Mitsubishi MI-Tech Is A Cabrio Plug-in SUV With A Gas Turbine Engine-Generator

We can now give you a better (and much brighter) view of Mitsibushi’s MI-Tech convertible SUV, thanks to Carscoops readers Sean S. and Denis S. who sent us an image of the new concept. (Updated Oct 21/2019)

Mitsubishi has released more details about its lineup at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show (October 24 – November 4), which includes the world premieres of two concept cars.

We’ve already seen an intriguing teaser image of the MI-Tech Concept small electrified SUV, and now it’s time for much more revealing one. The photo shows the vehicle from the side, revealing the silhouette of a high-riding, two-seat roadster featuring two aero cowls behind the cockpit.

The apparent lack of doors, a bulged bonnet and massive wheel arch extensions that look as if made from carbon fiber are also noticeable. The LED headlights and taillights seem to follow Mitsubishi’s latest design language and the dashboard adopts a minimalist look with a “floating” center console.

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Mitsubishi MI-Tech Concept

Described as “an electric SUV that delivers unparalleled driving pleasure and confidence over all terrain in light and wind,” the MI-Tech Concept packs a new downsized and lighter plug-in hybrid drivetrain, a four-motor electric 4WD system, as well as advanced driver assistance and active safety systems.

Interestingly, the PHEV system features a gas turbine generator instead of a traditional gasoline engine, which likely explains the presence of four round ventilators behind the cockpit. The powertrain enables the use of all-electric driving mode and a series of hybrid modes, and “delivers the smooth and powerful performance characteristics inherent to electrified vehicles.”

Mitsubishi MI-Tech Concept

The quad motor 4WD system is officially called “Quad Motor with Dual Motor AYC” (where AYC stands for Active Yaw Control) and features two electric motors on each axle, allowing for increased maneuverability on- and off-road.

Finally, the MI-Tech Concept is packed full of technology, adopting a human machine interface (HMI) that projects information gathered by its advanced optical sensing technology onto the AR windshield. Safety-wise, it features a MI-Pilot driver assistance system that alerts in case of potential collisions and supports the driver’s operation of the steering wheel and brakes. Additionally, active safety systems help the driver avoid collisions or mitigate the collision damage.

Mitsubishi Super Height K-Wagon Concept

In addition to the MI-Tech Concept, Mitsubishi’s stand at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show will include another world premiere: the Super Height K-Wagon Concept. Previewing a next-generation kei car, the study features SUV-flavored design, a roomy interior typical of the segment, and MI-Pilot driver assistance technology.

Other exhibits that will be on display in Tokyo include the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer (Japan premiere), Delica D:5 minivan, eK Cross kei car, and the Dendo Drive House (DDH) V2H system consisting of an EV, a V2H adapter, solar panels and a domestic storage battery.

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  • ThatGuy

    It was done already. Can’t advertise it new and groundbreaking.
    Also don’t say we the first to do it in SUV format.

    GM had a winning formula then, should have stuck to their guns, produced it across all their platforms.
    Years ago i thought this is genius, it can be the best way to power a electric motors with and engine that just idles and charges batteries and propels the vehicle through electric motors.

    • McFly

      But doesn’t Volt have an ordinary petrol engine, not a turbine?

      Anyway, Volvo had a serial hybrid concept with turbine already in 1992, so not even that is revolutionary in a concept.

      • ThatGuy

        True McFLy that’s the just of it, it’s not new or pioneering. Its rehashing old ways and calling yourself the innovator of the technology.

  • Joe

    The “Super Height K-Wagon” is essentially the 2nd generation Mitsubishi eK Space & Nissan Dayz Roox.

  • JqC

    The concept, in this day and age, of developing a ICE-based turbine system to power an EV is as silly as the idea, a decade back, of producing the iPhone and running it on Blackberry software. Please stop. Stop, and take a moment to realise that battery technology is literally developing, evolving, and accelerating at such a pace that effective EV ranges will surpass normal mainstream ICE vehicle ranges within 1-2 years. There’s no effective reason for this tomfoolery.

    • NekoGeko

      EV`s will never beat ICE vehicles on two parameters – weight and refuel time.

  • SteersUright

    Glad to see Mitsubishi back in the game. Wish them well.

  • MarkoS

    The toned down styling looks better. Would love to see Mitsubishi back in the game.


  • Dennis Scipio

    I feel so great that I was one of the people credited.

  • Brian Regan

    I know it isn’t for everyone, but of all the wacky Japanese design languages Mitsubishi has my favorite.

  • MarketAndChurch

    That 2-seater is hot af!

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