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What In the Name of Weird and Pointless Concepts Is Mitsubishi Planning for the Tokyo Motor Show?

What In the Name of Weird and Pointless Concepts Is Mitsubishi Planning for the Tokyo Motor Show?

Creative juices tend to run wild when you’re looking for some attention

Mitsubishi is no stranger to swinging for the fences with its concept vehicles. Perhaps it comes with being a middling automaker that’s looking to attract as much attention as it possibly can. Or maybe Mitsubishi’s designers decided to lock themselves in a hotbox as they giggled their way into creating the company’s latest concept vehicle.

Either way, the automaker’s newest concept offering — it predictably doesn’t have a name yet — is one or the other, maybe even a combination of both. It’s a concept PHEV SUV, which is all Mitsubishi’s telling us. It also attached a teaser image of the concept, specifically showing four circular objects whose primary — and secondary, I suppose — purpose still escapes us.

That’s all that Mitsubishi is willing to divulge so we should be in for a few surprises when the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show opens its doors next month. Let’s just hope that those four circular things have a collective purpose beyond looking like the mouth of a mutated Venus Fly Trap.

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Mitsubishi Introduces Us To A Funny-Named Yet Smart Crossover At The 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Mitsubishi Introduces Us To A Funny-Named Yet Smart Crossover At The 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Don’t judge the Engelberg Tourer by its name

For some weird reason, Mitsubishi decided to name its latest plug-in crossover after a ski resort in Switzerland. Mooching off the Swiss, eh? I would have preferred naming it Roger, or Federer. Anyway, Mitsubishi unveiled the Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It seems to have drawn a lot of inspiration from the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept that was revealed in 2016. Could it be the next Outlander?

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Are Mitsubishi's SUV Plans Finally Within Sight?

Are Mitsubishi’s SUV Plans Finally Within Sight?

Debut of GT-PHEV Concept provides glimpse of next-generation Outlander

By now, most people in the industry know the running joke about Mitsubishi as the world’s foremost authority in building SUV concepts. The Japanese automaker has actually made it a specialty of sorts, if you can believe that. Since 2013, Mitsubishi has unveiled more concept SUVs than actual, real-life SUVs. There was the XR-PHEV, which actually gave way to a sequel concept, the XR-PHEV II. There was the EX, the GC-PHEV, and today at the Paris Motor Show, the GT-PHEV. At this point, an end-game for all of these Mitsubishi SUV concepts should be in sight, right?

Fortunately, there is. Mitsubishi’s long-term strategy has always been grounded on the objective of becoming a market leader in SUVs. Two of the aforementioned SUV concepts are expected to arrive in production form in the near future. The XR-PHEV II Concept, for instance, is reportedly set to arrive in 2017 as the Outlander Sport, while the production version of the eX Concept, will be packaged as a small crossover to rival the Nissan Juke. No timetable has been set for this model, but it is believed that this model is due for a production call-up when the Outlander Sport is released.

The GT-PHEV Concept that’s saying hello to the world in Paris is likely the long-term wait of the group. It’s been touted as a preview version of the next-generation Outlander, which isn’t expected to be released until 2018 at the earliest. The good news here is that the wheels are supposedly churning within Mitsubishi to finally bring these SUV concepts to life.

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2015 Mitsubishi eX Concept

2015 Mitsubishi eX Concept

Mitsubishi isn’t doing all that great in the U.S., currently offering only five vehicles in its lineup. Though the Outlander is doing well, the Lancer is on its way out, and both the i-MiEV and the Mirage are far from being big sellers in their respective segments. Meanwhile, the Japanese keep building concept cars that promise to revive the Mitsubishi brand. One such concept is the eX, which is scheduled to make its public debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

Featuring a bold design and exterior dimensions that would place it in the same niche as the Nissan Juke, the eX boasts an all-electric drivetrain and semi-autonomous technology, both of which will supposedly find their way into future production cars. Its design language is also said to inspire upcoming models, but there’s no actual schedule as to when that may happen.

Mitsubishi will likely tell us more at the Tokyo Motor Show, but what we do know for a fact is that the eX is a significant improvement over any EV the brand has launched until now. Keep reading to find out why.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mitsubishi eX Concept.

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Video: Mitsubishi Breaking the EV Record at the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Video: Mitsubishi Breaking the EV Record at the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

We’ve told you about the Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III the automaker took to the Pikes Peak hill climb in June 2014, but now we bring you this rather thrilling video. Strapped to driver Greg Tracy’s roll cage, the camera records his record-breaking hill climb time of just 9:08.188. That’s the fasted time ever recorded for an all-electric car and the second fastest time of the entire event.

