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Mitsubishi's Oddball SUV Concept Takes Shape

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Mitsubishi’s quirky SUV concept will debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show this month.

Last month, Mitsubishi teased a new electrified SUV concept with a curious-looking design that will debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show this month. The shadowy teaser photo wasn't very revealing, but Mitsubishi has now given us a better look at its new quirky SUV concept before its world debut. It now has a name too, as Mitsubishi has confirmed it's called the Mi-Tech Concept.

A new teaser photo of the concept's profile shows the Mitsubishi Mi-Tech will adopt a very unusual design with no roof or doors. It also has massive wheel arches and slim headlights and taillights. Mitsubishi also revealed the Engelberg Tourer Concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, so these two concepts suggest the Japanese automaker's future SUVs will have a bold new design direction. The Japanese automaker is already considering putting the Engelberg Tourer Concept into production.

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According to Mitsubishi, the Mi-Tech Concept is powered by a 4-motor 4WD system with two motors at the front and rear axle, allowing optimum torque to be delivered to all four wheels. Mitsubishi says this results in "precise handling for the daily use in town" and optimized off-road performance.

What also makes the Mi-Tech Concept unique is that the PHEV system is equipped with a gas turbine generator instead of a traditional gasoline engine. This allows the driver to use pure-electric and series hybrid modes and delivers "smooth and powerful performance". The power output is being kept under wraps for now, but expect more details to be confirmed at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

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As you'd expect for a concept, the Mi-Tech Concept is loaded with futuristic tech including a human machine interface (HMI) that projects information detected by using advanced optical sensing technology onto the AR windshield. A Mi-Pilot driver assistance system also alerts the driver if it detects a potential collision and can take over the steering wheel and brakes. In addition, active safety systems support the driver in avoiding collisions or mitigate the collision damage.

This won't be the only new Mitsubishi concept that will debut at the show, either. Mitsubishi will also present the Super Height K-Wagon Concept envisioning a future kei car, which features a roomy interior, nimble handling, brisk performance, and advanced driver assist technology.

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