Even with new models like the 2014 Outlander and Mirage in its stable, Mitsubishi could sure use a little excitement injected into its lineup. Fortunately, it looks like a trio of concepts headed to the Tokyo Motor Show could finally help spark some enthusiasm for the troubled automaker.

All we have to go on right now is a pair of teaser images for the three concepts, but it does reveal a possible new design language for Mitsubishi. The Concept GC-PHEV (shown above) is a fullsize, plug-in utility vehicle, and it could very well be a harbinger of the Montero/Pajero replacement that we heard about earlier this year. Mitsubishi will also unveil a compact plug-in crossover called the Concept XR-PHEV designed to look like a "sport coupe" as well as the Concept AR compact MPV, which will utilize a small-displacement, turbocharged engine.

There is still no word on the next-gen Lancer, Galant or subcompact sedan mentioned in recent reports, but the announcement below does show promise for Mitsubishi's lineup of plug-in cars.
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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Unveils Three World Premieres at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil three world premiere concept cars at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013*1. Incorporating a new design identity that symbolizes the sense of security and functionality of an SUV, the three models highlight @earth TECHNOLOGY, MMC's next-generation advanced technologies that embody the concepts of environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, and toughness & safety.

The first of the three concepts, the MITSUBISHI Concept GC-PHEV*2 is a next-generation full-size SUV that uses a high output PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) system. The MITSUBISHI Concept GC-PHEV offers both dynamic drivability of an SUV and class-leading environmental performance. MMC's S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamic control system delivers superior handling, stability as well as the all-terrain capability an SUV offers. The MITSUBISHI Concept GC-PHEV is a "connected car" that also offers next-generation preventive safety technology and driver support technology through wireless connectivity.

The MITSUBISHI Concept XR-PHEV*3 is a next-generation compact SUV loaded with a lightweight and highly efficient PHEV system with dramatically enhanced environmental performance. The MITSUBISHI Concept XR-PHEV offers nimble drivability and a body style resembling a sport coupe.

The MITSUBISHI Concept AR*4 is a next-generation compact MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) that offers both the mobility of an SUV and the occupant space of an MPV. The latest fuel efficiency technologies adopted in the MITSUBISHI Concept AR include the use of a downsized direct-injection turbocharged engine. The MITSUBISHI Concept AR provides a relaxing space for occupants through its enveloping interior design and a range of seat arrangements that provide comfort for all passengers.


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      strykerzzzz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for Mitsubishi and good for the consumer. More competition means better prices for people buying automobiles. Mitsubishi is only a couple of years into their new 10 year commitment to the State of Illinois for operating their factory there - so I don't see them pulling out of the U.S. They do need to give their dealers more vehicles though - and I would really like to see a Montero replacement here!
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi is teetering on ground held by HyunKia about 10 years ago. I would tell all of my workmates about my cool '99 Kia Sephia and they would just laugh. Who's laughing now? Hyundai and Kia are strong and getting stronger every hour in world sales and in popularity. Mitsubishi makes a great car - my '08 Lancer GTS was not only my first Mitsubishi but it was also my first Japanese-built rig. Never doubted my purchase. In late 2006 when early '08 Lancer GTS spy shots were hitting the net I was just starting to get over the Suzuki SX-4. I thought I wanted one of those. When I say this beautiful Mitsubishi Lancer GTS for 2008 I knew I wanted one. The car accelerates and handles on a dime and like a dream. Great looking car - great Kia-like Warranty, you name it, Mitsubishi provides it all with this car. So when Mitsubishi comes out with the Outlander Sport or Mirage, I take notice and look on with respect. As it should be. You're just getting more car for your money when you purchase a fine Japanese-built car like a Mitsubishi Lancer GTS for 2008. Rally Red...and righteous!
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should take a good look at Hyundai and their entire lineup then revamp their entire lineup .
        dude
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jonathan Ippolito
        hyundai's entire line up looks like things that came from the bottom of the ocean.... giant fish looking grills and bubbly headlights...
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      A new world order Lancer or Galant both would be fun to see. The current '08 Lancer model design (especially the Lancer GTS) is not even that long in the tooth for you guys to have to be peeing your pants over, anyway. What is wrong with American car dorks, anyway? The Mitsubishi carmaking company will come out with another great car when they're ready to and not a moment sooner. Bug off and enjoy the new lineup. And put your turn signals on when you're changing lanes...for once!
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      The loneliest job in America is in sales at a Mitsubishi dealer. They need some quality and stylish products.
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      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look, it is car. I'd hate to work at mitsubishi; how are they honestly still in the auto business?
        Jonathan Ippolito
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        No excitement ,quality, or fun to drive cars and no style my question is who is buying their cars ?
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          @Jonathan Ippolito
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      Zortella
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be interesting if they had a new Eclipse in the mix.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks promising.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi needs to jump on key segments like midsize. It usually is a well received midsize car that gets people talking about your brand then all the pieces fall in place around that. Think about it, Fusion, Optima, Sonata, the old 2002 Altima all vehicles that stood out and made headlines. I don't want to see the brand die but they need a stand out volume selling midsize.
        barkeep
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        Well, if they can pull off what Nissan did with the 2002 Altima, or what Hyundai and Kia did to the latest generation Sonata and Optima respectively, then it would definitely turn Mitsubishi around by either re-introducing the Galant with a completely new design, or drop the Galant nameplate altogether (since it may have its negative connotations anyway) with a new mid-size sedan. The market is already red-hot in the segment, so why not have that piece of the pie too? Although if they're not careful, they may end up back in the same boat with Suzuki with the Kizashi.
          Engineer.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @barkeep
          Every manufacturer, must put all their efforts on what they are good at. Like in general in business, don't spread out all the money you have, to do small improvement on small areas everywhere. Instead, put all your efforts on improving the thing where you are best at. When Mitsubishi was selling a lot of cars at 80's to early 2000, clearly over half of them probably, were SUV's, globally. But american market always has been different case for them. Models like Galant, doesn't exist outside american market anymore. The current american Galant is old chrysler oriented model, only offered to americans, and maybe russians. New Galant is coming too, but not for a few years. Here is their schelude for new models: Mirage hatch January 2013 Outlander PHEV H2, 2013 ASX diesel automatic H2, 2013 New-generation Lancer Mid 2014 Lancer hybrid 2014 New-generation Triton(L200) 2014 New-generation Pajero 2015 New-generation Challenger 2016 New-generation ASX 2016 New-generation Galant mid-sizer 2016 Source: http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/BAB1AB02C6109B47CA257AFB00074099 The fullsize suv in these drawings, it's the Pajero. Which was known as montero in USA before.
      wtrmlnjuc
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not trying to hate, but just from observance it looks like ... a Chevy Volt. And a Chevy Volt XL and a Chevy Volt Mini. Will have to wait for their reveal though.
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they're all as exciting as the new Mirage
        flammablewater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shiftright
        From the reviews I've read, exciting is the opposite of the new Mirage. Unless you're confused or being sarcastic. BUT The Mirage does weigh only 1860lb!! So if you made the suspension not made of marshmallows that somehow still crash over small bumps, it could be really great.
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