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Mitsubishi sketches its future plans

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.

CONCEPT XR-PHEV: A coupe-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.CONCEPT GC-PHEV: 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.CONCEPT AR: A compact MPV using a 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.

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.

CONCEPT XR-PHEV

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.

CONCEPT GC-PHEV

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.

CONCEPT AR

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.

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