Mitsubishi Motors worldwide design studios, including our facility in Cypress, California, created some of these far-reaching concepts. Customizing shops that find Mitsubishi designs to be excellent platforms for tuning and specializing also developed some of the exciting models on display here.
The MiEV Evolution II was built for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a time trial event for automobiles and motorcycles held annually at Colorado Springs, Colorado. The incredible elevation change from the start line to the finish line (a climb of 4,720 feet) creates temperature, air pressure, weather and other atmospheric conditions that allows Mitsubishi Motors to gather important vehicle data in order to enhance the durability and reliability of its advanced 100 percent electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and conventional gas- or diesel-powered hybrid vehicles in the company's future vehicle development.
The Mitsubishi Motors EV racing team competed with a pair of highly advanced state-of-the-art 100 percent electric-powered vehicles in the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event to not only increase the awareness and visibility of the EV but also to demonstrate the high level of technology engineered into each Mitsubishi Motors electric vehicle and its EV-related components and systems.
From the C-pillar forward, the Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV's sweeping exterior design looks like a handsome, aerodynamically-efficient next-generation crossover/SUV. Aft of the rear passenger compartment, the body morphs into a supplely-contoured yet highly-functional pickup truck.
Aesthetically appealing design elements including aluminum front air dams, LED headlights and LED rear combination taillights are both functional and luxurious, allowing this concept car to feel right at home whether it is being used for work at the construction site or for an opulently indulgent night on the town.
"Here's how it works: At slow and moderate speeds (for example, a morning commute in the city), the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid System operates in all-electric EV Mode. Here the Concept PX-MiEV becomes a front-wheel-drive vehicle, powered by its battery pack and the front electric motor. In short, it offers fun-to-drive power with zero tailpipe emissions. Furthermore, the Concept PX-MiEV monitors road conditions and adapts to them. So if it's raining, or if the road is slick with snow, electric power is automatically provided to the rear motor, supplementing the front-wheel-drive operation and effectively turning the car into an electric four-wheel-drive vehicle."
The Mitsubishi Concept CA-MiEV's supple yet vigorous exterior design races towards the future, expressing the advanced next-generation EV technologies embedded beneath its eye-catching sheet-metal.
Its headlight and rear taillight designs are based on the faceted shape of cut diamonds, creating a deep and sophisticated design aesthetic. This facet-cut theme is carried over to the design of this concept car's wheels as well.
Advanced safety technologies including Lane Departure Warning (LD W), Active Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) have also been incorporated into this handsome futuristic EV, along with convenient features like remote-controlled air-conditioning and battery recharging.