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Mitsubishi Reveals New Concept-cX

February 29th, 2008



 

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) will unveil the Concept-cX SUV at this year’s Melbourne International Motor Show.

A showcase for the SUV technologies for which Mitsubishi Motors is renowned, the Concept-cX is a new generation of SUV combining the best in environmentally-friendly technologies with style, performance and practicality.

Borrowing its wedge-shaped nose, trapezoidal grille and edgy headlights from the newly released Lancer sedan, the Concept-cX has looks that reinforce its sporty feel. Its unique medium blue duco is designed to create a more calming feel, and aluminium flakes in the paint give the car a distinctive metallic, translucent finish. The T-shaped glass tailgate characterises the rear view, and creates a more laid-back image. The cX’s front bumper is also fashioned from energy-absorbing materials, maximising pedestrian safety and allowing the bumper to return to its original shape after a light impact.

Among the number of new environmental technologies applied in the Concept-cX is the extensive use of interior trim materials made from Mitsubishi's own Green Plastic — made from bamboo and other plant-based resins — part of an effort to stop global warming and slow the depletion of oil reserves.
The cX is powered by Mitsubishi’s newly-developed 1.8-litre 4N13-type clean diesel engine, which maximises power and reduces fuel consumption and emissions through a series of technologically advanced features.

To improve fuel efficiency, the new clean diesel engines use a 200-MPa ultra-high-pressure common rail injection system and either solenoid (4N13-type engine) or piezo (4N14-type engine) injectors, as well as a fast ceramic glow plug system. The result is excellent emissions performance at a lower compression ratio than other diesel engines to date. The lower compression ratio also lowers the combustion pressure, which means that an aluminium cylinder block can be used, reducing engine weight. Therefore, in addition to returning better mileage, the new engines optimise the vehicle’s front-rear weight distribution, leading to better handling and road performance.

The 1.8-litre 4N13-type engine featured in the cX uses a VG (Variable Geometry) turbocharger with a variable vane turbine, which provides optimal boost pressure for different driving conditions. An offset angle crankshaft within the engine substantially reduces friction, and therefore noise and vibration, allowing the engine to pull smoothly and quietly all the way to the top end. Finally, a new catalyst system combines a DOC (Diesel Oxidation Catalyst), NTC (NOx Trap Catalyst) and DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) to meet the requirements of international emissions standards.

The clean diesel engine is paired with Mitsubishi’s Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST), providing the fuel economy of a manual transmission with the ease of an automatic. The TC-SST makes quick, smooth gear changes possible by placing odd and even gears on separate input shafts with electro-hydraulic control of the two multi-plate wet clutches.

TC-SST also allows the driver to switch between three modes – Normal, Sport and S-Sport (Super Sport) – to optimise performance in a full range of driving situations, from city driving to sporty motoring on the open road.

The Concept-cX features Mitsubishi’s electronically controlled 4WD system (currently in production in the Outlander SUV) combined with integrally managed ABS and Active Stability Control (ASC) systems. This driveline regulates four-wheel torque and braking force, creating a balance designed to extract maximum performance from the cX’s large-diameter tyres with their exclusive tread pattern and ensure vehicle stability on wet or winding surfaces.

Inside the cX, the cabin combines a sporty feel with driver and passenger comfort. The dashboard is covered in soft padding, and touches of genuine brown leather and upholstery in the black and white interior create a luxurious, warm space.

The cX’s compact size and high driving position provide the driver with a wide visual range, making the vehicle easy to manoeuvre in any situation. A split rear tailgate also makes for simple access into the luggage area, and allows for easier loading.

“The Concept-cX combines the best of both worlds,” MMAL President and Chief Executive Officer Robert McEniry said. “It has the practicality of an SUV, but is environmentally-friendly as well and builds on Mitsubishi’s proud reputation of four-wheel drive vehicles.”

The Concept-cX will be on display at the Mitsubishi stand throughout the show which runs from 29th February to 10th March.

Mitsubishi Concept-cX specifications

Overall length

4,100 [mm]

Overall width

1,750 [mm]

Overall height

1,550 [mm]

Wheelbase

2,525 [mm]

Track (F/R)

1,510/1,510 [mm]

 Seating capacity 

4

Engine

 1.8-liter clean diesel engine 

Max. output

100kW

Max. torque

280 Nm

Transmission

Twin Clutch SST

Tires

225/45R19




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