Geneva 2015: a look at the news from Mitsubishi

In the coming week, automobile madness will once again rage in Geneva. Every spring, the salon is the important start to a new automotive year. The Japanese automobile manufacturer Mitsubishi will give two new products a look at three models this year.

How it works? 

European premiere: the new Mitsubishi L200

mitsubishi l200 european premiere in geneva

The successor to the robust Pick-Up L200 will celebrate its European premiere in Geneva. With the L200, Mitsubishi is one of the few providers of a real workhorse in a manageable pick-up size. With us he has L200 already proven his talents several times. Last as “Hunter version” of the versatile L200.

The L200 now presented in Geneva is the European variant of the new pick-up model launched in Thailand in November 2014 under the type designation “Triton”. While the new model generation has been further developed in terms of functionality and reliability with regard to its use as a work device, it also represents the contemporary interpretation of a "sport utility truck", which is on a par with conventional sedans in terms of comfort and space. A 2,4 liter MIVEC turbo diesel engine is used as the drive source, which is powered by a CO2-Output of only 169 g / km is one of the most efficient drives in its class and combines superior performance with excellent driveability, especially in the 181 HP high-power version. The 4WD models feature the "Super Select 4WD-II" all-wheel drive system known from the Pajero classic, which provides several driving modes for maximum traction on a wide variety of surfaces and excellent off-road capability.

That would be the first, the concrete novelty. The next two variants require a little imagination.

Concept XR-PHEV II

With the cryptic name “XR-PHEV II”, Mitsubishi is showing, I would simply interpret it now, an outlook on two new models of the future.

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The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II is a compact SUV crossover model with an urban character and front-wheel drive. A highly efficient, light and compact plug-in hybrid system ensures a temperament that is appropriate for the type and minimal environmental impact.

From the press release.

If you look at the concept photos, the XR is the successor to the current Mitsubishi ASX. The drive train in the system called PHEV II consists of a MIVEC petrol engine and a 163 hp electric motor. You save the second electric motor for the rear axle, contrary to the solution from the Outlander PHEV. To do this, the entire drive package is optimized in terms of efficiency. This PHEV-II drive train should also work as a serial as well as a parallel hybrid. That would be the concept of the Outlander plug-in hybrid optimize for a vehicle class below. In the compact SUV segment (Mitsubishi ASX), all-wheel drive is often a purely optional variant and is rarely ordered by customers. A 2WD-PHEV II can be well imagined as a new ASX. But - and now there is concept number three, also as the basis for a sporty eco-racer.

Mitsubishi seems to be further optimizing the plug-in hybrid package, instead of two electric motors with 82 hp each, only one electric motor with almost twice the power is used. That saves space and costs. And probably weight too. But what happens if you now also install the new 163 hp electric motor on the rear axle? It is to be expected that Mitsubishi will not develop a completely new platform for the PHEV II, but will further optimize the existing one. That would mean it is entirely possible to create a sporty compact (ASX size) that starts with two 163 hp electric motors. Do we see the next Mitsubishi EVO here?

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Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II: basic technical data

length x WIDTH X HEIGHT4.490 x 1.890 x 1.620 mm
wheelbase2.670 mm
battery capacity12 kWh
Power120 kW (163 PS)
drive BartFront wheel drive (2WD)
CO2emissionsless than 40 g / km
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Mitsubishi L200: basic technical data

length x WIDTH X HEIGHT5.285 x 1.815 x 1.780 mm
wheelbase3.000 mm
Engine2,4-liter turbo-diesel MIVEC
Power TypeAll-wheel drive system "Super Select 4WD-II"
CO2emissions169 g / km (6 MT) / 189 g / km (5 AT)
Performance"Low Power": 113 kW (154 hp)
"High Power": 133 kW (181 hp)
Max. Torque"Low Power": 380 Nm
"High Power": 430 Nm
[/ tab] [tab title = ”About Mitsubishi”] Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is the oldest automobile series manufacturer in Japan. As early as 1917, the company manufactured the series-ready Model A in Kobe, which was powered by a 2,8-liter four-cylinder with 35 hp. Production of light trucks began in 1921, and in 1934 the first four-wheel drive and diesel engine, the PX 33, was built. Mitsubishi made history with the Pajero off-road vehicle, the competitive version of which won the Paris Dakar Rally eleven times. The brand also scored in on-road rallying and, with five titles as rally world champion, is one of the most successful car manufacturers in this competition. Today, the goal of sustainable mobility is embedded in the company statutes. With the Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle electric vehicle, the step into e-mobility was successful, the Plug-in Hybrid Outlander is the first SUV Plug-in Hybrid with all-wheel drive. Source: press release[/ tab] [/ tabgroup]

One thing is clear: Mitsubishi fans miss the sporty note. Painful. Sooner or later Mitsubishi will also have to replace the 2.0 liter four-cylinder MIVEC petrol engine with a turbocharged variant. Such a new turbo engine, then probably with a displacement of 1.6 liters, combined with two 160 HP electric motors and the 12 kWh battery cell could, with luck, fit under the cover of a new strength athlete. This would, on the one hand, continue to use the entire service package, give the PHEV technology an emotional touch and still not lose sight of efficiency.

I am not giving up my hope for such a solution for now! 



Gallery: Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II


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