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by Tim Beissmann

The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II has been revealed ahead of its world premiere at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show on November 30.

The PX MiEV II previews the design and technology of the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander, which is expected to launch globally in 2013.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia’s Lenore Fletcher said the key design elements of the PX-MiEV II would influence the new Outlander.

“You can be fairly assured [the styling] will be carried over when it becomes a production vehicle,” Ms Fletcher said.

She said the new Mitsubishi Outlander was still more than 12 months away, suggesting the current model is likely to continue in Australia throughout 2012 and partway into 2013.

The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II is powered by an efficient plug-in hybrid system, incorporating two 60kW electric motors mounted at the front and rear, and a 70kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine/generator.

Mitsubishi says the all-wheel drive medium SUV will have an electric driving range of 50km and a combined hybrid range in excess of 800km, making it capable of zero-emissions city driving and efficient long-distance highway cruising.

With 100 per cent of the electric motors’ torque available from start-up, Mitsubishi says the acceleration of the plug-in system will be comparable to a 3.0-litre V6 engine.

At 4660mm long, 1830mm wide and 1680mm tall, the PX-MiEV II is 20mm longer, 30mm wider and 60mm lower than the current-generation Outlander, suggesting the new model could have a lower-profile stance.

The twin electric motors are teamed with the S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) four-wheel drive system from the Lancer Evolution X, promising driving pleasure, easy manoeuvrability and high levels of safety and stability.

Ms Fletcher said the plug-in hybrid technology showcased in the PX-MiEV II would reach production by 2015, potentially sooner, and would flow through to the Australian line-up shortly after its global launch.




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