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Mitsubishi PX-MiEV II Concept

MITSUBISHI CONCEPT PX-MiEV
1. Design
Solid, Safe, and Simple were the keywords which drove the development of an exterior design suitable for a next-generation crossover that creates simple appearance from which all extraneous elements have been pared and that is free of the "rugged" elements typical in conventional SUVs. The headlamps and rear combination lamps use LED emitters that give the car an innovative and modern appearance as well as delivering better environmental performance with their reduced power consumption. The body uses a newly-developed metal colour that gives the car a metal shell-like appearance. Combining elements of both spoke and dish styling, the road wheel design highlights an unprecedented new look to the body as well improving brake cooling and aerodynamic performance.

The interior was designed to give an image of an airplane cockpit to improve the driver's concentration, with an instrument panel that envelops the passengers and utilises seats that keep the passengers firmly in place. In addition, the entire instrument panel and door trim utilise soft LED lighting that express the vehicle's innovation and refinement.

2. Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid System
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. In addition, the vehicle comes with the newly-developed Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid System in which electronic circuitry automatically switches to the optimum drive mode for different driving conditions and remaining energy in the drive battery to extract maximum efficiency from the electric motors and from the gasoline engine. The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV also utilises 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. With these, a pleasing, safe, and comfortable ride is achieved while conserving energy. In addition, to maximise effective use of the drive battery, the vehicle is equipped with a power supply mode that allows the use of some battery power to supply domestic appliances or as an emergency power source in the event of a natural disaster.

EV mode
At low to middle vehicle speeds the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV's drive battery powers the front motor using front-wheel drive. When driving on snow, in the rain or in other low surface friction situations where maximum vehicle stability is required, the system automatically switches to four-wheel drive mode by feeding power to the rear wheel motor as well when sensors detect any front wheel slip.

Series hybrid mode
When the remaining energy in the drive battery falls to a predetermined level the system starts the gasoline engine to generate electricity and automatically switches to the series hybrid mode using the electricity generated to power the motors. In this mode as well, the system switches to four-wheel drive by driving the rear motor depending on driving conditions.

Parallel hybrid mode
At higher vehicle speeds the car is supported by the gasoline engine which operates more efficiently than the electric motors at high revolutions. In this mode, the gasoline engine also helps drive the wheels. When the driver makes sudden lane changes or other manoeuvres requiring greater vehicle stability the system switches to four-wheel drive by bringing in the rear motor to drive the rear wheels, improving stability. In addition when overtaking at higher speeds or in other situations requiring faster acceleration the system switches in both front and rear motors to provide additional power and assist the gasoline engine, providing high acceleration.

Regenerative mode
When the vehicle is slowing or coasting down a long descending slope the system switches to regenerative mode in which kinetic energy reclaimed from the wheels is stored in the drive battery.

Charging mode
As with the production i-MiEV, Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV features a 3-way battery charging system using either a 100-volt or a 200-volt domestic supply or a high-power quick-charging station. The system also incorporates a Wireless Charging Program feature that allows the owner to start charging the battery or start the air conditioner at a preset time even when away from the vehicle.

Power supply mode
As a way to maximise the usefulness of the power stored in the drive battery based on the "Smart Grid Framework," which garners attention as a link in tackling global warming, when not on the road the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV allows the owner to store electricity at night and then use that electricity via the normal charging connector to power home appliances during the daytime when domestic electricity consumption is highest. This allows the drive battery to be used as a power source in the event of a natural disaster. Should the electricity left in the battery fall below a predetermined level, the gasoline engine starts up and works as generator to maintain the power supply at a fixed level.

A 100-volt AC auxiliary socket in the rear luggage compartment also allows the electricity stored in the drive battery to be used to power cooking or lighting equipment and other appliances when camping or engaged in other leisure activities.

3. Drive system
Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV uses Mitsubishi's S-AWC integrated vehicle handling control system which is configured around an E-4WD (Electronically-powered four-wheel drive) system that controls front and rear motor output to deliver the optimum front/rear drive torque split. Under the integrated control of the S-AWC system are E-AYC (Electric-powered Active Yaw Control), which controls left/right torque split at the rear wheels and the degree of deceleration energy recovery, ASC (Active Stability Control) and ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) components.

Unlike the AYC system on the Lancer Evolution X which uses a wet multi-plate clutch arrangement, E-AYC uses a differential motor to control rear wheel torque split. The use of the differential motor makes for a high-efficiency system with outstanding response and contributes to the on-demand handling and outstanding vehicle stability that characterises the S-AWC system.





