Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II debuts in Tokyo

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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At this year's Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is showing off its innovative Concept PX-MiEV II. The sleek SUV is a convincing prelude to the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander and features a hybrid electric powertrain that will hopefully go into production.

The Concept PX-MiEV II is a plug-in hybrid designed to offer a long driving range typical of larger vehicles. It's powered by front- and rear-mounted 60kW electric motors and a 2.0-litre MIVEC 4-cylinder engine. Due to the high torque output of its electric motors, the Concept PX-MiEV II accelerates as if it has a 3.0-litre V6 engine.

Mitsubishi claims that the Concept PX-MiEV II can travel over 50 km using only electric power from the drive battery, before the gasoline engine needs to kick in. The gasoline engine can be used as a generator to charge the drive battery in "series-hybrid" mode, and can also help directly propel the vehicle at higher speeds in "parallel-hybrid" mode. The drive battery can also be charged using energy recovered during braking, or by plugging into a charging station.

Mitsubishi says the target fuel efficiency based on combined electric/gasoline usage is more than 60 km per litre of fuel, which translates to 1.66L/100km and would give the Concept PX-MiEV II a combined driving range of 800 km.

The Concept PX-MiEV II is outfitted with an electrical outlet socket that uses electricity from the vehicle's batteries to power electric devices or provide emergency power. A quick-charge port allows the Concept PX-MiEV II to be charged from a home socket, and the PX-MiEV is vehicle-to-home compatible, so it can supply power to smart homes when the electricity grid is congested and then charge itself during off-peak periods.

In addition to its hybrid electric powertrain and excellent fuel economy, the Concept PX-MiEV II also exhibits impressive driving dynamics. That's because it is equipped with a twin-motor four-wheel-drive system and Mitsubishi's S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) traction control system. S-AWC is based on the four-wheel-drive technology featured in Mitsubishi's iconic Lancer Evolution X which is essentially a rally car for the road. The Super-All Wheel Control traction is said to deliver "pure driving pleasure" while ensuring "high levels of stability and safety."

Although it is strictly a concept car, the Concept PX-MiEV II features components that Mitsubishi already makes such as the four-wheel-drive system, S-AWC and the 2.0-litre MIVEC engine. In light of this, a production version of the Concept PX-MiEV II as the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander seems very likely.

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Topics: SUV, Hybrid, HEV, Mitsubishi, 2011, Concept PX-MiEV II,

Organizations: Mitsubishi

Geographic location: Tokyo

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