Mitsubishi Mi-Tech concept hints at all-electric ASX

The plug-in hybrid, open top Mitsubishi MI-TECH SUV will be revealed later this month at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

Ignore the beach buggy looks and hidden behind Mitsubishi’s Mi-Tech concept, unveiled at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show, is the company’s new ASX mid-size SUV.

The aggressive front end with T-shaped LED light treatment and the sleeker rear with wide rear lights are all set to make it to production, along with features such as the ‘EV and PHEV Icon’ – the side blade that’s sitting ahead of the front doors.

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The Mi-Tech features a gas turbine engine that generates power for the on-board batteries. The power unit can run on petrol, diesel, alcohol or kerosene, while four inboard electric motors – two on each axle – give the car four-wheel drive. Plug-in tech can boost the battery’s charge, too.

However, although Mitsubishi revealed that it’ll be launching both compact and a mid-size SUVs with plug-in power by 2022, Auto Express understands the next generation ASX won’t be one of them.
Instead, the ASX will be available with a choice of full electric or hybrid power – and it’s set to go on sale some time in 2021.

Mi-Tech also features a hi-tech interior, but without the obligatory touchscreen system seen on so many other cars. Instead it gets a large display projected onto the windscreen that both driver and passenger can use. This is tech that the company is ‘actively pursuing’ according to one insider.

Before we see the next-generation ASX from Mitsubishi, the Outlander will be replaced by a model previewed by the Engelberg Tourer Concept shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. 

At the same time we’ll see a heavily facelifted Eclipse Cross which will be offered for the first time with plug-in tech.

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