 

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Mitsubishi PX-MiEV II Concept
The Concept PX-MiEV II is a plug-in hybrid PHEV that combines Mitsubishi’s existing EV technology in an SUV body. The hybrid setup increases range over conventional small EV-only city cars. The automaker uses technology lifted from its i-MiEV (or “i” in the U.S.) electric city car and a conventional gasoline engine. Mitsubishi claims the Concept PX-MiEV II has a range of 800 km (496 miles) and can achieve as much as 60 km per liter (around 141 mpg).

Mitsubishi says it can go as far as 50 km (31 miles) on battery power alone. The gasoline engine can be used as a generator (like the Chevy Volt) or drive the wheels directly. The Concept PX-MiEV II uses a 2.0-liter MIVEC four-cylinder engine making 94 horsepower combined with two 80-horsepower electric motors that drive Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) four-wheel-drive system – the same system used in the Lancer Evolution X. Mitsubishi claims the instant torque from the electric motors help it accelerate like a 3.0-liter V6 engine.
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Mitsubishi Concept Teaser

Mitsubishi Mystery Teaser Released Ahead of 2012 Geneva Auto Show
Just the Facts:
-Mitsubishi will take the wraps off a new global vehicle at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show in March and released a single teaser shot on Thursday.
-The image shows the front end of the model, although the Japanese automaker released few details about what it called "a strategic and innovative premium vehicle."
-It said the vehicle is due out later this year.
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Evo me, bitches!
 

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It looks like a little suv
 

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New Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi has revealed its all-new Mitsubishi Outlander ahead of its world debut at next month’s Geneva motor show. The new third-generation Outlander line-up will include a plug-in hybrid model with CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and economy greater than 140mpg.

The new Outlander was most recently previewed at the Tokyo motor show as the PX-MiEV II concept car. The production Outlander sports very little changes over the concept, featuring a slightly softened front end with circular fog lights, a revised front grille and a different lower front bumper.

New features include a new steering column that adjusts for reach and rake, ‘wide vision’ xenon headlamps, dual-zone air-con, a flat cargo area and a powered tailgate. Added safety kit includes a ‘Forward Collision Mitigation System, a lane departure warning system and active cruise control.

Engine options include revised versions of the current 2.0-litre MIVEC petrol and 2.2-litre MIVEC clean diesel engine. Front and four-wheel drive will be offered, alongside stop-start, a new six-speed automatic gearbox and a new eco driving mode. The Outlander has target CO2 emissions of less than 130g/km in conventional models.

The all-wheel drive plug-in drivetrain will be available in Europe from 2013 following the standard car's launch later this summer. The system uses two electric motors, one to power each axle, and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. It can travel up to 30 miles on electric power alone, and combined economy could be as high as 141mpg.
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Electric power for the 4wd, no more turbo. Definitely an indication of where the next Evo's going...
 

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First Drive Review: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Easygoing Outlander range-extender is refreshingly usable and uncompromised for everyday family use

What is it?


A different kind of plug-in hybrid: this is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which Autocar has been given a world-exclusive first drive in.

Why different? We’ll let the man from Mitsubishi explain. “If the next generation of battery-powered cars is ever going to become truly mainstream, it’s vital that they become ordinary,” he said. “The handful of plug-in hybrids that we’ve seen thus far have been showcase cars; four-wheeled statements of technological advancement for their manufacturers, and of environmental awareness for their drivers, rather than practical, usable family machines for everyone.

“Ours is different,” he insisted, before handing us the keys to a near-finished prototype. Just as we were, you’re probably inclined to dismiss all that as marketing waffle, but the car itself does actually live up to the billing.

What is it like?


The Outlander PHEV is coming to Europe by the middle of next year and will become the market’s first all-wheel drive range-extended EV. But it’s more significant, says Mitsubishi, because it’s just another Outlander. Not a dedicated low-emissions model like the Prius, or an avant-garde poster boy like the Chevrolet Volt. It's just one more version of the new-generation mid-sized crossover SUV, planned from the outset, that could drastically reduce your fuel bills without any real compromise on maximum range, comfort, practicality or all-weather dependability.

Well, there is one compromise: it only comes with five seats. But that apart, both inwardly and outwardly, the Outlander PHEV looks very much like the rest of the model range. The keen of eye may spot an LED running light here, a chrome trim there or a special alloy wheel, and on the inside, there are different instruments, a special gear selector and some special leather – but that’s it. The PHEV has the same 591-litre boot as the rest of the range, and the same roomy, functional cabin.

