The 41st Tokyo Motor Show is the place where Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will showcase its latest technology heights in the form of two brand new concepts. One of them is called the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV. Powered by a new Plug-in Hybrid System, the PX-MiEV Concept's EV mode run is extended vastly and the fuel economy reaches the remarkable 50 km/liter. The new Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV represents a new-generation concept car that balances high environmental with road performance by using differential motors and Mitsubishi's all-new S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control), that utilizes E-AYC (Electric-powered Active Yaw Control) which transfers torque to the rear left and right wheels.

The PX-MiEV concept also features Mitsubishi's lately developed cocochi-interior, which offers a comfortable cabin environment, as well as many of the latest safety technologies. The Japanese word "cocochi" stands for "cozy", like the interior itself.

Outside, the future crossover is distinguished by a solid, simple and safety design combined with few innovative solutions. The headlamps and the rear combination lamps uses LED emitters that gives the vehicle modern appearance as well as delivering better environmental performance with their reduced power consumption. A newly-developed metal color gives the car a metal shell-like appearance.

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The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV's front and rear wheels are powered by two permanent magnet synchronous motors and is also fitted with a 1.6L DOHC MIVEC gasoline engine which can power the front wheels as well as work as a generator. The car also utilizes the MiEV OS (MiEV Operating System) which selects the optimum drive mode through integrated control of the EV components and the gasoline engine as well as controls optimum electrical charge and output in response to remaining battery energy through constant monitoring of the drive battery.

The windshield of the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV is made from heat-reflecting glass, which reduces the amount of heat energy passing through. The future vehicle also benefits from an infrared ray blocking glass in the door windows.

The PX-MiEV Concept showcases several new active safety technologies:

- The "New Multi-around Monitor" system uses cameras located at strategic points on the body to provide the driver with a combined image of the full perimeter of the vehicle. The combined image is displayed for the driver on a monitor from an overhead view for improved safety around the perimeter of the vehicle.

-The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV is equipped for the Driving Safety Support System (DSSS (Level II)) currently being promoted by the Japanese National Police Agency. In this advanced vehicle-infrastructure safety support system, an on-board receiver picks up signals transmitted by roadside optical beacons and the system urges the driver to take extra care when other vehicles or pedestrians have been detected by roadside sensors and cameras at intersections and pedestrian crossings.

-Employing a system that uses wireless technology to ascertain the position of other vehicles and warn the driver when their proximity so requires, the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV also supports the Advanced Safety Vehicle 4 (ASV4) project being promoted by the Road Transport Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

-The vehicle is also fitted with a Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) system, employing the road-to-vehicle communications capabilities used in Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) to determine the position of the vehicle and whether it is parked or not.

Other features of the vehicle are: the electronically-controlled air suspension that gives the driver the choice of three ride height modes; the new-generation steering wheel switch and control layout that offers outstanding usability and switch visibility for safer and less stressful driving; the switch operation indicators located in the instrument panel make it quicker and easier for the driver to visually check and control the switch positions.

Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV specifications:

  • Overall length - 4510 mm
  • Overall width - 1830 mm
  • Overall height - 1655 mm
  • Wheelbase - 2630 mm
  • Track F/R - 1570 mm / 1570 mm
  • Occupants - 4
  • Motors (front and rear) - Permanent magnet synchronous
  • Max. output - 60 kW (front and rear)
  • Max. torque - 200 Nm (front and rear)
  • 10-15 mode EV cruising range - Over 50km
  • Engine - 1.6L DOHC MIVEC (gasoline)
  • Max. output - 85 kW
  • Max. torque - 125 Nm
  • Generating capacity - 70 kW
  • 10-15 mode fuel consumption - Over 50 km/L
  • Drive train - E-4WD
  • Tire size - 245/45R20