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Mitsubishi's concept SUV on display

 

The PX-MiEV has gone on show at the Tokyo Motor Show, revealing the hybrid technology set to feature in future Mitsubishi models

The PX-MiEV is Mitsubishi's first serious venture into hybrid passenger vehicles. Previously its focus had centred around the i-Miev pure electrical car, which could land on our shores in 2010.

The Mitsubishi PX-Miev is powered by a 1.6-litre MIVEC petrol engine which drives the front wheels and acts as a generator to keep the car’s batteries topped up.

The batteries power the two permanent motors – one for each axle.

The combinations of drive are managed by a computer which is connected to the car’s handling control system. Charging the batteries will be as simple as plugging a lead into your household socket.

Mitsubishi says its Plug-In Hybrid System delivers "super-low fuel consumption figures" better than 2.0L/100km.

While it is unclear whether the PX Miev will see production in anything like its current form, its petrol-electric all-wheel-drive system is set to appear in 2013, with speculation it will appear on a hybrid version of the Lancer Evo.

Mitsubishi describes the 4.5m exterior of the PX-Miev as "pared down", saying its design team went for a "clean and simple" appearance.

One of the more "out there" features of the PX is the interior package Mitsubishi calls "cocochi", meaning cozy.

The upholstery uses an anti-allergen coating that Mitsubishi says breaks down offensive odours and volatile organic compounds as well as deactivating allergens such as ticks and pollen.

And each of the PX-Miev's four seats is air-conditioned to ensure any remaining odours are quickly distributed and dispelled, pumping out aroma molecules and enriched oxygen.

Specifications

Overall length 4510 mm
Overall width 1830 mm
Overall height 1655 mm
Wheelbase 2630 mm
Track F/R 1570 mm / 1570 mm
Occupants 4
Motors (front and rear) Permanent magnet synchronous
Max. output 60 kW (front and rear)
Max. torque 200 Nm (front and rear)
10-15 mode EV cruising range Over 50km
Engine 1.6L DOHC MIVEC (gasoline)
Max. output 85 kW
Max. torque 125 Nm
Generating capacity 70 kW
10-15 mode fuel consumption Over 50 km/L
Drive train E-4WD
Tyre size 245/45R20


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