• Oct 25, 2007

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Mitsubishi's star at the show might have been the new Evo X, but the new Concept-ZT is the more important car as it previews the next-generation Galant, which is a big seller for the company. Styled like a large Lancer, the ZT features the same jet-fighter grille but is overall a more stylish and elegant vehicle. We particularly liked some of the small styling touches such as the side mirrors and detailed wheels. Under the hood is Mitsu's 2.2L diesel engine mated to a twin-clutch gearbox, which Mitsubishi seems to be introducing throughout their lineup.



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MITSUBISHI Concept-ZT


Characteristics
By combining a high-powered, fuel-efficient, 2.2-liter clean diesel engine and Twin Clutch SST, and using significant quantities of Green Plastic in the interior, a high level of running and environmental performance is achieved.

In addition to advanced active safety technology, Concept-ZT achieves a high level of passive safety. Features include pre-crash safety; a lane-drift warning system; driving assistance technology, including new all-around multi-monitors and a parking assistance system; and crashworthiness safety technology including a pop-up hood.

Moreover, equipped with the S-AWC system combining front E-LSD (Electric control - Limited Slip Differential), ABS and ASC, based on Mitsubishi Motors' 4WD electronic control system, the MITSUBISHI Concept-ZT is a premium sedan that possesses dramatically improved driving, environmental and safety performance.

Design
The basic exterior form, simple and flowing with a low center of gravity, yields a sense of stability and sportiness fitting Mitsubishi Motors' premier sedan This base is combined with a powerful shoulder line, substantial side panels and projecting fenders. Sculptured headlights, grill and aluminum wheels proclaim quality and status created out of "Japanese" sensitivity -- a sophisticated and adult sensibility.

In the interior, the goal was a level of "hospitality" that would resonate with all the senses of the occupants. Combinations of designs with clear contrasts -- simple forms with overall continuity gently embrace passengers and precise, hard functional parts -- express the melding of quality, comfort and the pleasure of driving. Meters and monitors are of clear materials, futuristically stacked, with the beauty of industrial art.

Minute quantities of a new reflective material add elegance to the body color. In combination with decorative parts, including wheels and grill, a radiant presence is realized with a sense of quality and refinement, like jeweled layers of precious metals. Interior colors are a combination of grained black wood, metal and leather, making maximum use of materials expressing boldness, sophistication and grace.

Powertrain/S-AWC
The concept's powerplant is a newly developed 2.2-liter 4-cylinder DOHC, 16-valve with VD (Variable Diffuser)/VG (Variable Geometry) clean turbodiesel engine with common-rail direct fuel injection (piezoelectric injector) that delivers a maximum output of 140 kW and maximum torque of 400 Nm.

The power unit is mated to Mitsubishi's new Twin Clutch SST, which delivers superior power transmission efficiency in a powertrain that realizes smooth, responsive, effortless power and acceleration, whether on the highway or in urban areas, together with good fuel economy. The S-AWC system combines front E-LSD (Electric control - Limited Slip Differential), ABS and ASC with the 4WD electronic control system also used in Outlander and Delica D:5. This optimally controls driving force, traction and braking at all four wheels, and provides stable driving on various road surfaces under various conditions, realizing a pleasurable and safe driving experience.

Body Structure
As in the i MiEV SPORT, the aluminum space frame structure combines aluminum extrusion and aluminum die casting, not only realizing a body of great strength and rigidity, but contributing to weight reduction and crashworthiness. In addition, for the outer panels of hoods, fenders, doors and trunk lids, shock-resistant, recyclable resin is used, as seen on the front fender of the Delica D:5.

Safety Technology/Driving Assistance Technology
Pre-crash Safety System: Using millimeter-length radar waves, the system detects cars far ahead as well as obstacles in the adjacent lane. When it determines that objects near the car are too close and there is danger of a collision, it warns the driver to take action. If the system determines that the possibility of a collision is nevertheless quite high, it pretensions seat belts and activates crash-restraint seat cushions to increase passenger restraint, and initiates emergency braking to reduce the impact of an imminent collision.
Lane-Drift Warning System: The system consists of a front camera, steering angle sensor, speed sensor, yaw rate sensor and ECU. The front camera recognizes lane markings (white lines, etc.), and the system, based on information from the other sensors, calculates the possibility of the vehicle drifting out of its lane, warns the driver, and adds steering torque in the direction such that the car stays within the lane.

Pop-Up Hood: If the car should hit a pedestrian, the hood pops up before the person's head strikes the hood, acting as a buffer and minimizing injury to the head.

New All-Around Multi-Monitors: In addition to a nose-view camera and a rear-view camera, cameras with extremely wide-angle lenses are positioned at the left and right sides. Optical distortions of the images from the four cameras are corrected, and the information is converted into a display of the situation all around the car as seen from the top -- thus enabling clear confirmation by the driver. The nose camera is also part of the proximity-detection function for approaching objects.

Parking Assistance System: A distance sensor, embedded in the bumper, assesses the space available for parking. If parking is possible, the system will automatically maneuver the wheels (steering) while all the driver must do is control braking.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      it's not terrible. the front looks like a Lincoln MKZ & the sides look like they're off the new accord. the back is pretty bad though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah it looks good for now...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I’m impress by Mitsubishi in the way its been moving forward out of its slump…and this car def looks the par….I like it better then the rest of the bland cars out there…
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mitsu has hit a homerun here. Finally a midsize sedan with some original styling and punch. Can't wait to see this Galant eat into the market share of Camry, Accord and Altima...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The most obvious car this thing looks like is the New Audi A5. Look at the headlights, shape of the grill, long hood. 2009 A4 resemblences are also seen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      did Mitsubishi actually SAY it was a look at the next Galant? I mean, I agree it most likely is but it would be great to hear if someone confirmed that. Thanks!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The mouth of this car looks very Audi-esque and the headlights look like modified versions of the R8's.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How many more brands are going to co-opt this grille theme, over and under surrounded by a chrome line.

      Audi, Mitsubishi, and in some ways, cadillac's CTS, VW, and the GT-R nissan...

      Other than that, it looks like a big square Lancer. Square in the 50's uncool sense.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Much Better good the prev generation was awful...
        • 7 Years Ago
        So let me see if I can get this straight; Mitsu starts making cars that don't look like ass clown mobiles, and now their sales are rising rapidly in a stagnant overall car market? How come Ford can't figure this out - am I missing something - or are the execs in Dearborn really that out of touch?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's more like a revised Hyundai Sonata than anything else.. they really need to come up with something original!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      An excellent execution of Mitsubishi design themes. Am I moved so much by this as to actually want to buy it or even drive it?

      No.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think so, this car is much better designed and beauty than the Sonata, Accord and Camry.
      Just look the rear tailights, they are so well finished and the front has the perfect balance between sporty and elegance and it's different than the rest of the cars of the segment.
      If Mitsubishi builds that, the resurrection of the brand will finally occur and it could fight for a huge part of the sells in the U.S. market.
      Good job Mitsubishi!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I completely agree - this and the new Mazda 6 actually add some much needed style and individuality to the midsized segment. I think it has strong, clean, confident lines, a progressive front and a simple and tasteful rear. Love the silhouette.

        My pops had a '92 Diamante which was an excellent car, so I too am rooting for Mitsubishi to bring more compelling cars to the market.
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