Mitsubishi previews Tokyo Motor Show concepts

Three SUVs featuring hybrid technology lead the pack

Mitsubishi will have a total of 17 cars at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Photo credit: Mitsubishi Motors
Mitsubishi Motors has released more details on three concept cars at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, and all three are SUVs with hybrid technology. The carmaker announced the concepts earlier in October.

First up is the Concept GC-PHEV, in the center of the photo, a next-generation full-size SUV with full-time four-wheel drive. A front-engined vehicle with a plug-in hybrid powerplant consisting of a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged MIVEC engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, Concept GC-PHEV will combine a high-output electric motor and a high-capacity battery for all-terrain performance. Out of the three concepts, this one seems to be the closest candidate for production, even though it lacks visible door handles.

The Concept XR-PHEV is meant to preview a next-generation compact SUV. This smaller vehicle, shown on the right, will be using a 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine alongside an electric motor powered by a "high-capacity" battery, high enough that the SUV is called a plug-in hybrid.

The Concept AR is a roomy, compact MPV that will feature the maneuverability of an SUV. Shown on the left in the main photo, this car will use a mild hybrid system, not a plug-in, which will utilize the 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine.

All three concepts will preview Mitsubishi's latest e-Assist active safety technologies, which include a "danger-detection system" that will activate corresponding safety functions, and a failure/malfunction early detection system that will alert the driver to the need to make repairs or seek maintenance.

All together, Mitsubishi will be showing a total of 17 models when the Tokyo Motor Show opens.

About the Tokyo Motor Show

Japan is once again among the leaders of the global auto industry, and the Tokyo Motor Show promises to showcase the best of what that country has to offer. From green cars to supercars, technology to design, 2013 promises to be a banner year for the Tokyo Motor Show. Autoweek will be on the show floor, bringing you the latest Tokyo reviews, news, photo galleries and videos right here.

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