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Auto Shows Mitsubishi's Mi-Tech concept is the best tiny turbine Tonka truck in Tokyo

07:40  23 october  2019
07:40  23 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Just because Mitsubishi doesn't seem like it's got a lot going on in the US at the moment, that doesn't mean it's not making moves in its home market. Case in point is the new Mi-Tech concept that debuted on Wednesday at the Tokyo Motor Show.

a person sitting in a car: The Mitsubishi MI-Tech concept is a gas-turbine hybrid-powered beach bruiser. Mitsubishi© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The Mitsubishi MI-Tech concept is a gas-turbine hybrid-powered beach bruiser. Mitsubishi

The Mi-Tech concept has been designed as a "small plug-in hybrid electric SUV that delivers unparalleled driving pleasure and confidence over all terrain in light and wind."

Yeah, Mitsubishi went kind of off the rails at the end there, but we won't let that stop us. Now, the Mi-Tech tourer is actually a lot cooler than we expected it to be, thanks to its aggressive, almost Tonka-truck-like nose and its seemingly classic Ford Bronco-inspired door-shaped cutouts.

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The concept features a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, but instead of a conventional piston engine, it's packing a gas-turbine engine that's functioning as a generator. It's kind of a cool idea since gas turbines are great at running at a single speed for long periods, but not super-efficient at idle or during big throttle changes.

a person sitting in a car: The Mitsubishi MI-Tech concept is a gas-turbine hybrid-powered beach bruiser.© CNET

The Mitsubishi MI-Tech concept is a gas-turbine hybrid-powered beach bruiser.

Inside the passenger area (cabin doesn't really apply here, does it?) the Mi-Tech features Mitsubishi's Human Machine Interface (HMI) that uses an augmented reality windshield to display pertinent information.

It's also got Mi-Pilot, which is what Mitsubishi is calling its next generation of advanced driver-assistance technology. Exactly what it can do is kind of a mystery, since the folks from Mitsubishi didn't feel the need to elaborate on its features in their press release.

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The Mi-Tech concept is pretty innovative for Mitsubishi, and while it's very unlikely to ever see production, we do appreciate the direction in which the company seems to be headed.

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