Mitsubishi unveils ‘buggy” type hybrid at Tokyo Motor Show

Brian Joss – Mitsubishi Motor Corporation (MMC) unveiled the MI-Tech Concept small-sized electrified SUV concept car and the Super Height K-Wagon Concept Kei car at the Tokyo Motor Show which opened today, October 25.

Takao Kato, chief executive officer, MMC, and Ashwani Gupta, chief operating officer, MMC explained the companies electrification strategy. 

 “We are dedicated to electrification technology, particularly plug-in hybrids (PHEVs),” Kato said. “We will be expanding our lineup of electrified vehicles by delivering more variations and leveraging the diverse electrification technology in the alliance to make MMC the leader in the PHEV category going forward.” 

Gupta added that MMC plans to employ any of its electrification technologies to new midsize and compact SUV by 2022 as well as Kei car in the near future.

 The company announced that the K-Wagon concept is the second wave of the next-generation Kei cars, and plans to release it by the end of this fiscal year.

The MI-Tech Concept  was built to be “small plug-in hybrid (PHEV) electric SUV that delivers over all terrain in light and wind.” This concept car embodies the MMC brand statement “Drive Your Ambition” with a lightweight, compact, new PHEV drivetrain, a four-motor electric 4WD system, and advanced driver assist and preventive safety technologies-all packed into the small-sized electrified SUV.  It is designed to be a dynamic buggy-type vehicle that embodies the very essence of Mitsubishi-ness.  The power generator in the new PHEV drivetrain is a lightweight, compact gas turbine engine-generator in place of the traditional gasoline engine. As environmental awareness grows and downsizing progresses, the concept explores the technological proposition to plug the PHEV drivetrain into a small SUV. The gas turbine engine-generator has a powerful output for its size and weight.

 Another benefit of the gas turbine is its flexibility to run on a variety of fuels such as diesel, kerosene and alcohol which can be selected depending on the regions. Further, its exhaust is clean so it responds to environmental and energy issues, among them sensing technology including advanced optical sensors on an augmented reality (AR) windshield. is a next-generation super height Kei wagon that caters to drivers who want to go more places and longer distances. Offering the wide-open passenger space of a super height Kei wagon, it delivers the performance and functionality required in that vehicle.

 The Engelberg Tourer is a SUV with three-row seats and powered by MMC’s own Twin Motor PHEV drivetrain developed in the Outlander PHEV with the addition of next-generation electrification and with a fully charged battery and full fuel tank it has a total cruising range of more than 700 km.

CAPTION: The MI-Tech Concept: an electrified buggy. Picture: Quickpic

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