two passengers can store their mountain bikes upright, load gear and other large objects, and still arrive in style.
Dual-level front and rear bumpers help prevent the SSS from nose-diving under larger vehicles, in the event of a collision. Low-wide spread high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps throw a brighter and more precisely aimed beam, while LED turn/brake signals provide quicker response lighting than conventional bulb systems.
Just as unique as the exterior design, the doors slide open to the front and rear to provide maximum accessibility with minimum space requirements. So now, small parking spaces and tight fits might not be so tight. And no more door dings to other people's doors.
Luxury and science meet to give the occupants of the SSS an enjoyable ride. The steering wheel is polished aluminum covered by Sensa's Plasmium®, a clear gel that reduces hand stress and retains body temperature for comfortable long-distance driving. Housed in the center console, an interactive monitor provides bold, clear graphics for audio, climate control, navigation and vehicle diagnostic systems. Large "virtual knobs" are activated by an articulating, disc-shaped control on the floor console. Inlaid wood on the doors, dash and back of seats provide a truly indulgent interior.
What you're looking at is metal in motion. With its influence already displayed on the 2001 Eclipse Spyder, our SST Spyder allows us to preview the advanced styling for roadsters in this new millennium. Far beyond just being a jaw-dropper, the SST Spyder exudes purpose and detail. And with a powerful, turbocharged, 250-hp engine, it's more go than show.
The sheer success of the "geo-mechanical" design theme with our roadster concept shows the incredible strength of our vision for the future. Roof up or down, the SST Spyder makes a bold statement. The ribbed side doors are both striking and purposeful, housing strong side-guard door beams. Tail lamps, rear turn signals and reverse indicators are made from neon and fluorescent lights. Designers also incorporated a "spider leg" theme in the wheel spokes and roll bars, for a particularly cool look.
Unlike many other concept cars, the SST Spyder is a fully drivable car. The turbocharged 4-cylinder engine produces an exhilarating 250 hp. The four-speed Sportronic™ automatic transmission can be operated conventionally or in manual sport mode by a flick of the billet aluminum shifter.
A sophisticated, multi-link four-wheel independent suspension makes the handling match the impressive feats of the engine and the promise of the striking design. Enormous racing brakes with multi-piston calipers provide exceptional stopping power.
Conventional switches for the SST Spyder's automatic climate control and Mitsubishi/Infinity® 650-watt audio system have been incorporated into a single, interactive monitor housed in the center console. Large "virtual knobs" are activated by an articulating, disc-shaped control on the floor console. Also included are communication, satellite navigation and entertainment functions.
The SST Targa is a rolling embodiment of our future. Its influence on the 2000 Eclipse Coupe can be seen here in the "geo-mechanical" design theme. Elemental, geometric forms that create a machine-like, mechanical look, both inside and out.
The inspiration for our "geo-mechanical" design theme came from classic architecture, high-speed bullet trains and even the human bicep. But by no means is it "retro." Instead, we looked for forms that represent strength, motion and power. The SST Targa has all this in spades. Or in this case, bright green clovers.
Once again, the SST Targa's construction illustrates our cutting-edge thinking. Both composites and carbon fiber are used in their rawest, purest forms. Rivets and other functional elements, like the gas cap that otherwise might be hidden, are instead showcased.
One look inside the SST Targa's bold interior shows how well we have continued the "geo-mechanical" design theme. An iridescent green interior both mirrors the exterior color and also nods to the cadmium green of tooled metal.
Conventional switches for the SST Targa's automatic climate control and 350-watt audio system have been incorporated into a single, interactive monitor housed in the center console. Large "virtual knobs" are activated by an articulating, disc-shaped control on the floor console. Also included are communication, satellite navigation and entertainment functions.
Presented here is our radical SSU, or Super Sports Utility, that combines the best attributes of a sports car with the room and practicality of an SUV. Think of it as an extreme sport vehicle, one designed to handle corners as well as handle your stuff.
The twin-turbo V6, producing a rip-snorting 310 horsepower, is mated to a 5-speed Sportronic™ transmission driving all four wheels. Also present is Active Yaw Control, developed from our rich World Rally experiences
The roomy interior allows first-class comfort and stretch-out room, with a cargo area large enough for lots of gear. Nets in the doors allow every inch of the SSU to be used efficiently.
The dashboard houses a large color monitor with a mouse-like disc to control the audio and climate systems, satellite navigation, hands-free phone and a pager message center. When the SSU is parked, the monitor can be used to play video games and access the Internet.
The dramatic, powerful body continues the "geo-mechanical" design theme as first seen on the SST concept car and, later, the 2000 Eclipse. The SSU features thin, vertical headlamps and huge, round LED driving lights for brighter light.
|Sports Utility Pack|
In its design and execution, the S.U.P. is very much a product of technology that maintains an organic spirit. This rugged, four-wheel-drive, adventure-seeking concept is suitably dressed for any kind of a journey. Cleverly designed, semi-transparent storage compartments in the door panels, seatback-mounted backpacks, a fresh water shower, and a first-aid kit mounted in the quarter panel mean that the S.U.P. is ready to tackle just about any challenge. The S.U.P.'s spacious interior seats four and provides an exciting and modern environment for adventure to take hold. Also, a full-length lamella roof panel retracts to bathe the occupants in sunlight.
The S.U.P. is powered by an eco friendly hybrid drive train that connects to all four wheels for confident all-surface performance. An efficient GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine powers the front wheels through an automated manual transmission. Meanwhile, separate electric traction motors drive the two rear wheels while producing zero emissions.
A practical, compact family car. Now there's a concept. Introduce yourself to the SUW Advance vehicle, a rarity for what it isn't: indulgent. It combines an efficient engine and transmission with an even more efficient styling. It's designed around three principles - environment, safety and lifestyle.
The SUW Advance features a unique hybrid powerplant. The 1.5-liter, 103-hp engine is supplemented by a self-recharging electric motor that kicks in during high power needs, to more than double the gas engine's available torque. Together, the two let the Advance achieve an astounding 74 mpg. And the Advance consists of materials that are 90% recyclable.
A stiffer body structure and advanced electronics work together to provide you with a safe ride. A forward camera warns of cars wavering in front of the SUW Advance. Air bags are deployed based on the size and weight of each occupant. Tire treads efficiently channel rainwater away from the car. The fuel tank and batteries are located under the floor, away from potential collision points, lowering the Advance's center of gravity.
Getting there is definitely half the fun. Interior functions can be controlled with voice commands. A heads-up display is used for speed and other vehicle information. The navigation system can select the least congested route. And getting into the car is easy, too. Flush-mounted handles can easily open the doors with your hands full. With just a tap, the handle pops out, and you just push down. Rear seats swivel to make installing child seats easy. And the dual rear lift-gate swings both open and up.