Mitsubishi has announced a trio of concept cars it will bring to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, set to kick off later this month. The three concepts all sport new, edgy styling that is quite a departure from the Mitsus we see here in the states.

First up, we have the Concept GC-PHEV, which we're guessing is the middle vehicle in the photograph up top, as it's supposed to be a larger SUV - think Outlander for this one. From a powertrain standpoint, it sounds quite impressive. A 3.0-liter, supercharged, MIVEC V6 syncs up with an electric motor and a plug-in battery pack, while an an eight-speed automatic transmission dispatches power to all four wheels.

Next, we have the Concept XR-PHEV. We're taking a step down from the GC here, as the XR is meant to compete in the compact-crossover market, which means this could pre-sage the next Outlander Sport. Like the GC, though, it takes advantage of a hybrid powertrain, with a turbocharged, 1.1-liter direct-injection engine providing the grunt. The front-driver also sports a lightweight motor and battery, although specific details about both are scarce. We're thinking the XR-PHEV is the smaller, red vehicle on the right of the image up top.

Finally, the Mitsubishi AR is MPV, along the lines of a Ford C-Max or Toyota Prius V. It is also motivated by a 1.1-liter, turbocharged engine, but rather than featuring a plug-in system, the Concept AR is a mild hybrid. The AR is probably the green five-door, on the left side of the lead image. Take a look below for the full press release from Mitsubishi.
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MITSUBISHI MOTORS LINEUP AT THE 2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil three world premiere concept cars at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 on November 20. Incorporating a new design that symbolizes the functionality and reassuring safety inherent to SUVs, the three concepts take as their theme MMC's @earth TECHNOLOGY*1 and point to the direction MMC's development and manufacturing will take in the near future.

The MITSUBISHI Concept GC-PHEV is a next-generation full-size SUV with full-time 4WD. It is based on a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) system comprising a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged MIVEC engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a high-output motor and a high-capacity battery to deliver all-terrain performance truly worthy of an all-round SUV.

The MITSUBISHI Concept XR-PHEV is a next-generation compact SUV developed to take driving pleasure to new levels. The MITSUBISHI Concept XR-PHEV uses a front engine, front-wheel drive layout PHEV system that is configured with a downsized 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine and a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency motor with a high-capacity battery.

These two concepts feature PHEV systems optimally tailored to different market and segment requirements.

The MITSUBISHI Concept AR is a next-generation compact MPV which combines SUV maneuverability with MPV roominess. It uses a lightweight mild hybrid system which includes a downsized 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine.

All three concepts feature MMC's latest "e-Assist"*2 active safety technologies and the advanced "connected car" technology that utilizes next-generation information systems. These functions include a danger detection system which activates the corresponding safety functions and a failure/malfunction early-detection system which urges the driver to seek repairs or other maintenance when necessary.

Including the three concept models, MMC will be displaying a total of 17 models (13 on press days) at its booth at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013. Joining the concepts will be the new eK Space "super height wagon" minicar due for launch in Japan at the beginning of next year, motorsport vehicles and some current production models.

For more information on the three Mitsubishi Motors concept cars that will premiere at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, please log on to Tokyo-motorshow.com/en/.

*1: @earth TECHNOLOGY embraces a collection of advanced next-generation technologies embodying the principles of environmental responsibility, driving pleasure and toughness and safety.

*2: A collection of active safety technologies including ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), FCM (Forward Collision Management), LDW (Lane Departure Warning). "e-Assist" name used in Japan only.

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells sedans and crossovers/SUVs through a network of approximately 400 dealers. MMNA is leading the way in the development of highly-efficient, affordably-priced new gasoline-powered automobiles while using its industry-leading knowledge in battery electric vehicles to develop future EV and PHEV models. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.


