Mitsubishi has handed down new artwork that hints at a bold design direction for the carmaker's future models.
The new styling language is destined for a Tokyo Motor Show debut next month, where Mitsubishi will unveil three new concepts.
Don't expect a new Lancer to be among the concepts, however: Mitsubishi plans to show off two new SUV models and a new compact people-mover.
The largest of the three models - potentially a long-overdue replacement for the ageing Pajero - is the 'Grand Cruiser' GC-PHEV, powered by a high-output plug-in hybrid system, matched to Mitsubishi's Super All Wheel Control system.
Next down is the 'Cross Runner' XR-PHEV, very likely a preview of the next-generation ASX compact SUV. This concept is also powered by a plug-in hybrid system, and Mitsubishi promises "sport coupe-like styling".
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.
Unlike its larger siblings, the Concept AR is powered by a small-capacity direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine.
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.
And, while a new Lancer won't be on show, 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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