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Mitsubish PX-MiEV plug-in hybrid concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

AutoWeek reports that Mitsubishi will wade into plug-in electric waters in 2013. The automaker's head of electric vehicles, Yoshikazu Nakamura, said the vehicle will be an SUV similar to the 2009 Px-MiEV Concept and that the production version is already nearing the final stages of development. The concept got its pep from a tiny 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine working in coordination with two electric motors and a battery pack. Mitsubishi pegged the Px-MiEV as being able to travel for up to 30 miles one pure electric go-go, so there must be some pretty hefty battery technology onboard as well.

Whether or not the production SUV will use a similar drivetrain remains to be seen. We can say with some certainty that Mitsubishi is likely to simplify the vehicle's name considerably. The automaker has already scrapped the i-MiEV moniker for the somewhat more palatable name of "i powered by MiEV" in the States. We can't wait to explain that one to the fine people of the DMV.



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[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have to wonder how down on power an SUV would feel when its being powered by the 1.6 L alone. Although im sure that the electric motors will nearly always be assisting on take off, since thats where they shine with 100% torque from 0 RPM.

      The plug-in wars look to be the hottest battle in the industry now. 30 - 40 years ago it, it was pony wars. sign of the times
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why can't they design all their cars like this? The North American i looks awful, even when compared to the JDM i.
      • 4 Years Ago
      they so something smart with the Lancer and do something stupid with the Montero/Diamante
      • 4 Years Ago
      Their going to need more than a fancy electric car to save them in the NA market. This is just fancy stuff to show the press.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting...but I'll await some more solid specs.

      Curious though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to see them use the production vehicle as a base for a Rally Raid car. It's about time we start seeing some more hybrids in racing development, especially off roading.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think looking ahead to 2013 is a little too optimistic for Mitsubishi Vehicles Japan.

      As a previous salesman for the top dealership in Ontario Canada, I can tell you without a doubt that they're having trouble moving cars.

      People compare them to Suzuki in terms of popularity... but people seem to forget that Suzuki has a slew of other subsidiaries, such as Motorcycles and such, to keep them afloat. Mitsubishi only has the heavy equipment industry, which is a dwindling market even in Japan right now.

      I wouldn't trust promises from Mitsubishi for 2013. I wish them the best... But I wouldn't trust their promises.
        • 4 Years Ago
        2013? That's a very long time from now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ShutoZ, what are you talking about? Mitsu does have problems here in NA but everywhere else in the world they are doing just fine. Problem with MMNA is or actually was the entire Project America, instead of offering their global cars, some bright heads decided to develop a platforms and cars specifically for American tastes which, along with 0/0/0 financing backfired on them big time. Plus they don't seem to know how to market their product here in USA. And Mitsubishi Motors is a part of huge Mitsubishi conglomerate so going with that thinking they definitely have the money to fall back upon. Suzuki is pretty much gone from NA as they have nothing exciting in the works. Mitsu at least has heavily invested in electric technology and you will see that starting in 2012. Their Outlander/Lancer/Outlander Sport line is just fine, they just need to spend more money on marketing and bring their new line of diesel engines (which are top notch) that are available all around the world except for USA/Canada.

        Anyway, Chevy Volt-like technology in a CUV sounds like a good idea. Excellent fuel economy plus a car with lots of space, whats not to like? I just hope they'll get the styling right.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *Legendarily* poor marketing and leadership decision-makers. The people running that place are well known to be the singularly least competent people in the business. They keep pointing fingers and firing ad agencies (yearly) but the fact remains: The one's in charge are utterly worthless at their jobs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ John...

        LOL that's what I used to say when they started working on the Concept CX (now the Outlander Sport) back in 2007... I was like "for 2011... hum, good luck with that, that's 4 freaking years from now"

        2013 is two full years away... that goes by waaaaaaaay too fast lol

        what they need to do is kill project america already and bring the Colt/Colt RA and the current Shogun back to states, invest more in advertising and offer some dam good interior material in their freaking Lancers (about the only car that's getting people back in their showrooms right now) then work on their future electric Outlanders and Hybrid Evos... See you in 2013 Mitsu, for now i'll have fun modding my Ralliart and trying to to destroy its TC-SST