Mitsubishi Hyaku Design Study Celebrates Marque’s Centenary By Looking To The Future

Mitsubishi has long since fallen off our radar among the most noteworthy Japanese automakers. But with Nissan’s patronage, it’s bound for resurgence. And the turnaround couldn’t come on a more auspicious occasion.

While the parent company has been around a lot longer, the unit known today as Mitsubishi Motors (founded as the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Company) will mark its 100th anniversary this year. So to mark the occasion, designer Gabor Farkas has cooked up this rather slick design.

We’ve featured some of Farkas’ past designs on this site before, and they’ve all focused on the same brand. But this latest project takes things in a rather more forward-looking direction.

Called the Hyaku concept (from the Japanese for “100”), the design study envisions a futuristic, self-driving electric coupe. Farkas has adopted the traditional Japanese aesthetic approach of “Shibui,” with clean, minimalistic lines unadorned by any extraneous elements. So while the LED strips and chrome details suggest Mitsubishi’s signature grille design, it doesn’t actually need one.

The pillarless windows open unobstructedly, the sensors are hidden, and there’s no extra aero appendages tacked on like you might find on, say, a Lancer Evo – which is likely to remain our favorite of Mitsubishi’s products for the foreseeable future.

The design also takes advantage of its compact electric powertrain components to allow for ample luggage space under the front hood while giving the vehicle a dynamic silhouette reminiscent of a classic grand tourer – or, in the designer’s words, a high-speed Shinkansen train.

All this in a form closer in size to a Nissan GT-R than a 370Z, for comparison’s sake. And who knows, with the expertise of the Renault-Nissan Alliance in electric vehicles to bring to bear, it may not be that far off.

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  • Owen Hamilton

    Seeing as Nissan don’t make saloons there probably won’t be another Evo saloon so I wouldn’t mind seeing a new Mitsubishi FTO with either 370Z or GTR underpinnings.

    • Infinite1

      I doubt Nissan will ever share anything from the GTR, but possibly the Z.

      I would love to see the return of the FTO or a successor to the Eclipse but with the Mitsubishi have move towards, I’m not holding my breath.

  • chumaxa .

    This is really bad looking from any aspect, car/design/art/proportions, it does not make your website looks Professional.

    • Bo Hanan

      I agree. This doesn’t look like a celebration. Funeral, yes!

      • fabri99

        Well, Mitsubishi is closer to a funeral than a celebration, so…

  • Vantoom

    apart from the bad emoji front end design, bad rendering and presentation. Bad bad bad

  • Mill0048

    Try again, Mitsu.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Wasn’t actually Mitsubishi. It’s a spec design.

      • Mill0048

        Either the post was updated or I missed the part about it being Gabor Farkas’ design. Thanks for pointing that out. 🙂

        • Six Thousand Times

          It was a little hard to decipher and you weren’t the only person to have been misled.

  • sidewaysspin

    Looks more British than Japanese.

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  • Dennis Scipio

    Come on it’s just a concept vehicle, not even an official one . Interior looks appealing but jeez, I’ve never seen so much hate for an automotive company in most recent years than Mitsubishi.

    • Six Thousand Times

      You’ve missed me on Chrysler/Dodge. 😉

  • KidRed

    Sad, even their concepts are ugly.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Not one of theirs.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Really, this is what you bring to show your future? It doesn’t look good guys…might start getting the resumes sorted. Well, except for the design team, you guys should just call it quits, or go back to Studebaker to find their future. Oh wait they don’t have one.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Not an official Mitsubishi design.

  • Chad Gordon

    It’s not April first is it?

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  • Auto

    OH MY GOD a Mitsubishi that’s not a crossover?

    • Six Thousand Times

      And not even a Mitsubishi design.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I don’t know why I like it, but I do. It seems that it would make a great premise for a Volvo, Ford, or even a Jaguar. The front and rear are mostly ugly(albeit intelligent), but it has the stuff to be a great design.

  • Mark S

    It is at least interesting.

  • nellydesign

    Guys… I’m not sure why this designer is having his work featured on here. It’s not remotely good. The design looks like it was conceived in 3D. This is not a good thing. Car design starts in the sketch phase where all the bugs are worked out before being refined in 3D, either in digital or clay. This looks like a Rhino model from a high school student done over the course of a day or two. It is not cohesive. Even Mitsubishi could come up with something better than this, and they made this…×422/quality/95/