• Sep 11, 2007
Click the image above for more shots of Mitsubishi's Concept cX.

Our man on the floor, Jonathan, snapped a set of live shots of Mitsubishi's Concept cX after the automaker took the wraps off its dual-purpose crossover. The AWD concept draws cues from the recently redesigned Lancer, with a mildly raked front clip, tautly drawn headlamps, a gaping maw and a duo of heavily accented swage lines that flank the hood and sides. Power comes via a 134 HP 1.9-liter variable turbine geometry-equipped turbo diesel making 206 lb.-ft. of torque. Grunt is sent to all four wheels via a dual-clutch SST automated manual transmission, while the exterior is made of more eco-friendly elements, including organic resin from bamboo.

You can read through Mitsubishi's full press release after the jump, and check out the full gallery below.



PRESS RELEASE

Mitsubishi Concept-cX

Dual peace of mind

Building upon seventy years of 4-Wheel-Drive expertise, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is in a privileged position to appreciate the customer benefits of this technology, both in terms of on-road active safety and off-road ability, from Lancer Evolution to Pajero.
In parallel, MMC is acutely aware of the pressing issues brought by climate change and is implementing a holistic environmental global strategy, through its "Environment Initiative Program 2010" (EiP 2010) umbrella program.
Combining these two "piece-of-mind" approaches, Mitsubishi Motors introduces Concept-cX at the occasion of the 62nd Frankfurt Motor Show: a vibrant demonstration that driving pleasure and corporate responsibility are not mutually exclusive and the showcase for the CO_ friendly all-new Euro 5 Clean Diesel family of engines, co-developed by MMC and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and to be launched in 2009.

Ingrained guiding principles
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation's corporate citizenship and its concern over environmental issues is neither a recent phenomenon nor a quick marketing trick.
Indeed, they are deep-rooted in Mitsubishi's corporate culture, as formalized in several guiding principles edicted in the 1930's by Koyata Iwazaki (of the founding Iwazaki family) the fourth and last President of the old Mitsubishi organization:
- Enrich society – both materially and spiritually – and safeguard the global environment.
- Conduct business in the spirit of integrity and fairness and on a foundation of transparency and openness.
- Adopt a global perspective in developing and expanding business.
A few decades later, these principles are very much alive and respected throughout the Mitsubishi group of companies.
The first of these principles was the trigger for MMC's continued efforts in the area of environmentally-friendly technology, from the MCA (Mitsubishi Clean Air) engine technology of the 1970's to today's wide spectrum of solutions.
Since the 1993 Mitsubishi Motors Environmental Council, MMC has formalized its commitment to use its engineering expertise to contribute to a cleaner environment.
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:
- Powertrains (see below)
- Materials (plant-based "Green Plastic",...),
- Processes ("Design for Environment" guiding principles,...),
- Manufacturing (pollution-prevention and recycling measures).
- Conservation ("Pajero Forest & Local Mountain Restoration Initiative" aiming to conserve and cultivate Japan's forests and woodlands,...).

Europe = Next Generation Clean Diesel
Whilst pursuing long-term fundamental research & development, Mitsubishi Motors has taken a very down-to-earth view on marketable "green" technologies to make a bigger impact short term.
In particular, MMC has decided to go regional with powertrain solutions matching the everyday reality of very different regional needs, driving patterns & infrastructures:
- Clean Diesel Euro 5 family of engines for Europe,
- Next-generation electric vehicle for Japan,
- Flexible fuel vehicle for Brazil,

Considering the overwhelming importance of Diesel in Europe (50+ from 325,000 in 2001 to 500,000 in 2006 and with further 35% growth expected between 2006 and 2009) and by heritage (from the 1936 PX33 to the 2007 Outlander, L200 and Pajero), Concept-cX does acknowledge the essentially on-road usage of these vehicles.
Trendy substitutes to more conventional formats such as MPVs, compact SUVs add a bit of shine to utility whilst fulfilling all the duties expected from compact family cars. Hence the split tailgate used by Outlander but also Concept-cX for instance.
Compact (410 cm), low (155 cm), wide (175 cm), sitting on a long wheelbase (252,5 cm) & wide tracks (151 cm/151 cm) and planted on its 225/45R19 tires, Concept-cX offers passenger car-like stance and dynamics, as suggested by its gaping Lancer "Jet Fighter" grille.
Its on-road abilities are further enhanced by the use of Mitsubishi's sophisticated AWC (All Wheel Control) technology, similar in essence to the device successfully introduced with the new Outlander.
This electronically controlled 4WD system offers the driver a choice of three modes (2WD, 4WD Auto, 4WD Lock) to match traction control to his preferences or driving conditions. The center differential features an electronically controlled coupling that uses feed-forward control to determine the optimum front/rear torque split from sensor data on throttle opening, vehicle speed, road conditions and driver inputs.

