Through them, the Japanese manufacturer previews its “new design that symbolizes the functionality and reassuring safety inherent to SUVs, the three concepts take as their theme MMC’s @earth TECHNOLOGY.”
The first is called the Concept XR-PHEV, and as its name suggests it’s a plug-in hybrid and once you look at it, it does strike you as the Nissan Juke-resembling front-wheel drive crossover that it is. Power for this city-dwelling high-rider comes from “a downsized 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine, a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency motor with a high-capacity battery.”
The larger of the two off-road biased models shown, called Concept GC-PHEV, also uses both gasoline and electricity for optimum motion, though it uses more of each than the much smaller and lighter XR. It’s a front-engined rear-wheel drive layout model with power coming from a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 and electric motor; there’s an eight-speed autobox crammed in there as well.
The Concept AR is different from the other two in that it’s “a next-generation compact MPV which combines SUV maneuverability with MPV roominess.” It uses the same powertrain as the XR concept.
By Andrei Nedelea