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

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

The Mitsubishi Mi - Tech Concept can look like a sporty roadster at first glance, but it's actually a tiny , open-roof crossover. The vehicle uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain with four electric The Super Height K-Wagon Concept is Mitsubishi ' s idea for a future tiny van that fits into Japan's kei-vehicle segment.

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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With a Tonka truck face and a PHEV heart, the MI - Tech is the coolest concept we've seen from Mitsubishi in a while. The lack of doors reminds us of a vintage Ford Bronco -- in a good way.

Sure, Mitsubishi ' s Mi - Tech concept SUV is cool and all, but it's the brand's tiny kei wagon that has us super excited, and yes, we're aware That allows the Super Height to go further than most kei cars could dream. One of the best parts of the Super Height K-Wagon concept is its weirdly chunky styling.

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.

Mitsubishi Debuts Mi-Tech Turbine-Powered, Open-Roof Concept In Tokyo

  Mitsubishi Debuts Mi-Tech Turbine-Powered, Open-Roof Concept In Tokyo There's also the Super Height K-Wagon Concept that imagines a space-efficient, tiny van. Mitsubishi arrives at this year's Tokyo Motor Show with the exciting looking Mi-Tech crossover concept and wonderfully named Super Height K-Wagon Concept van. For now, there are only teaser images for the pair, but the full debut is just a few weeks away at the Japanese automotive event.The Mitsubishi Mi-Tech Concept can look like a sporty roadster at first glance, but it's actually a tiny, open-roof crossover.

There' s also the Super Height K-Wagon Concept that imagines a space-efficient, tiny van.

Mitsubishi has unveiled a buggy-like SUV with no doors or roof at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. It combines a bold design with a complex powertrain. Case in point, the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show is the venue where Mitsu has unveiled today the radically styled Mi - Tech , which combines a controversial

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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