It’s driven primarily by two 80bhp electric motors, one for each axle. They’re exactly the same as the ones you’ll find in an i-Miev EV, and draw power, via two independent current inverters, from a 12kWh lithium ion battery under the floor. The rear motor produces a peak 144lb ft of torque from zero rpm, the front one up to 101lb ft. And the power they produce is good for up to 34 miles of battery range, after a four-hour charge from a 240v, 15amp mains supply.

Drive on after that electric range is used up and the back-up 2.0-litre petrol engine fires into life. Initially it only operates in ‘series’ mode, running the 70kW current generator to keep the traction motors supplied with juice, and the battery ticking over at about 30 per cent charge. But ask for maximum acceleration, which feels fairly brisk, and the car goes into ‘parallel’ hybrid mode; the engine begins to drive the front wheels directly, while also still providing power for the battery and motors.

Maximum ‘extended’ range is claimed at a very respectable 547 miles. Like an Ampera, there’s a button to force the powertrain to hold battery charge at any given level. But unlike the Vauxhall, there’s another one to use petrol power to charge back up to 70 per cent on the battery – for towing, climbing or simply to save up your zero-emissions running for later in your journey.

The circumstances of our test in the PHEV didn’t allow us to fully examine its electric range, or to get a feel for how European cars will ride and handle – our test car had the Japanese-spec chassis settings. But the car did have good mechanical refinement; it’s typically quiet in EV mode and when the combustion engine starts, it seems well insulated and distant.

Pedal response is consistent, with none of the mushiness at the top of the brake pedal you can find in some hybrids, and outright performance is very flexible: relaxing most of the time; strong enough under full power.

The test car rode very smoothly, with little noise from the suspension. Body control was a little lax, allowing plenty of lateral roll, and the power steering system could be made more predictable. But all that’s due to be improved upon for European models.

Should I buy one?


With 1.8 tonnes to lug around and a 2.0-litre engine doing the range extension, it remains to be seen how economical the Outlander will be under combustion power. We’d expect no better than 35mpg. For high-mileage UK buyers, the cheaper 2.2-litre ‘Clean Diesel’ will be the more economical car in the real world, and probably the better bet even after CO2 taxes are considered.

Nevertheless, for those whom it suits – who do as many short-range trips as anything, can charge at home, and who want a 4x4 that’ll count for less on their monthly company car tax bill - the PHEV should really appeal. Rated to tow 1.6 tonnes and entirely suited to family life, it brings everyday, any-occasion usability to the low-emission market. And that’s very welcome indeed.
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Quite a front-end change for Mitsu. I wonder how much of it is their 'hybrid-look' vs. 'internal-combustion-only' look.

34 miles on a 4-hour, 240v, 15amp charge. Pfffffffffft.
 

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Debuts with All-New Styling, Four- and Six-Cylinder Power
Mitsubishi is launching the third generation of its Outlander SUV, a seven-seater that the company identifies as “compact.” Slightly lower, lighter, and more carlike than last year’s model, it takes on small and mid-size crossover SUVs, as well as the few station wagons available here. Styled by a design team led by Hideaki Kanazawa, the new Outlander is more rounded and less aggressive than its predecessor.

Mitsubishi focused on efficiency and economy with the new Outlander: The new body is said to be aerodynamically more efficient by 7 percent, the weight is down by a claimed 200 pounds, and there is an Eco setting that modifies throttle sensitivity and climate-control operation. And, in Eco mode, the optional all-wheel-drive system engages the rear wheels only when absolutely necessary.

The Outlander will continue to be offered with a 2.4-liter four, which now makes 166 hp at 6000 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm. In a return engagement, an old-school, SOHC 3.0-liter V-6 will make an appearance, albeit exclusively in the GT model. Output for the six: 224 hp at 6250 rpm and a 215 lb-ft at 3750 rpm. The entry-level engine is mated to a CVT, which ought to cause uncomfortable levels of noise from the four-banger during heavy acceleration. It simulates actual gearshifts, thus wasting its inherent design advantage of being able to maintain engine revs at an optimal level. Meanwhile, the V-6 comes only with a six-speed automatic, said by Mitsubishi to be "a paragon of efficiency.”




 

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Heard folks bemoaning the loss of the front clip from previous model. I'll have to see that in person to make up my mind. Looks like a decent design to work with. It will depend on proportions, etc.
 
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