Mitsubishi AR Concept Continues a Wacky, Wonderful Tradition
23 Novembre 2013 - Autoblog
Mitsubishi enjoys a long history of thinking outside the literal box when it comes to designing minivans and people movers.
Remember the Mitsubishi Van, a.k.a. Delica? How about the Chariot, better known to us as the Colt Vista? The Expo and Expo LRV, the twin models that succeeded it? These were all left-of-center takes on the MPV genre, and while they never sold in large volumes, we can't help but look back at them with a mix of bemusement and respect for their oddball character. Who knows? A production version of this AR Concept could be next.
According to Mitsubishi, "the comfort of a minivan and active personality of an SUV are merged at the highest levels" in the Concept AR. Us? We just think this mild hybrid concept looks kind of neat, even if it's just putting on off-road airs with its elevated ride hight, faux skid plates and black-lipped wheel wells.
Hardware-wise, this Active Runabout is less showcar and more 'real world,' with the front wheels drawing their power from a 134-horsepower, 1.1-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine paired with a 10-kW electric motor used as a belt starter generator (read: mild hybrid). A continuously variable transmission handles shifting duties.
At just over 171 inches long (a couple inches shorter than a Ford C-Max Hybrid), the AR Concept seats up to six people, with a reconfigurable passenger space accessed through conventional front-hinged doors offering second-row seating that can rotate to face the third row. It also features a whole host of connected car technology that includes a smartphone-sized touchscreen in the steering wheel.