Mitsubishi MI-TECH concept teased again

More details revealed for plug-in-hybrid Mitsubishi MI-TECH concept, as Tokyo debut nears

Mitsubishi has revealed more details of the MI-TECH plug-in hybrid concept car that'll be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The latest teaser image shows the side profile of the car, which has no roof and only two seats, despite being described as a ‘small SUV'.

No performance details have been given away, but Mitsubishi says the concept will deliver “unparalleled driving pleasure and confidence over all terrain”. The vehicle will have "a downsized, lower-weight" plug-in hybrid drivetrain, with a total of four electric motors giving four-wheel drive.

Two motors will be placed on each axle, which Mitsubishi says will result in “precise handling” around town as well as “ingenious performance” off-road.

Meanwhile, the company says the concept will use a gas turbine generator as opposed to an internal-combustion engine, with a range of electric and hybrid driving modes offered.

The manufacturer also claims the powertrain will provide a "new kind of driving experience" that gives "reassurance and safety in everyday driving about town, while allowing drivers of all abilities to confidently push further over the unmade or rough road surfaces".

Future technology will also feature: a ‘human machine interface’ will project information onto the windscreen, and active driver assistance systems will help drivers avoid collisions by taking partial control of the steering wheel and brakes.

The concept’s shape is unconventional for an SUV, bearing more of a resemblance to the Volkswagen ID. Buggy concept than your everyday family vehicle. In a teaser image released in September, a tail-light can just be made out in the lower right section of the image, while four fan-like units are placed across two buttresses.

A glass panel covers what could be an electric motor, while a groove down the left of the vehicle contributes to the aggressive styling.

Mitsubishi unveiled another plug-in hybrid concept – the Engelberg Tourer Concept SUV – at the Geneva Motor Show in March. That car featured the same 2.4-litre petrol engine and electric motors as the Outlander PHEV, although it had a larger 20kWh battery for greater zero-emissions range.

The Tokyo Motor Show will open its doors to the public on 24 October.