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by Tim Beissmann

Mitsubishi will showcase its design and technology future when it unveils three new concept vehicles at next month’s Tokyo motor show.

The Japanese manufacturer’s stand will feature two plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and one turbo model designed to give an insight into Mitsubishi’s vision for a next-generation small MPV and two SUVs.

The Mitsubishi GC-PHEV concept (pictured top) will preview the all-new Mitsubishi Pajero that is set to launch next year – some 15 years after the current-generation full-size 4WD debuted in 1999.

Mitsubishi says the GC-PHEV concept (for ‘Grand Cruiser’) features a plug-in hybrid powertrain and the brand’s ‘super all-wheel control’ vehicle dynamic control system, which claims to provide “off-road capability and sure-footed driving dynamics”.

The concept will also feature Mitsubishi’s latest preventative safety and driver support technologies that utilise mobile network connectivity.

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Alongside the GC-PHEV will be the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept, a compact SUV that is likewise powered by a “lightweight and super-efficient” plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Mitsubishi says the XR-PHEV (for ‘Cross Runner) will offer “agile driving dynamics and sport coupe-like styling”, potentially giving an early look at the second-generation ASX crossover, expected in the second half of this decade.

The third of the show cars – the Mitsubishi AR concept – is a compact multi-purpose vehicle, potentially previewing a new-generation Grandis, which was sold in Australia between 2004 and 2010.

Powered by a turbocharged small-capacity direct injection engine, the AR concept (for ‘Active Runabout’) claims to combine SUV-style practicality and mobility with the occupant space of a traditional people-mover.

Mitsubishi says the trio highlights its pursuit of “environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, off-road performance and safety” for its next generation of passenger vehicles in line with the company’s ‘@earth’ philosophy.

The concepts will debut at the Tokyo motor show on November 22.




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