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Geneva 2014: Mitsubishi Presents 3 Future Concepts

Monday, February 17, 2014 – 03:14:36

Geneva 2014: Mitsubishi Presents 3 Future Concepts
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By James Wilkins

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 4×4 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Mitsubishi has been absent from this segment since 2006, when it withdrawn the Montero.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.
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