Mitsubishi Mi-Tech turbine-PHEV buggy blows the doors off our dreams
Too bad there's almost no chance of a production modelFrom 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.
- has unveiled its new lineup of plug-in hybrid models at CES, which will be .
- The company isn't providing any details about these new versions of the , , and yet.
- More information will be available later this year at the New York, Geneva, and Beijing auto shows.
Jeep announced the name of its new 4xe plug-in hybrids last week, and now it's showing them off in the flesh at thetechnology show in Las Vegas. Unfortunately we can't get the company to share any details about the powertrains, but a look at them up close shows what differentiates them from the outside.
Moparized Jeep Wrangler Gets Tube-Door Skins and Mirrors for SEMA
They're fitted to a custom rig created for the annual accessories showMost of this "Moparized" Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's parts and accessories are already available off the shelf, however, including the two-inch lift kit, beadlock wheels with 35-inch (outer diameter) mud terrain tires, and 5.0-inch LED off-road lights at the base of the A-pillar and 7.0-inch LED lights in the grille. The tailgate table, Katzkin seats, and snorkel with cold-air intake are all from the Mopar catalog, as well. Jeep says this kit would cost around $15,000 to add to your own Wrangler.
The most obvious clue is—no surprise—the charging port seen on the front fender of the Wrangler and the driver's-side rear quarter-panel of the Compass and Renegade. There are also blue accents to differentiate these models and different badging.
Jeep has previously given information about the Europe-market versions of the Renegade and Compass plug-in hybrids, which produce a total of 240 horsepower from a turbocharged 1.3-liter inline-four gasoline engine combined with an electric motor. We don't know how those specs compare to the U.S.-market versions of either Jeep but will bring further details as soon as they're available.
Jeep to unveil three plug-in hybrid 4x4s at CES .
“4xe” badge will designate Jeep’s hybrid and electric offerings.Both the Compass and Renegade will use a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and electric motor for the front wheels and a separate, independent electric motor powering the rears. So far, there are no available details on the hybrid Wrangler’s powertrain; that info will trickle out at the Geneva, New York, and Beijing shows. Jeep has announced, however, that all electrified Jeep vehicles will wear a new Jeep “4xe” badge. Jeep says the hybridization will increase vehicle efficiency, torque, responsiveness, and the overall fun of the Jeep driving experience without any compromises.