It’s amazing to watch just how quickly the MiEV Evolution III accelerates and handles around those corners. Then again, it’s not surprising considering the vehicle’s four electric motors kick out 611 horsepower. Each of those four motors are mounted at each wheel and help power the car through corners without any wheel spin. It’s part of the Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel-drive system.

What’s more, the MiEV Evolution III had the advantage of not losing power as it climbed over 5,000 feet during its nine-minute run, unlike gasoline-powered vehicles. Also helping its case is a lightweight tube chassis and a wind tunnel-optimized body that helps cut through the air and provide substantial downforce at higher speeds.

Keep an eye on the speedometer as Tracy accelerates out of the hairpin corners. It’s amazing to watch the digits skip by, nearly counting by 10 as the scenery blurs by.

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2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III

2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III

Mitsubishi is returning to this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with an improved iteration of its MiEV electric race car. After coming second and third in the Electric Modified class last year, Mitsubishi will be looking to cross the finish line in first position with an aerodynamically optimized and more powerful vehicle.

Specifically developed for the grueling Pikes Peak course, The MiEV Evolution III benefits from a redesigned tube-frame chassis and reshaped bodywork, the latter modeled after extensive wind tunnel testing. The resulting single-seater is lighter that its predecessor and provides more downforce thanks to its huge front spoiler and massive rear wing.

Fitted with electric motors at all corners, the Evolution III is also a lot more powerful than last year’s model, as the units now deliver a total output of 611 horsepower (450 kW). That’s a 68-horsepower increase over the Evolution II, which had 543 electrified ponies (400 kW) on tap. Enabling the vehicle to handle all that additional power is Mitsubishi’s redesigned Super All-Wheel Crontrol (S-AWC) system, one that returns better handling and improved traction control.

Driving duties for the 2014 Pikes Peak were handled to Hirochi Masuoka and Greg Tracy, the same aces that took both MiEV Evo IIs to podium finishes last year. While Tracy is a six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion, Masuoka has yet to experience success in the Rocky Mountains. However, the Japanese has two Dakar Rally overall wins to his name.

The 92nd running of the "Race to the Clouds" is set to begin on June 29 near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III.

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2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of several all-electric cars available in the market today. Yes, it’s expensive and and very odd looking, to say the least, but it does have its place in the automotive world. It may not replace a conventionally powered car any time soon, but for quick drive to the nearest supermarket, this could do the job. And while doing so, it would emit zero harmful pollutants into the atmosphere.

Like most electric cars, the i-MiEV is based on a gasoline-powered car — the Mitsubishi i Kei, in this instance — with a few modifications to allow Mitsubishi to squeeze-in an electric motor and a set of batteries. The i Kei was best suited for the conversion, thanks to its long wheelbase and short overhangs that provided decent room for 4 to 5 adults. Additionally, its five-door hatchback design meant there was ample cargo room, as well.

More than the technical drawbacks of an electric car over conventionally powered automobiles is the high cost of manufacturing, which hampers its market penetration. Mitsubishi is striving to get these costs down and appears to have driven them down slightly for 2014, as it has decided to slash the price of the i-MiEV electric car.

With revised pricing and a new list of standard features, how does the i-MiEV stack up against its competition? Read on to find.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution All-Electric Prototype

2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution All-Electric Prototype

Mitsubishi is preparing to enter this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb held from June 25 to June 30 with a specially prepared MiEV Evolution II all-electric prototype. Mitsubishi will have two entries in the competition and is hoping for an overall first place. Mitsubishi climbed the Pikes Peak last year for the first time when it managed to finish second in the Electric Division.

The prototype prepared for this year’s climb once again uses parts used in production vehicles combined with a high-capacity battery and high-output motors both specially designed by MMC’s suppliers.

When compared to the model raced last year, the new MiEV Evolution II receives a S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamics control system that helps increase handling and control.

The first MiEV Evolution II will be driven by two-time Dakar Rally overall champion Hiroshi Masuoka and the second one by Greg Tracy, six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution competitors.

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2013 Mitsubishi CA-MiEV Concept

2013 Mitsubishi CA-MiEV Concept

Japanese automaker Mitsubishi has never been one to look for the spotlight. Even if they have concepts in these auto shows, they’re more than content to show their latest offerings without any hints of trying to upstage anybody else.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Mitsu will be bringing two concepts that will probably get little attention but are no less important, as it pertains to the future of their vehicular lineup. One of these concepts is called the CA-MiEV Concept.

Described as a next-generation EV that follows in the reins of the MiEV, the CA-MiEV will feature a slew of new technologies to go with what looks like an aggressively designed exterior that’s highlighted by a pretty striking set of LED headlights. We don’t know about you, but we’re very interested to see this concept with the lights on.

