• Jul 30, 2007
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Mitsubishi has released the first sketch of its Frankfurt-bound concept crossover, the Concept -cX. It sports a look up front that's clearly evocative of the new Lancer, and its hatchback-style bodywork is set off by an upward-sweeping character line along its flank. The Euro 5 emissions-compliant crossover will be powered by a 1.8L clean diesel engine that features a variable-geometry turbocharger, a diesel oxidation catalyst, and a diesel particulate filter. The economical powerplant is mated to Mitsubishi's twin-clutch transmission, and its interior will make use of Mitsubishi's environmentally-friendly Green Plastic. The 13-foot-long CUV also uses an electronic 4WD system and incorporates an SUV-style high seating position. No cargo capacity numbers have been given yet, but Mitsubishi did say that a split tailgate is used at the rear of the vehicle. We're sure that more info on the Concept-cX will become available closer to the start of the Frankfurt show. Follow the jump for the manufacturer's press release.

[Source: Mitsubishi]

PRESS RELEASE:
Preview # 4: Mitsubishi Concept-cX
- Dual peace of mind -

Building upon 70 years of four-wheel drive expertise, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is in a privileged position to appreciate the customer benefits of this technology, in terms of on-road active safety and off-road ability, from Lancer Evolution to Pajero.

At the occasion of the 62nd Frankfurt Motor Show, MMC will combine this dynamic fluency with the first tangible demonstration in Europe of its regionalised environmental strategy, previewing the CO2-friendly next generation Euro 5 Clean Diesel family of engines co-developed with its parent company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.

As a showcase for this dual "peace of mind", Mitsubishi Motors will unveil Mitsubishi Concept-cX* in Frankfurt: an accessible, affordable, sustainable and realistic solution to today's pressing issues. Sporty and flexible, Mitsubishi Concept-cX will follow the popular compact SUV route to carry this message right at the heart of the market.

Featuring the "Jet Fighter" grille already seen with Lancer Sports Sedan and using a soft-road application of the Outlander-derived Electric control four-wheel drive drivetrain, the 4.10m long Mitsubishi Concept-cX will also intend to create a link between Mitsubishi's passenger cars and SUVs.

Sharp in design and in dynamics, Mitsubishi Concept-cX will boast an excellent environmental performance to be seen in the low fuel consumption and emission levels achieved by its next generation 1.8-litre Clean Diesel engine, mated to an automated manual transmission. A preview of a family of powertrains to be launched in the course of 2009, it features a variable geometry diffuser (VG) turbocharger – to generate optimum boost pressure for all engine loads – and DPF technologies.

Mitsubishi Concept-cX's further green credentials include eco-friendly "Green Plastics", MMC's proprietary plant-based resin technology, effectively used for interior trim materials.

As a reminder, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has adopted an all-embracing approach in addressing global environmental issues. Under its "EIP 2010" ("Environment Initiative Program 2010") umbrella project, the Company is actively engaged in the development of a wide range of such technologies, covering:

o Powertrains suiting regional needs, driving patterns & infrastructures:
+ Clean Diesel Euro 5 family of engines for Europe
+ MiEV next-generation electric vehicle for Japan
+ Flexible fuel vehicle for Brazil
o Materials (plant-based "Green Plastic",...)
o Processes ("Design for Environment" guiding principles,...).
o Manufacturing (pollution-prevention and recycling measures).
o Conservation ("Pajero Forest & Local Mountain Restoration Initiative" aiming to conserve and cultivate Japan's forests and woodlands).

Note: "Pajero" is "Montero" in Spain and "Shogun" in the UK.

* 'Compact crossover' concept vehicle


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Who builds the diesel engine? Mitsubisho so far does not have any car diesels. They buy their engines from Volkswagen and PSA. The automated manual transmission could hint to PSA where this feature is quite common and called EGS-6.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Might as well call it the Concept C'eed X... three box designs are hard to be original with for any company.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ummmm, some people here are a bit ignorant. This concept is obviously based upon the same Mitsubishi theme as original Sportsback concept which debuted in 2005, way before the VW Iroc concept so if anything, its VW copying Mitsubishi.

      And as far as diesel engines go, reality is that Mitsubishi Motors is relatively a small car company, I don't think they could afford to develop a bunch of gas engines along with diesels, I don't think they have R&D dollars for it.

      And another thing, European diesel engines are miles ahead of Japanese designs so at least Mitsubishi knows from whom to purchase those engines from.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly. This looks more like a crossbreed between the Concept CT and the "i" in Japan. If anything, I would expect this to be the new Mirage / Colt if they decide to build a subcompact to compete with the Versa / Yaris / Fit. I only hope they bring over the turbodiesel and AWD.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nagmashot, again, get your fact straight, the VW Iroc in concept form was unveiled at 2006 Paris Auto Show, Mitsubishi Sportsback concept was unveiled at 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, so whos copying who is pretty obvious, do some research before making a fool out of yourself.

        VW Ecoracer does not look anything like Mitsubishis Sportsback concept nor even VW Iroc concept. The gaping grille, if anthing, has been inspired by Aston Martin which had that design way before Mitsu or VW. Gaping grillies do not make all cars look the same. And if anything, Mitsubishi has somewhat exectued the gaping grille on the new production Lancers, again, way before VW.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ esende

        talking about the front grill...
        The only different between the Mitsubishi concept front grill and the long time used Audi grill is that Mitsubishi turned it around... the overall shape is exatly the same...
        The overall car shape of the Mitsubishi and the VW are 100% copys of the Alfa Romeo Bera concept debut in 2002...
        The Aston Martin front grills look completly different and never looked anything similar to that Mitsubishi VW or Audi single frame grill
      • 7 Years Ago
      How big is this thing going to be? 13 feet don't mean anything to me... Will it essentially be a Lancer 5-door variant (which is what it looks like to me)? Or a Yaris/SX4/Versa competitor? Because with Mitsu's Outlander, another smallish CUV wouldn't make much sense...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think either copied from another.
      Creating a design concept then developing a new concept car to present at an autoshow takes far more than 1-2 years.
      Unless there's a spy in either company, it's absolutely impossible to copy a design cue from another company then develope a concept car just in a few years.
      Either may borrow or refer to a new design cue seen in another company's car (which I would refer to the term "trend"), and I would believe VW and Mitsubishi's concepts are just this case.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Has a lot of similarities to what´s supposed to become the new Scirocco.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well said.
        Frankfurt is obviously this 'Japanese' car's natural home.

        Why can't they design something original? Other than the little city boxes Japanese cars are deadly dull and still derivitive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I seriously doubt Mitsubishi would have copied from VW. Since the front is pretty much the lancer EVO front. This SUV will be smaller than the Outlander. This will probably be the next generation Lancer wagon, since Mitsubishi won't be building a Lancer Wagon, making it a SUV will attract more buyers.

      Mitsubishi is developing a family of diesel engines for future model, they are expected to be in 2009 models.

      http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/01/09/detroit-auto-show-more-on-mitsubishi-50-state-turbo-diesel/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't this just a teaser for the hatchback bodystyle of the new Lancer?
      • 7 Years Ago
      With dimensions and specifications aside, doesn't it look a little bit like the VW IROC Concept?
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