Jet fighter
Featuring the "Jet Fighter" grille introduced with the all-new Lancer family and using a derivative of Outlander's 4-Wheel-Drive drivetrain, Concept-cX does create an interesting link between Mitsubishi's passenger cars and SUVs, an intention clearly visible in its exterior design.
Indeed, that SUV / hatchback crossover positioning is stressed through design features shared by both formats. However, Concept-cX incorporates a sports car flavour stronger than usually applied to this genre and very much consistent with Mitsubishi's impeccable sporting heritage.

Wedge
The intention is evident when considering Concept-cX's overall format: a tight and powerful wedge, sloted within 4 bulging wheel-arches, fronted by the vast expanse of a clam-shell hood and finishing with deep-set headlamps either sides of the reverse slant of an over-sized version of Mitsubishi's trademark "Jet Fighter" grille.
The flanks themselves are all motion, with beltline, Lancer-like character line and even the position of the door handles following airflows.
At the back, all lines converge and merge into the wrap-around "fast hatch" tucked in between the powerful rear fenders, with the eyebrows of the (front) headlamps echoed by the (rear) roof spoiler and the lower vent / central exhaust reminding jets' thrust nozzles.
Concept-cX also ticks the convenience box with its deep panoramic backlight, twin-stage split tailgate and high mounted rear combination lamps.
Finishing touch, Concept-cX sports a sharp & pure metallic medium blue hue that evokes the image of a crystal-clear lake, while the use of fine aluminum flecks throughout creates a nearly transparent metallic finish.

Open
Using MMC's proprietary Green Plastic (floor mats, door trim, tail gate trim and seat back panels) and upholstered in earthy tones of brown (leather) and off-white, the interior bridges the gap between sporty and comfy, mixing driver-oriented round meters with bench seats and soft padding to create an interior space that cocoons the occupants, but remind them that they are in a car. Still...
Thinly padded but welcoming nonetheless, the organically-shaped front backrests are mated to a bench seat integrating the transmission lever (Twin Clutch SST and 2WD/4WD functions) as well as the starter and some of the warning lights (bonnet open, "fast hatch" open, low fuel).
The dashboard itself points to the underlying strength of the car's frame and invite all occupants to share the voyage through a mega-sized information center touch screen.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      great car to take on the Mini Cooper.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      When I saw the first pics I was also like it looks worse than hideous, but seeing those new pictures I somehow didn't find it to be that ugly anymore. Sure it's not gonna win any design awards but I don't get the throw up effect anymore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It reminds me of when Verne Troyer (mini-me) gets drunk and angry.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yowch, if it cost any more than $3995 out the door it's too much. YUCK!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think you all have bad taste lol. This concept (in my oppinion) is a great one. It makes a lot of sence, and with a diesel engine to boot!! To price this thing under $20,000, I would go buy one right now. Heck it probably gets near 50 mpg, with no hybrid to worry about!!

      Mitsu... keep up the good work!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The production version will be more in line with what the Lancer looks like. I doubt the front will stick out that much
      and the glass will probably be streamlined to cut productions costs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a Scion xD.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I actually like the design. . .

      Of course it is a concept so if this ever makes it into production everything will be smoothed out. Hopefully if I am ever in need of a crossover this car will be available so I can check it out further.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this car was red it would look like an Arkansas Razorback hog, and people that ain't purdy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is a truely horrible looking car..
      • 7 Years Ago
      that Lancer nose needs to be cut off

      i can't put my finger on it...
      but it certainly does remind me of something funny
      regardless, the car looks comical in my eyes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think your right, there is to much over hang beyond the front wheels. the drop nose and lancer grill do not go well with the upright green house.
        • 7 Years Ago
        they have remade the AMC GREMLIN!!!

        the japanese.....never fail to release a terrible design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      1.75 size (Volvo C30 rear + Suzuki SX4 profile + Mitsubishi Lancer facia) = Concept cX

      They could have done a lot better with this. I am a huge fan of a split tail gate. I am not really digging the huge amount of glass on the rear.

      The facia leaves the CUV seeming to want to be something else. Mitsu should leave those kinds of styling cues for their cars and figure out a new headlight theme for their larger vehicles (i.e. Endeavor and Outlander).

      It seems like they are trying to immitate Mazda with this effort (i.e. CX7 and CX9 looking like the 3 and the 6).

      Good effort, Mitsu! You get an E for effort...and you know how far that is away from F.
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