As far as the technologies are concerned, Mitsubishi is indicating that the CA-MiEV will carry a lot of them, including high-energy-density batteries and high-efficiency EV systems (motor, inverter, regenerative braking and wireless charging system) with both systems, enabling the concept to carry a cruising range of 300 km.

We’re looking forward to seeing what Mitsubishi has with the CA-MiEV. At the very least, this could be an interesting concept that brings attention back to the Japanese automaker.

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2012 Mitsubishi U.S Spec i-MiEV

2012 Mitsubishi U.S Spec i-MiEV

We’ve heard plenty of rumors that Mitsubishi might be pulling out of the United States’ car market and it’s not hard to see why such a rumor is circulating. Let’s face facts, the automaker hasn’t exactly had a big hit in America for some time and the only real seller in their lineup is the Lancer and even that is lagging behind the competition.

It goes on as well. The Galant is old and dull, theEclipse got fat and slow, the Endeavor is just bad and the Outlander series has the look, but not much else. Even theLancer Evolution has been a slow seller. So, what can this company do to save themselves from becoming just a page in automotive history?

Well, that’s where the i-MiEV comes in. It might not look like a Nissan Leaf beater, but it should offer up some fierce competition.

Hit the jump to read on.

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The Electric Future

The Electric Future

The idea of the electric car is nothing new. It has actually been around for quite some time. In fact, according to a few new rumors and The Telegraph, the first electric car idea came from way back in 1884 with a vehicle created by British inventor Thomas Parker. The electric car, in theory, is one of the greatest ideas to ever hit the automotive world. No emissions, no instant torque, and no obnoxiously loud noise, plus there is little chance that a fire could occur in the event of a wreck. So what went wrong?

Well, as great as the idea was there are a few problems that hamper the car’s progress. The batteries have to be special and rather heavy; no double A is powerful enough for a moving vehicle. Modern cars weigh a lot and they need to be able to travel at high rate of speeds on the motorway, so the batteries need to be strong and luckily, there are a few companies working to make these machines possible.

Japanese automaker Nissan will soon release the Leaf, a pure electric vehicle that will surely change the way we think about modern cars, especially for city use. The Leaf isn’t the only electric car in the world. There are few others you might see roaming around the world’s many streets in a few years. These include the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Mini E, and the Smart ED. These are all real cars that you won’t be able to buy if you live in America, at least not yet. They have passed crash tests and offer the same sort of features that you will need in order to go on a road trip.

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Mitsubishi and Toshiba announce battery partnership

Mitsubishi and Toshiba announce battery partnership

Mitsubishi and Toshiba have just announced a new partnership, aimed at developing lithium-ion batteries for vehicles.

Toshiba, a maker of electronic goods, has been making a few inroads into the automotive industry as of late. The most recent piece of news came when the company announced that it would build electric motors for Ford in June.

The company is now in a partnership with Japanese automaker Mitsubishi, according to Bloomberg. Yuki Murata, a spokesperson for Mitsubishi said the automaker has not yet decided if they will actually use the batteries.

The spokesperson also mentioned that if testing goes according to plan, the company will use the batteries. He pointed out that Toshiba has been working on batteries for a year and it will finish up testing before they approach the automaker to create a formal usage agreement.

This new agreement could help Mitsubishi catch Toyota and Honda in the development of electric cars, as the automaker has yet to produce anything that can rival the Prius or theCR-Z.

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UK Police to use Mitsubishi i-MiEV

UK Police to use Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Over on the other side of the pond, the UK is getting set to unveil their all-new bad guy-chasing police cruiser, but unlike the new2011 Chevrolet Caprice, which will be used in the US, the chaps from the UK have decided to crack down on their own criminals with the new Mitsubishi all-electric i-MiEV.

It seems odd to us that the UK police’s vehicle-of-choice in apprehending the baddies is an electric car is neither fast nor intimidating. But as it turns out, the compact electric car was displayed in full police regalia at the National Police Show last month. Since then, the i-MiEV, which runs on an electric motor and has a top speed of 130 km/h, has become somewhat of a hot item among police units in the country, a lot of them even resorting to asking Mitsubishi for some trial cars.

From our end, we have no idea how the i-MiEV can hold its own in against, say, a runaway Aston Martin, but then again, the UK Police Force must have something up their sleeves as far as tinkering with the i-MiEV is concerned.

We just can’t picture the electric car to exude the kind of menacing badass-ness police cruisers are known to have.

