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NowCar Mitsubishi 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

Mitsubishi Debuts Its Lineup for the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

Written By, Jordan R

Mitsubishi Motors sure has been busy with the press recently. For those not in the know, the biennial 2019 Tokyo Motor Show is happening later this October. This is a much looked forward to auto show that happens every two years, giving automakers plenty of time to build the best display and exhibit that they can. Mitsubishi Motors is one of those automakers this year, and they’re coming in with their sister company Mitsubishi Electric. A recent partnership has sprung up and two new concepts are already set to debut. With a lineup like this set to take the stage, the spotlight is looking towards Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Motors

Debuting for the first-time ever, Mitsubishi Motors will be revealing a new PHEV system called Mi-Tech. It’s actually quite different from the PHEV systems used today, like that found in Mitsubishi Motors current best-selling plug-in hybrid, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Instead of using a powertrain that is part gasoline-powered internal combustion engine part electric motor powered by a large lithium-ion battery, the Mi-Tech system uses a gas turbine engine-generator and four electric motors. This improvement not only continues to allow consumers to switch between various driving modes, such as hybrid or pure-electric, it also improves performance.

The Mitsubishi Outlander had two electric motors, one for each axle. With Mi-Tech sporting four electric motors, the concept comes with a 4-motor 4WD system called Quad Motor with Dual Motor AYC. Specs on horsepower and torque have yet to be revealed, this design allows for torque vectoring on both an axle-by-axle and wheel-by-wheel basis for improved control, stability, and performance on and off-road. Yes, this electric SUV concept is designed to go off-road too.

That’s not all though. The Mi-Tech concept also comes with an integrated human machine interface (HMI) that projects data using advanced optical sensing technology onto the AR windshield. A form of artificial intelligence, the HMI can alerts the driver to a potential collision, support their operation of the steering wheel and brakes, and if necessary, actively support the driver in avoiding collisions or mitigating collision damage on its own.

Mi-Tech will be sharing some of the spotlight with the concept and eco-friendly house they debuted at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The new concept was the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer, a plug-in hybrid that improved upon the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and slated to replace it one day soon, with an all-electric cruising range of 43 miles. Mitsubishi also tends to pair it with their Dendo Drive House (DDH) project, a home that runs on solar-power converted electricity and works double as a converted to recharge a consumers plug-in hybrid simultaneously.

Also making its world premier is a new-generation Super Height K-Wagon Concept that offers consumers a sort of camp on wheels with its roomy interior space. The concept comes with that signature Mitsubishi SUV-taste in design and comes with MI-PILOT, a driver assistance program that can aid drivers. MI-PILOT will assist or highway driving in the same-lane, forward collision mitigation braking, mis-acceleration mitigation, and other advanced active safety systems to keep drivers and passengers safe. This wagon concept has already earned itself a SAPO CAR (Safety Support Car) S Wide classification from the Japanese government.

Mitsubishi Electric

As we said, Mitsubishi Electric is also coming to the show. Making use of the recent partnership between parent corp MMC and MaaS Global Oy, the company behind Finland-based mobile app, Whim. This is an all-in-one app where consumers can subscribe to have unlimited access to cars; taxis; buses, Metro, ferry, and commuter trains in the HSL area; and bike rentals. HSL stands for Helsingin seudun liikenne, where the company started Whim, but it has since expanded to Birmingham, U.K. and Antwerp, Belgium. Maas Global’s Chief Executive Officer Sampo Hietanen plans to soon expand the service to Vienna, Singapore; several cities in Japan; Miami and Chicago in the states; and Vancouver, B.C. in Canada. This new partnership will be discussed with a video called, “Mobility for better days,” that illustrates a future MaaS society where a wide range of advanced technologies and comfortable ways to travel for available everyone.

Mitsubishi Electric will also be debuting the next generation of its self-driving concept, the Emirai. The new concept, EMIRAI S, is a self-driving autonomous vehicle that comes with an HMI that not only helps help drivers on the road during different driving conditions but can take over completely if necessary. Another self-driving concept, xAUTO will also be on the floor. A second video will be demonstrating the capabilities of these autonomous vehicles driving in areas where high-accuracy maps are not available and tests with fully autonomous driving. Lastly, as the name states, Mitsubishi Electric will have several displays showing a variety of future products for autonomous driving, hybrid to electric cars, energy-management technology, and bidirectional wireless-power-transfer technology.

Interested to learn more? Follow NowCar social media and look for our coverage of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in October.

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