Mitsubishi Teases New SUV and MPV Concepts for Tokyo Motor Show

Mitsubishi has announced it will display three world premiere concept cars at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show (November 23 – December 1). According to the Japanese automaker, the three studies incorporate “a new design identity that symbolizes the sense of security and functionality of an SUV.” The three concept vehicles also highlight Mitsubishi’s next-generation technologies that are focused on “environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, toughness and safety.” All studies are said to feature a futuristic design, with common elements being the long horizontal headlights and the wide grilles. The first one, featured in the middle of the group photo, is called the Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV. It is described as a next-generation full-size SUV that uses a high output plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system. The automaker says the study combines the dynamic drivability of an SUV with “class-leading environmental performance.” The GC-PHEV features the brand’s S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) system, next-generation preventive safety technology and driver support technology through wireless connectivity. The second study is the Concept XR-PHEV (the first from the left), a next-generation compact SUV that features a lightweight PHEV system with “dramatically enhanced environmental performance.” It looks like it’s the sleekest of the three, with its body style resembling a sport coupe, and promises to offer nimble drivability. Finally, the third study, called Concept AR, is a next-generation compact MPV that offers both the mobility of an SUV and the interior space of an MPV, always according to the automaker. Powered by a downsized direct-injection turbocharged engine, the Concept AR offers an “enveloping interior design” and many seat arrangements. By Dan Mihalascu