By: IOL Motoring Staff
Mitsubishi will give its European customers a glimpse of its future plans - an 'augmented reality' interpretation of things to come in the short to medium term - at the 2014 Geneva auto show in March, with its three latest concept cars.
The emphasis, as always, is on design, driving performance and low environmental impact. In place of the usual dimly-lit studio teaser images, however, Mitsubishi has released these preliminary sketches from its design studio.
A coupé-like compact plug-in hybrid electric crossover using a front-wheel drive layout, with a 1.1-litre direct-injection turbopetrol triple, a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency electric motor and a high-capacity battery.
A full-size plug-in hybrid electric SUV with permanent all-wheel drive. Its front engined, rear-wheel drive architecture includes a three-litre supercharged petrol V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, a high-output electric motor and a high-capacity battery to deliver all-terrain performance worthy of an all-round SUV.
A compact MPV combining SUV sportiness with MPV roominess. It has a lightweight 'mild hybrid' belt-driven starter and generator torque circuit system with a 48V lithium-ion battery and an DC-DC converter, mated to the same 1.1-litre direct-injection turbopetrol triple as the XR.