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      EB110Americana
      • 1 Year Ago
      The fascia on that red XR-PHEV is the first thing out of Mitsu to get me excited since the Lancer/EVO. The green AR still has signs of their very naïve styling as seen on the Outlander, but the XR gives me hope for a new design language and signs of life at Mitsubishi. There is something strange going on with its rear fender, so I'll reserve final judgment for the full 360. I can still recall days of lusting after the Eclipse (back when it was 4-cylinder only) and even the sculpting on the Montero SUV in the late '90s. Let's hope this is a sign of good things to come for this diminished brand.
      djrroar1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like Mitsu is finally coming around, record profits for the year, sales up year over year and new models in the pipeline. The plant in Normal ILL. is doing great and more product will be made there in the near future I am sure. Good for Mitsu!
      nglJeffrey
      • 1 Year Ago
      They still need a redesign compact replacement for the Lancer and a midsized sedan to compete with the Accord/Camry/Fusion. Without a full line up (similar to what Mazda or Subaru has) they are never going to regain their footing in the US.
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nglJeffrey
        It takes a long time to redesign an entire lineup of global platforms. This is just the start. They are rumored to be bringing a production-ready Galant replacement next year, and the Lancer should follow shortly after for the 2015 model year.
      Engineer.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The fullsize SUV is not an Outlander, the Outlander was already released only a year ago. The Grand Cruiser is the vehicle known as Montero in USA, Pajero outside USA.
      you
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/en/events/motorshow/2013/tms2013/
      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm interested in this 1.1L GDI Turbo motor and if it will spawn larger variants and make it to production vehicles.
      E85 450HP Forester
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsu please rise from the ashes, if the pathetic Hyundai Motor Co. could do it, I don't see why not Mitsubishi mighty Corporation can't.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @E85 450HP Forester
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          Engineer.
          • 1 Year Ago
          You don't seem to know much of the car business. They are proftiable. This is their goal number one. Why Mitsubishi's Motors division appears now so weak, compared to their best days is in their history. About a ten years ago they had serious financial crisis, after they left from Chrysler collaboration, and they are still emerging from that. They are developing, slow but sure. Their financial situation is now healthy, that is the number one factor for any successful long term business. But that's also why their money to invest in certain things is limited. They concentrate on making cars that for sure are profitable. But often the cars that are profitable, are not the most interesting ones to an car enthusiast . . . For example Bugatti Veryon, that is a very interetesting car, was a very bad business, from every sold bugatti, they made made a huge loss of money. But then in the other hand it's difficult to evaluate the marketing value, that making of it made to the VAG. Same goes for VW Phaeton. Awesome cars, but make huge losses to the manufacturer, that doesn't work in the long run . . .
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like Mitsubishi feels burned by their i-MiEV failure and is heading big into hybrids and plug-in hybrids. But the truth is that both markets are viable. The i-MiEV failed here because kei cars are too small for the US market and the 16KWH battery was just too damn small.
        foxtrot685
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        The iMiEV didn't fail. It did what it was supposed to do in the US. And that was to get CAFE credit for having an zero emission product in the lineup and bring the overall CAFE score up to reduce penalty fees. It succeeded. Trust when I tell you, Mitsubishi wasn't banking on selling tens of thousands of them.
        EVnerdGene
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        The American version was 11.2 inches longer, and 4.3 inches wider than the Jap/Euro spec kei-car based. Read down until you see USA version: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_i-MiEV Mitsubishi probably lost beau cu-bucks bringing the I-MiEV to the USA. No matter how big the car or battery, still not big enough for fat-assed Americans.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is a shame that Mitsubishi couldn't turn translate their first-affordable-EV-on-the-market lead into significant sales and segment leadership. The company has the engineering talent and should be able to rival Toyota and Honda but there seems to be a lack of leadership vision and execution. Out of 17 models they had 2 plug-ins which are overweight SUVs and a mild hybrid(35-40mpg) mpv. No pure electrics, everything else they are planning to launch for the next 5 years is based on ancient technology. Color me unimpressed.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Yeah, I think they are concluding the wrong lessons from the poor sales of the i-MiEV.
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        How do you know what they're going to launch in the next 5 years when we don't even know what they're going to launch in the next 5 months? Give it a rest.
        foxtrot685
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        We dont know how much the SUV and the CUV weigh and none of the concept vehicles shown have been given mileage estimates for fuel. Where did you get this information, besides thin air?
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      So...these are coming from the same company who made the Mirage?
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the Trax, no wait the Beat, naw, the Groove... They could have at least changed the colors when doing the same thing GM did.
        foxtrot685
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        Please, that electric green has been used by SEVERAL manufacturers within the last decade on concept, and production vehicles. Try again...
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @foxtrot685
          Didn't say it hadn't. At least shuffle the colors. The Beat was the hot hatch and got the green, Mitsu puts the green on the hot hatch...
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go mitsu
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