Mitsubishi’s green concept car threesome shows some uncharacteristic style and flare

mitsubishi reveals three green concepts for the 2013 tokyo motor show
If I didn't know any better, I'd think that Mitsubishi designers were heavily influenced by the Range Rover Evoque.

Last month, Mitsubishi teased three green concept cars ahead of their debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Now, it’s giving the Internet a closer look.

Leading the pack is the GC-PHEV, a full-size plug-in hybrid SUV concept. A production version could take the spot vacated by the Montero (or Pajero, depending on where you live) at the top of Mitsubishi’s utility vehicle lineup.

The Japanese carmaker has revealed that the GC-PHEV’s power train consists of a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, working in concert with an electric motor and battery pack.

Mitsubishi says the GC-PHEV has “full-time” four-wheel drive, which means it may be able to operate as a 4×4 in gasoline, electric, or hybrid modes, rather than using the electric motor to power one axle, and the V6 to power the other.

The GC-PHEV also gets Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics system to improve handling.

Mitsubishi will also show the smaller XR-PHEV plug-in at Tokyo. This compact crossover has a 1.1-liter turbocharged, direct-injected gasoline engine, along with an electric motor and battery pack.

Mitsubishi initially described the XR-PHEV’s styling as “sport coupe”-like. Indeed, it is very curvy for a utility vehicle, but it will be interesting to see how much of that styling flare will survive if Mitsubishi decides to put the XR into production.

Rounding out the roster is the Concept AR, which Mitsubishi says combines SUV maneuverability with minivan roominess. It sounds like a reincarnation of the first-generation Mazda MPV.

The AR is much better looking than that Mazda, though. Mitsubishi does a good job of disguising the fact that it’s a tall, minivan-ish wagon like the Ford C-Max and Toyota Prius V.

Under that deceptive sheet metal is the the same 1.1-liter engine found in the XR-PHEV.

Mitsubishi says all three cars also feature advanced V2V-based driver warning systems, which scan for threats and alert the driver, or activate various automated safety features.

The system also has a “failure/malfunction early detection” function that seems like a very sophisticated version of the idiot light.

All three concepts will be fully revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, which opens November 20. Check back here for all the latest updates.

Cars

Can electric motors finally make three-wheeled cars great?

Every few years, someone tries to sell a three-wheeled vehicle to Americans. Historically, it hasn’t gone very well. We’ve got our suspicions about why people don’t buy trikes, and they boil down to this: a trike is just not a real…
Cars

Polestar gives us an early look at its Android-based infotainment system

Volvo sister company Polestar has released a teaser image to give us our first look at the 2, its second model. Polestar tells us the 2 will arrive as a four-door fastback with a 400-hp electric powertrain and about 300 miles of range.
Product Review

Cool tech and a great ride make the 2019 RAM 1500 the best light-duty pickup

The Ram isn’t the most powerful, spacious, or affordable of the light-duty, full-size pickup herd, but a modestly equipped version walks all over rivals in terms of ride quality, technology, and cabin comfort.
Cars

Sibling rivalry: 2019 BMW Z4 takes on the 2020 Toyota Supra

BMW and Toyota forged an unlikely partnership when they set out to build a sports car platform together. Here, we examine the similarities and differences between the 2019 Z4 and the 2020 Supra.
Outdoors

Is Uber planning to put its self-driving tech into bikes and scooters?

Uber reportedly has its eye on building autonomous electric bikes and scooters that ride to a user when summoned by an app. The technology could also be used to make its two-wheelers safer with obstacle avoidance systems.
Cars

Someone just paid supercar money for the very first 2020 Toyota Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.
Cars

Lincoln’s stately, limited-edition flagship sedan sells out in a month

The 1961 Lincoln Continental became a design icon thanks to center-opening "coach doors" (also known as "suicide doors"). Lincoln is bringing those doors back for a special edition of the 2019 Continental.
Cars

Volkswagen is planning a tougher challenge for its all-electric I.D. R

The Volkswagen I.D. R electric race car will head to the Nürburgring for a lap-record attempt. Volkswagen will reportedly aim to set the quickest lap time ever by an electric car with the I.D. R.
Home Theater

Report: Spotify preparing to launch $100 in-car streaming device

According to a report, people familiar with Spotify's plans say the company is readying a dedicated in-car music streamer that will cost $100. It will work with any Bluetooth-enabled audio system and can be controlled by voice.
Cars

Tesla given go-ahead to start deliveries of Model 3 to Europe

Tesla has been given the green light to start deliveries of its Model 3 electric sedan to Europe, giving it the chance to compete more effectively with the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz in the region's premium car market.
Cars

Royal fans bid big money as Prince Philip ‘car crash parts’ hit eBay

A couple of days after a car crash that involved the 97-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, debris apparently from the scene of the accident showed up on eBay. And people wanted to buy it.
Cars

If Batman became a race car driver, he’d hit the track in the Vuhl 05RR

Mexican sports car Vuhl revealed the hardcore 05RR, a roadster that blurs the line between a track car and a street-legal car. The 05RR stands out with a design that looks right out of a video game and a 385-horsepower engine.
Emerging Tech

Elon Musk offers to help dig CERN’s new particle collider tunnel

CERN plans to put the Large Hadron Collider to shame with its proposed much larger Future Circular Collider -- and Elon Musk wants to help. Because, you know, he's not busy enough.
Cars

Hyundai has created the ‘world’s first multi-collision airbag system’

Around 30 percent of car accidents involve multiple collisions, a reality that prompted Hyundai to develop what it claims is the world's first airbag capable of deploying in a multi-impact traffic accident.