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Rumors: Mitsubishi is planning a Volt competitor

Rumors: Mitsubishi is planning a Volt competitor

Even if the news is not official, the latest reports are saying that the Japanese automaker, Mitsubishi, has plans to unveil an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) at the Tokyo motor show at the end of October and into the beginning of the next month. The diamond star electric car will first be revealed as a concept followed by an all new production version that will be in dealerships by the end of 2010.

The new Mitsubishi EREV will be a compact crossover, similar in size to the Toyota RAV4 and will use a drive train similar to Chevrolet’s E-Flex platform on which the Volt is built with its 660 cc three cylinder gasoline engine acting exclusively as a generator that produces electricity to charge the EREV’s 21st century lithium-ion batteries.

The new Mitsubishi will not limit owners to around town commuting. Acting exclusively on electric power, and producing zero emissions, the EREV will have a range of 40 miles. However if you don’t mind polluting in the most efficient manner possible, you can travel up to 200 miles while using the generator to restore energy to the batteries.

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2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV Sport Air

2009 Mitsubishi i MiEV Sport Air

Mitsubishi officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show the iMiEV SPORT AIR - a concept for a sporty electric vehicle that gives an indication of the direction EVs may take in the future.

i MiEV SPORT AIR employs the same rear-midship layout as i MiEV but uses a more powerful version of the permanent magnet synchronous electric motor that powers the base model, generating 60 kW of power (against i MiEV’s 47 kW) and 230 Nm of torque (180 Nm.) The car also exploits its long wheelbase to locate the large-capacity lithium-ion battery system under the floor deck.

To lower the center of gravity and increase driving stability the main EV system components (battery module, inverter, battery charger) are located as low as possible. The roof panel is made of lightweight plastic to facilitate fitting and removal as well as to further lower the car’s center of gravity. i MiEV SPORT AIR ’s modular body structure uses tailgate panels and plastic body to reduce weight around the rear axle where the powertrain and EV system components are installed and thereby achieve an ideal 50:50 front/rear weight distribution.

Press release after the jump.

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Mitsubishi increasing i-MiEV production

Mitsubishi increasing i-MiEV production

Due to the positive feedback received from the UK and different European markets for the i-MiEV, Mitsubishi decided to raise the production to 10,000 units(from 2,000 ) for the electric city car which is scheduled for release in 2009 in the Japanese market and 2010 in Europe. The company finalised a joint venture with Lithium Energy Japan in order to build a new plant in Japan, this being an imperative to be capable of supplying the increasing demand.

According to the company’s officials, the new plant will be ready for use by next April and will initially produce 1 million palm size lithium-ion cells a year, considered enough to power the 10,000 vehicles. They also plan a second new plant by 2012 making another investment of 10 billion yen. It seems that the UK subsidiary of Mitsubishi already made a demand for the first 2,000 units produced in order to make a launch in London in 2009. The company still has to decide whether they will support this request.

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Mitsubishi i going electric

Mitsubishi i going electric

Mitsubishi will unveil its first electric car in 2010 in Japan, and one year after on the European market. Mitsubishi expects to sale around 2000-3000 units a year.
The electric engine of the Mitsubishi i will have an output of 63 hp and a peak torque of 133 lbs-ft. Top speed will be around 81 mph.
Starting August Mitsubishi wants to extend the range of the lithium-ion batteries from the current car’s 100-mile limit to 125 (...)

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evo going electric

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo going electric

Is it just me or really the future is about Electric Cars? It seems so, because lately we gave you so many news about electric models coming on the market and about makers wanted to produce electric cars. And now is Mitsubishi’s turn to consider an electric prototype for the Lancer Evo.
The new Lancer Evolution MIEV (short for Mitsubishi In-wheel motor Elec­tric Vehicle) makes the 0 to 60mph in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 115mph. The MIEV, tipped to hit the road within four to five (...)

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2006 Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle

2006 Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has built a new research vehicle, the Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV)*1 for a next-generation EV development project. The electric vehicle (EV) will be used for joint research programmes with power companies that have been working on the promotion of EVs. The power companies will conduct field tests, gather data and evaluate the commercial viability of the vehicle. MMC will provide power companies with EVs and analyse field test data collected by them.

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Mitsubishi will sell electric cars in USA

Mitsubishi will sell electric cars in USA

Mitsubishi has announced that has plans to sell small electric cars in USA. The vehicle, powered by a lithium-ion battery, will be launched first in Japan. A hybrid version of the car also might be available.
The electric car is the way to go because it has zero emissions. "Fuel cell technology is still off in the future. Diesels are big in Europe but not in Japan and the U.S."
Mitsubishi has been testing hybrid and electric cars in Japan. In January, it unveiled a hybrid concept at the (...)

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