Mitsubishi Motors premieres Mi-Tech Concept
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) unveiled the Mi-Tech Concept small-sized electrified SUV concept car at Tokyo Motor Show 2019.
Takao Kato, Chief Executive Officer, MMC, and Ashwani Gupta, Chief Operating Officer, MMC, explained MMC's electrification strategy.
"We are dedicated to electrification technology, particularly plug-in hybrids (PHEVs)," Kato said. "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 forward."
Gupta added that MMC plans to employ any of its electrification technologies to new midsize and compact SUVs by 2022 as well as the Kei car in the near future.
The Mi-Tech Concept was built to be a small plug-in hybrid electric SUV for multiple types of terrain. This concept car has a lightweight, compact, new PHEV drivetrain, a four-motor electric 4WD system, and advanced driver assist and preventive safety technologies.
The Mi-Tech Concept is capable of providing information to drivers via graphics on the front windshield. This information includes such relevant information as car behavior, terrain recognition, and optimal route guidance.
The power generator in the new PHEV drivetrain is a lightweight, compact gas turbine engine-generator in place of the traditional gasoline engine. As environmental awareness grows and downsizing progresses, the concept explores the technological proposition to plug the PHEV drivetrain into a small SUV. The gas turbine engine-generator reportedly has a powerful output for its size and weight.
Another benefit of the gas turbine is its flexibility to run on a variety of fuels such as diesel, kerosene, and alcohol, which can be selected depending on the region.
MMC applied its S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system to a quad motor 4WD system with front and rear dual-motor active yaw control (AYC) units. Making the brake calipers electric has also allowed for high response, high accuracy control of drive and braking force of the four wheels while delivering a improvement in turning and traction performance. When driving off-road and two wheels are spinning out, the ability to transmit the optimal driving force to all four wheels makes it possible to transmit force to the two wheels still on the ground and keep driving.
The vehicle comes equipped with a human-machine interface (HMI) that displays information detected through sensing technology including advanced optical sensors on an augmented reality (AR) windshield. It also comes equipped with Mi-Pilot next-generation driver assistance technology.