The Mitsubishi PX-MiEV and i-MiEV CARGO Concepts are set to debut in Tokyo. Both are run by full or part-electric powertrains and have different uses.
Mitsubishi plans to showcase 16 vehicles at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show in October. Two of these are the Concept PX-MiEV and the i-MiEV CARGO. Drawn along the lines of an EV-themed future for mobility the pair will serve different segments of the market.
Starting with the Concept PX-MiEV, Mitsubishi employs a plug-in hybrid system with its all-new S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) for the drivetrain. The front and rear wheels are powered by two motors worth 60kW (82hp) and 200Nm of torque. The 1.6-litre petrol runs at 85kW (116hp) and 125Nm. Regenerative braking helps recover lost energy to improve fuel efficiency. It has a fuel economy figure 50km/litre (2l/100km or 117 mpg US). The Concept PX-MiEV can be recharged using a normal domestic power supply system but can also power certain home appliances itself in cases of emergency.
The four-seater measures 4.5m long, 1.8m wide, 1.66m high and has a wheelbase of 2.6m. Much of its exterior looks like the Outlander on which speculation says it is based. The interior is cocochi or cozy in Japanese slang. It features seat upholstery that deactivates allergens and LED lighting for the instrument panel as well as door trims.
The two-seat i-MiEV CARGO is based on the production i-MiEV and has highly adaptable space configurations which can be tailored according to required needs. The cube-shaped rear end makes each inch quite usable. Its electric motor drives the rear wheels by giving them maximum power of 47kW (64hp) and 180Nm. A maximum cruising range of 160km (99 miles) is expected from it.