Geneva 2014: Mitsubishi Presents 3 Future Concepts
|   Monday, February 17, 2014
The 84th edition of the Geneva Motor Show, which will begin on March 6, 2014, will witness Mitsubishi disclosing for the European public a part of its future plans. 

Focusing on design, performance and low environmental impact, Mitsubishi will unveil the latest of its three concepts - this part of the project deals with the short and medium term view of the Japanese manufacturer. 

Mitsubishi will have a major presence at the Motor Show in Geneva, where it will bring three concepts.
These are the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV, Mitsubishi GC-PHEV and Mitsubishi Concept RA. The Japanese car company also celebrates 40 years of presence in Europe this year.

Regarding the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept, it is a compact crossover with a coupe shape and front wheel drive. The XR-PHEV is likely to anticipate design themes and maybe a few overall shapes for the next Outlander Sport compact crossover generation. The hybrid drive system consists of a classic turbocharged engine displacing 1.1 liters, with gasoline direct injection, plus a lightweight and compact electric motor and a high efficiency battery. Other technical details have not been disclosed.

The GC-PHEV Concept (Grand Cruiser Plug-In Hybrid-Electric Vehicle) is the next generation of hybrid SUV with permanent 4x4 drive. The model sees a 3.0 liter V6 MIVEC gasoline engine placed in the front, connected to an 8 speed gearbox, and an electric motor that provides traction for the rear axle, plus a high efficiency battery to ensure performance worthy of an all-terrain SUV. The Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system allows power to be sent to each wheel as required.

Mitsubishi has been absent from this segment since 2006, when it withdrawn the Montero. The largest vehicle in its current range is the Outlander mid-size crossover, launched in 2013.

The Mitsubishi AR (Active Runabout) Concept is a family car (MPV) which lends the performance of a SUV. With a long body and a blunt front, plus a vertical tail disguised by an angled roof pillar, the AR concept has a long center section dedicated to maximizing space for people as well as cargo.

The propulsion system is also hybrid, but not as powerful and advanced as the other two. It has a 1.1 liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 3 cylinders and direct injection, helped by a low-power electric motor fueled by a 48 V lithium-ion, and an air cooled DC-DC convertor.

This event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 40 years of presence and innovation Mitsubishi Motors had on the European market. Also, the Outlander PHEV will celebrate this success with its debut on the European market (already it has over 15,000 orders by 1 February).

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation was founded back in 1970. Now it is one of the few global car manufacturers that produce a full line of automotive products from mini cars, through passenger cars, to commercial vehicles, heavy trucks as well as buses. The company also deals with consumer financing services. These services are provided to its customer base.
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