Mitsubishi has always been an automaker who deals in the future; now, with their wide array of exciting concept cars, they’re giving us our first glimpse at what “tomorrow” will look like in the automotive world. From new EV’s to powerful SUV’s, Mitsubishi is creating a future for Mitsubishi models to stand out from the rest.
First things first, we have to talk about the EV. EVs (Electric Vehicles) are becoming more and more relevant. Mitsubishi already has its immensely popular subcompact i-MiEV and Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), but they are not stopping with these two models. Mitsubishi released its plans for the PX MiEV, a plug-in hybrid vehicle with a three power system: one front and one back magnet synchronous electric motor and an efficient MIVEC gasoline engine to act as a generator. This stylish SUV will save you big time in fuel costs (not to mention in emissions) without making you sacrifice power.
"Mitsubishi PX-MiEV(24)" by El monty - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
The PX MiEV is just one of many EVs and PHEVs coming up from Mitsubishi. There’s also the XR-PHEV, a sleek crossover; the MiEV Evolution II, an all-electric high-output performance racer; the GR-HEV, a mix of Mitsubishi’s famed Triton pick-up and something out of a sci-fi novel (a really good sci-fi novel, though); and the CA-MiEV, a safety-first yet elegant hatchback. For the electric future, Mitsubishi is ready. In addition, the Mitsubishi’s SUV line-up is clearly becoming a newly revamped and heavily stacked segment the auto brand.
"Salon de l'auto de Genève 2014 - 20140305 - Mitsubishi XR-PHEV" by Clément Bucco-Lechat - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Last but not least, Mitsubishi isn’t just ignoring gasoline, but it is improving upon it with its new Concept AR. The AR is Mitsubishi’s next-gen Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) incorporating a lightweight hybrid powering system and a laundry list of exceptional safety technologies. We hope that elements of this AR concept will make its way into the standard Mitsubishi vehicles of the future.
"Salon de l'auto de Genève 2014 - 20140305 - Mitsubishi Concept AR 1" by Clément Bucco-Lechat - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Although, these vehicles are all concept models, there are elements that will help give us some insight as to what Mitsubishi is working towards as a brand. It is clear that electric vehicles will be part of this plan as well as a focus on developing safety features for a brand that is already ahead of the curve in terms of safety features and technologies. Here at Pete Moore Mitsubishi in Pensacola, we are anxiously (and impatiently) waiting to see what these concepts will develop into in the new couple of years!