Mitsubishi To Unveil Plug-In Hybrid Concept


  • Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II Picture

    Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II Picture

    Mitsubishi's stand at the upcoming Tokyo show will feature the next-generation Mirage compact and the Concept PX-MiEV II plug-in hybrid.

2011 Tokyo Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Mitsubishi's stand at the upcoming Tokyo show will feature the next-generation Mirage compact and the Concept PX-MiEV II plug-in hybrid.
  • The PX-MiEV II is an update of the original PX-MiEV concept from the 2009 Tokyo Auto Show.
  • The redesigned Mirage compact goes on sale first in Thailand in March 2012, then in Japan and other export markets.

TOKYO — Mitsubishi's stand at the upcoming 2011 Tokyo Auto Show will feature the next-generation Mirage compact and the Concept PX-MiEV II plug-in hybrid.

The PX-MiEV II, as its name implies, is an update of the original PX-MiEV concept from the 2009 Tokyo Auto Show. The midsize crossover appears to be edging closer to production, with a 94-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a pair of 60kW electric motors, one in front and one in the rear, effectively providing all-wheel drive.

Riding on 18-inch wheels and tires, with accommodations for five occupants, the PX-MiEV II has a projected range of more than 500 miles, including a range in pure-electric mode of more than 30 miles. Mitsubishi says the fuel-economy equivalent is around 140 mpg. Moreover, the company claims acceleration, with the twin electric motors and small gas engine, is about the same as that of a standard 3.0-liter V6 engine.

The redesigned Mirage compact goes on sale first in Thailand in March 2012, then in Japan and other export markets.

The Tokyo showcar seats five and is equipped with a frugal 1.0-liter three-cylinder gas engine with an automatic stop-start system and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Average fuel economy is projected at more than 70 mpg.

Mitsubishi also plans to exhibit its new Minicab-MiEV, a compact-truck companion to the automaker's i-MiEV electric vehicle that will be released in Japan in December.

Edmunds.com says: Mitsubishi executives have hinted that a high-performance version of the PX-MiEV's plug-in hybrid powertrain could find its way into a successor to the Lancer Evo.

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