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Auto Shows Mitsubishi Mi-Tech turbine-PHEV buggy blows the doors off our dreams

16:05  23 october  2019
16:05  23 october  2019 Source:   autoblog.com

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Mitsubishi Mi - Tech is the turbine - PHEV buggy that blows the doors off our dreams . As much as we love the Mi - Tech , it's obvious it's not going into production anytime soon. Mitsubishi has no car-ready turbine engines, and it would be expensive to make an SUV with no doors , or even removable

Mitsubishi has unveiled a buggy -like SUV with no doors or roof at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. "We will be expanding our lineup of electrified vehicles by delivering more variations and leveraging the diverse electrification technology in the alliance to make MMC the leader in the PHEV category going

For this year's Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi went all out with the Mi-Tech concept. It's a tough-looking open off-roader with a wild hybrid powertrain. It's glorious, which makes it all the more sad it will likely never see the light of day.

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The MI - Tech PHEV concept debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Mitsubishi MI - Tech concept is a gas- turbine hybrid -powered beach bruiser. 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

The MI - Tech is a little, aggressively-styled jet-powered beach buggy , and we love it. 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.

From the outside, the Mi-Tech impresses with blocky lines and fat fender flares. But its star feature is the fact that it has no roof and no doors. The only thing that comes close is the pair of cowls behind the seats. The inside has a spare design with a body-color dash and cutouts for vents. It does have modern cues such as the piano-key buttons and fullscreen heads-up display.

Under the skin, it's powered by four motors, each controlling an individual wheel. This allows it to adjust power precisely in off-road settings. It's a plug-in hybrid, and when the battery runs down, electricity is produced by a turbine engine, similar to the Jaguar C-X75 concept. Mitsubishi opted for the turbine for its high power, small size, smooth operation and the fact it can run on just about any combustible liquid.

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Chances are we won’t see a plug -in hybrid buggy in Mitsubishi dealerships any time soon, but the electrified powertrain of this playful concept and The PHEV drivetrain fitted to the MI - Tech Concept could eventually find its way into a small SUV. Also Read: Lexus LF-30 Has In-Wheel Electric Motors

The Mitsubishi MI - TECH Concept was built to be "small plug -in hybrid electric SUV that delivers unparalleled driving pleasure and confidence over all terrain in light and wind." This concept car embodies the MMC brand statement "Drive Your Ambition" with a lightweight, compact, new PHEV

As much as we love the Mi-Tech, it's obvious it's not going into production anytime soon. Mitsubishi has no car-ready turbine engines, and it would be expensive to make an SUV with no doors, or even removable doors, pass safety standards. And the people that would buy a vehicle like this will probably be satisfied with a Jeep Wrangler or the upcoming Ford Bronco. Oh well, it's at least a pleasant dream, and a sign that Mitsubishi still has some spark.

Mitsubishi Mi-Tech turbine-PHEV buggy blows the doors off our dreams originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 23 Oct 2019

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