Mitsubishi Reveals GC-PHEV, XR-PHEV, AR Concepts Ahead Of Tokyo Show Photo:
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TMR Team | Nov, 01 2013 | 2 Comments

A trio of new Mitsubishi concepts has rolled out of the shadows today, offering a first revealing look at the company's next-generation styling.

Bound for this month's Tokyo Motor Show, the new concepts are also a technology showcase for the Japanese carmaker, evolving the systems revealed with recent green-focused offerings.

Just how much of this technology and out-there styling will feature in future production models is unclear, although it is likely that we are now seeing a first glimpse of the next Pajero and ASX.

At the heavy end of the trio is the 'Grand Cruiser' GC-PHEV, motivated by a plug-in hybrid system, matched to Mitsubishi's Super All Wheel Control system.

For this high-riding battleship, Mitsubishi has partnered a supercharged 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine with a high-output electric motor, a high-capacity battery and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

All of this is matched to Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel-Control system, and an array of preventative safety and driver-assist technologies.

The sleeker and smaller of the two SUV concepts is the 'Cross Runner' XR-PHEV, again powered by a plug-in electric hybrid system.

This likely ASX replacement is a front-wheel-drive crossover that pairs a 1.1 litre direct-injected and turbocharged petrol engine with a lightweight electric motor.

At the smallest end of the trio is the 'Active Runabout' Concept AR, described as a multi-purpose vehicle with the "practicality and mobility of an SUV" and the interior space of a small people-mover.

This green machine also gets a 1.1 litre turbo engine, matched to an electric motor for a more conventional hybrid system.

Power and efficiency figures for these three concepts are still to be announced.

Further technical details for the three concepts won't be revealed until their Tokyo debut, where we will likely learn more about future production plans.

So, that's the next Pajero and ASX previewed, along with a new compact people-mover. But what about the next Lancersmall car?

You won't see one at Tokyo this year, but Mitsubishi Motors Corporation President Osamu Masuko told TMR at last year's Australian International Motor Show that the company's new small sedan will appear in 2014.

Details of the new Lancer have not been revealed, although we can expect this new styling language - along with the new petrol and hybrid engines - to star.

“The new Lancer will be a very new car, and will be sized somewhere between the current model and its predecessor (sold here 2002-07)”, Masuko-san said.

Could we be seeing the birth of a revitalised Mitsubishi? Time will tell, but we'll know more when the Tokyo Motor Show hits next month.

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