It’s been a busy month for Mitsubishi. Locally, it recently launched the Euro 4-compliant L300 followed by the new Montero Sport just last week. On the international side of things, the second most popular Japanese car brand has been busy preparing for the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of this month. Excitement has been building up for the world premiere of its upcoming concept, which now has a name: Mi-Tech.
Mitsubishi dropped another teaser photo of the concept car, which reveals more than just the four rear turbines and hint of a rear engine they showed last time. It’s classified as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and it pairs an electric powertrain with a gas turbine engine generator instead of the usual gasoline-powered mill. This new pairing allows the Mi-Tech to run like a full-electric vehicle, Mitsubishi claims.
The concept car is also roofless, making it an instant head-turner.
Mitsubishi touted the turbine engine’s space-saving benefits, which helps maximize space in the small SUV. A quad-motor, four-wheel drive system puts two electric motors at each axle to provide maximum torque to be delivered to all four wheels, which basically provides the Mi-Tech with the best 4WD capabilities anyone could ask for.
The concept also comes with a human-machine interface (HMI) that projects trip information and other data onto the augmented reality (AR) windshield. There’s also the Mi-Pilot driver assistance system that provides alerts while also providing artificial intelligence (AI) control of the steering and brakes in case of emergencies.
All these goodies make the Mi-Tech the definite car to watch out for during the Tokyo Motor Show. Hopefully, Mitsubishi reveals more about the concept before it breaks cover on October 24.
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