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Mitsubishi Shows Future Vehicles - (Global)

July 10th, 2008
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  • Mitsubishi shows all-electric i-MiEV SPORT technology concept and the Concept-cX, the new ‘baby Outlander’
  • Both cars show the green focus of Mitsubishi’s future product plans

Mitsubishi i-MiEV SPORT
Based on the i-MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) city car, which is expected for sale in the UK in 2009, the i-MiEV SPORT showcases the sporty potential of the zero-emissions electric vehicle.

The car features Mitsubishi Motors' unique in-wheel motors in the front plus the company's vehicle dynamics control system - S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) to achieve high manoeuvrability and environmental performance.

Like the i-MiEV, the i-MiEV SPORT uses a rear-midship design in its layout. Making use of the relatively long wheelbase of this platform, a high-capacity lithium-ion battery is installed in the lowest area under the floor, and components including a motor and inverter are arranged beneath the luggage compartment.

The aluminium space frame is light, rigid and strong; helping to improve performance by minimizing weight.

The powertrain system employs three permanent magnetic synchronous motors. One in-wheel motor is placed at each front wheel and a single motor drives the rear wheels, similar to the "i-MiEV" system. An E-4WD system electronically optimizes the output of all motors.

Energy-saving environmental innovations are seen throughout the i-MiEV SPORT. Effective use of energy is achieved by installing an auxiliary photovoltaic generator on the roof, a power-generating fan inside the front grill, and regenerative braking functions to recover energy when the car is slowing down. Much of the lighting is by bright, power-saving LEDs, included in the rear combination lamps and vehicle interior, and the efficiency of the air conditioning is enhanced by the use of heat-absorbing window glass.

In addition, Green Plastic — Mitsubishi Motors' unique plant-based resin technology — is used wherever possible for interior components.

i-MiEV SPORT Specifications:

Overall length

3,450 mm

Overall width

1,600 mm

Overall height

1,400 mm


2,550 mm

Seating capacity

2 + 2 people


Permanent magnet synchronous motor-style (front); single motor (rear)

Maximum output

Front: 20 kW × 2; rear: 47 kW

Maximum torque

Front: 250 Nm × 2; rear: 180 Nm

Maximum speed

180km / h

Range (10 15) mode


Drive system


Tyre Size


Mitsubishi Concept-cX
The Concept-cX will be shown as the new ‘baby Outlander’ combining over 70-years of four wheel drive experience with an innovative global environmental strategy. The Concept-cX, when launched, will be the showcase for the CO² friendly all-new Euro 5 Clean Diesel family of engines to be launched in 2009 as well a number of other green technologies.

The new engine is planned to have class-topping power output and Euro 5 emissions performance include a new high-efficiency turbocharger and high-efficiency combustion characteristics developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Motors.

Sharp in design and in dynamics, Mitsubishi’s Concept-cX boasts an excellent environmental performance to be seen in the low fuel consumption and emission levels achieved by its 100 kW (136 ps) @ 4,000 rpm / 280 Nm @ 2,000 rpm next generation 1.8-litre Clean Diesel DOHC 16 valve 4 cylinder engine.

Amongst other technologies, it features a variable geometry (VG) turbocharger – to generate optimum boost pressure for all engine loads – as well as DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and DOC (Diesel Oxidation Catalyst). The 1.8 litre Clean Diesel engine is mated to Mitsubishi Motors’ Twin Clutch SST technology.

Concept-cX’s further green credentials include eco-friendly “Green Plastics”, MMC’s proprietary plant-based resin technology - made from bamboo and other plant-based resins, used for interior trim materials, such as floor mats, door trim, tail gate trim and seat back panels.

Its on-road abilities are further enhanced by the use of Mitsubishi’s sophisticated AWC (All Wheel Control) technology, similar in essence to the device successfully introduced with the new Outlander.

Concept-cX Specifications:

Overall length

4,100 mm

Overall width

1,750 mm

Overall Height

1,550 mm


2,525 mm


1,360 kg

Riding capacity

5 / 7 people


4-cylinder / 1,799 cc DOHC, 16-valves common rail with Solonoidal injector fuel system. “Clean Diesel” Euro 5 with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC)


Variable Geometry (VG) turbocharger

Maximum output

100 kW (136 ps) @ 4,000 rpm

Maximum torque

280 Nm @ 2,000 rpm

Maximum speed

180km / h


Electronically piloted All Wheel Control system with Twin Clutch-SST (Sports Shift Transmission)

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