Teaser image for the Mitsubishi Concept GC PHEV to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show

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.