Mitsubishi Shows Off Tokyo Crossover Concepts

By Matthew Askari | November 04, 2013
Mitsubishi is gearing up for the Tokyo Motor Show, where it will show off three new crossover concepts. The Japanese automaker recently shared a teaser with us, but now we have our first full look at the concepts. The Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV is a full size SUV with full time four-wheel drive. The GC, which stands for "Grand Cruiser" (pictured at center) will use a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine combined with an electric motor and battery paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV (pictured to the right) stands for "Crossover Runner" and is a "next-generation compact SUV developed to take driving pleasure to new levels." Interestingly, it will do this with a 1.1-liter turbocharged engine, paired to a lighter and smaller electric motor and battery pack. And the last model (pictured far left), is called Concept-AR, for "Active Runabout." It uses the same 1.1-liter hybrid system of the Concept-CR. All of the Mitsubishi concepts use @earth, which is the name Mitsu has given its advanced technologies, similar to the way Mazda uses Skyactiv to reference a suite of technologies, as well as a philosophy. The three concepts will be officially unveiled at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show on November 20, 2013. We expect to learn more in the days leading up to and surrounding the Tokyo show.
Source: Mitsubishi
Jonathan Morales
Jonathan Morales

The Grand Cruiser concept is one of the most interesting concepts featured, I'm not sure when Mitsubishi plans to redesign their model lineup but I think it's time. Mazda just did it for 2014 and so have a handful of other makers. They do still have the top selling Lancer for 2014 but it hasn't changed appearance wise in years, neither has much of their models. I do know that 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer has features not every other sedan in their segment has such as the all-wheel-control. That's a major plus factor! Read more about it here: