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  Mitsubishi Motors Exhibits at 39th Tokyo Motor Show  
 

Tokyo, September 28, 2005   Mitsubishi Motors Corporation displayed a number of concept cars, a proprietary next-generation electric vehicle (MIEV) and other technologies, rally machines, welfare cars and current production models at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show. Held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture just outside Tokyo, the 39th Tokyo Motor Show was opened to the public from October 22 through November 6, with press and media days dated on October 19 and 20.


Concept-D:5

MITSUBISHI Concept-D:5 (concept car)

 

Mitsubishi Motors exhibited a total of 17 cars (14 during press days) on its stand. Special show models include: the MITSUBISHI Concept-X, a concept car with styling that raises the bar on performance car looks, boasts Mitsubishi's 4WD-based Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC1) vehicle dynamics control system, and is the very embodiment of "driving pleasure"; the MITSUBISHI Concept-D:5 (world premiere), a go-anywhere, high-performance concept car that embodies the company's "utmost safety" ideal; and, the innovative new-age i minicar. Current production models on display will include the brand new Outlander SUV to be launched on October 17, which achieves an exquisite marriage between sporty lines unprecedented on an SUV and outstanding versatility and utility.

 

MITSUBISHI Concept D:5 is a concept for the next-generation Delica model. In a go-anywhere-anytime, high-mobility, high-functionality new 4WD mono-box concept, it wraps together the classy living space and functionality sought by owners in today's minivan and Delica's legendary all-terrain capabilities. Deriving from its advanced 4WD system, MITSUBISHI Concept D:5 offers a refined but rugged design that projects a reassuring sense of protective safety.

To deliver maximum driving pleasure and in line with Mitsubishi's All Wheel Control (AWC) philosophy, MITSUBISHI Concept D:5 employs the same electronically controlled four-wheel drive system as Outlander. The powertrain mates a new 2.4-liter MIVEC engine to a Sport Mode 6-speed CVT to deliver brawny all-surface go-anywhere performance. To bring a reassuring sense of safety that is more than skin deep, MITSUBISHI Concept D:5 incorporates active safety vehicle (ASV) technology that assists the driver in operating his vehicle safely and minimizes strain. MITSUBISHI Concept D:5 also brings new active and passive safety technologies to the minivan/SUV category.

 

Design

The styling creates a wide-&-lifted mono-box architecture that is unmistakably Delica in taste. Pushing the New Mitsubishi Motors Design, the styling threads and weaves handsome, purposeful lines into a function-oriented appearance.
"Super-mobility" was the keyword driving design development: creating a vehicle that encourages driver and occupants to set off for any destination with a deeply reassuring sense of safety. This approach can trace its roots to the successive Delica series. In creating the basic form, the design team went for a mono-box architecture crafted with straight lines and with an understated nose. Minimizing design elements, the understated surface composition readily invokes the powerfully built lines of the Delica series while adding a fashionable tautness to create a robust and solid appearance.
The major defining feature of MITSUBISHI Concept D:5's interior is its exposed "Rib Bone Frame"5 structure that serves as a visual device to accent the solidly-built construction and the stiffness of the body. Other identifying elements are the full-size glass roof panel, which creates a very airy and open ambience, and the use of both metallic and natural materials. This contrast between stiff and soft elements is used to express the melding of a reassuring sense of protective safety with an enriching sense of interior comfort that distinguishes the design.

 

Powertrain
MITSUBISHI Concept D:5 is powered by the same all-new 2.4-liter MIVEC engine as Outlander. This new-generation lightweight and compact aluminum unit delivers high output while returning low fuel consumption and low emissions. The powertrain mates the engine to a Sport Mode 6-speed CVT to deliver powerful and tough motive performance.

 

WD system
In line with Mitsubishi Motors AWC principles, MITSUBISHI Concept D:5 employs the same electronically controlled 4WD system as Outlander. The driver is offered a choice of three operating modes: 2WD, which returns the best fuel economy on good surfaces; 4WD AUTO, which automatically tailors torque traction and handling characteristics to different surfaces; and 4WD LOCK, which maximizes traction for full 4WD performance over harsh terrain.

 

Chassis
The suspension features a MacPherson strut at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. The generous stroke enables the suspension to soak up punishment off-road while delivering superior road holding performance and a classy, comfortable ride on tarmac. The exclusive tires allow the owner to extract the full potential of MITSUBISHI Concept D:5's performance over all surfaces on and off-road.

 

Safety technology
MITSUBISHI Concept D:5 points the way ahead in terms of minivan and SUV active safety and comfort through the proactive introduction of the several advanced safety vehicle (ASV) technologies. MITSUBISHI Concept D:5 also features a comprehensive passive safety specification that provides effective occupant protection in the event of a crash or other accident.

    ASV technologies

o                    Peripheral monitoring system: 10 approach sensors detect pedestrians or obstacles in the close vicinity of the car. The system promotes safety by audibly urging the driver to take extra care.

o                    Lane Trace Assist. An on-board camera monitors the lane dividing lines and the system applies a corrective torque to the electric power steering when it senses the vehicle is starting to depart from its lane, thus alleviating driver strain and fatigue.

o                    Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): The ACC system uses millimeter-wave radar to monitor the distance to the vehicle ahead and regulate engine power and the CVT reduction gear ratio accordingly. By maintaining a safe following distance at all times, ACC enables safe and strain-free cruising.

               MITSUBISHI Concept-D:5 specifications

Overall length (mm)

4735

Overall width (mm)

1815

Overall height (mm)

1875

Wheelbase (mm)

2850

Track: F/R (mm)

1540 / 1540

Seating capacity

6

Engine

4B12-type in-line 4-cyl. DOHC MIVEC

Max. output [kW (PS)]

125 (170)

Max. torque [Nm (kg-m)]

226 (23.0)

Transmission

INVECS-III Sport Mode 6-speed CVT

Tires

255 / 55R20

Wheels

20 x 8J

 

 

i (show car)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mitsubshi-i (show car)

 

Developed to an "innovative new-age minicar" key phrase, i proposes a totally new and original set of values.

     i proposes the following three new values:

     A comfortable marriage between original exterior lines and roomy interior living space

     All-directional crashworthiness

 

The development team adopted a totally new approach to the challenge of building these three core values into the space limitations dictated by minicar dimensions. The solution is the rear-midship layout. There can be little doubt that the near future will see the growth of a market for a new breed of minicar that offers premium levels of reliability, material quality, and design to extend the choices of prospective purchasers.

 

Design
     The one-motion silhouette appears to gently cocoon its occupants, while the large diameter wheels and tires and the 2550mm super-long wheelbase combine to project a new sense of movement that is nimble and pleasing to the eye. The clean and leisurely proportions promise the kind of richly satisfying experience that makes the beholder want to jump aboard right away. It is, of course, the new rear-midship layout that made such proportions possible. The absence of the engine at the front allows the purposeful cab-forward stance and also allows the wheels to be placed further forward.
i offers a fresh and feel-good ambience inside. The rear-midship layout brings extra cabin room and with the large windshield and forward sloping beltline create a space that is pleasantly airy and open. The smooth surface, and low-line dashboard appears to hover and adds to the airiness of the cockpit while the use of accent colors in the rounded seats injects a pleasant tautness to the cabin.

 

Engine
     i is powered by a brand new 3-cylinder intercooler-turbocharged MIVEC engine that pumps out a muscular 47 kW (64 PS) of power. The MIVEC valvetrain also realizes low fu
el consumption and clean emissions over the full speed range of the engine. The use of a silent camshaft drive chain and increased engine rigidity has reduced noise and vibration levels. Together, these features realize the high output, clean, and quiet operation to be expected of an engine powering a truly innovative new minicar.

 

Body, chassis, crashworthiness
Maximum occupant safety in the event of a crash requires the provision of sizeable crushable zones to absorb impact energy. The rear-midship layout locates the engine towards the rear of the body and although the one-motion silhouette makes the nose appear somewhat stubby, the layout actually provides a sizeable front crushable zone and reconciles the conflicting requirements of good crashworthiness and a comfortably generous interior length.

      Mitsubishi - i specifications

Overall length (mm)

3395

Overall width (mm)

1475

Overall height (mm)

1600

Wheelbase (mm)

2550

Track: F/R (mm)

1310 / 1270

Seating capacity

4

Engine

New 3-cyl. DOHC MIVEC intercooler-turbocharger

Max. output [kW (PS)]

47 (64)

Tires

Front

145 / 65R15

Rear

175 / 55R15

 

 

Concept-X

MITSUBISHI Concept-X (concept car)

 

With an exterior that carries over the full flavor of Lancer Evolution's spartan road machine image and a high quality interior with a functional layout that encourages the driver to concentrate solely on operating his machine, MITSUBISHI Concept-X points to way a new-age Evolution design that is as handsome and purposeful as it is functional.

In the mechanical components department, MITSUBISHI Concept-X mates a turbocharged aluminum cylinder block MIVEC engine to a high-performance 6-speed auto-manual transmission. Extensive use is made of aluminum in the roof, engine hood and other body panels. Chassis performance has been substantially improved with the introduction of Mitsubishi's latest 4WD-based Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics control system. The incarnation of driving pleasure, this highly advanced technical specification makes MITSUBISHI Concept-X a showcase on wheels for Mitsubishi Motors' quintessential road performance technology.

 

Design

The team has crafted a form with lines that are purposeful and handsome; a form that symbolizes the New Mitsubishi Motors Design while retaining the spartan performance image that defines the Lancer Evolution series.
Distinguished by its eye-catching oversized grille, the front visage borrows design cues from a jet fighter to hint broadly at the huge quantities of air it draws in and at the car's road-hugging stability. The brand-identifying 3-diamond logo on the leading edge of the engine hood is another distinguishing element of the new-age Evolution design.
The simple and functional layout of the cockpit is put together in a design that encourages the driver to concentrate fully on operating his machine. The design team has spared no effort in developing coloring and lighting that engender a keener competition look to the interior. The black keynote interior color uses silver counterpoints to impart the material look of aluminum and create a more dynamic and athletic looking interior space.

 

Powertrain

MITSUBISHI Concept-X is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC intercooler-turbocharged engine that delivers instant response at all engine speeds with flat torque that keeps pulling up to the red line. MITSUBISHI Concept-X uses a clutchless 6-speed auto-manual transmission that realizes slicker shifting and higher transmission efficiency than a regular manual gearbox. Paddle shifters mounted on the steering column allow the driver to concentrate on his steering better and enable drivers of all abilities to experience the satisfying pleasure of sport driving.

 

Body and chassis

The ring-structure frame design realizes a significant increase in body stiffness, while the use of aluminum in the engine hood, trunk lid, fenders, roof and front and rear door panels reduces weight. Reducing weight in the roof and upper parts of the body lowers the center of gravity, while weight reduction in the doors, engine hood, trunk and other peripheral elements reduces the moment of inertia for better steerability. Weight reduction, lowering the center of gravity and reducing the moment of inertia all contribute to better motive performance and better handling.
The suspension features a MacPherson strut at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. Working in concert with Mitsubishi Motors' "Roll Control Suspension" technology, this design delivers very high levels of ride and road holding.

 

On-board Multi-Media System

The On-Board Multi-Media System complements the interior design in the way it encourages a dialogue between driver and machine. The high-definition LCD monitor provides a real-time display of vehicle and S-AWC operating status while also displaying on-board navigation system maps and DVD audio controls. Rear seat passengers have their own LCD displays at the back of the front seats that allow them to share with the driver driving-related information and to share the fun-to-drive experience.

 

Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC)

MITSUBISHI Concept-X showcases Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics control technology. A further step up the evolutionary ladder of Mitsubishi Motors four-wheel drive traction and handling technology well proven in the Lancer Evolution and other series,

S-AWC realizes cutting-edge levels of vehicle dynamics control. Based on Mitsubishi's full-time 4WD system, as used in Lancer Evolution, that is built around ACD3 and Super AYC4 component technologies, S-AWC adds Active Brake Control, Active Steering System and Roll Control Suspension technologies to realize a fully integrated system.

 

              MITSUBISHI Concept-X specifications

 

Overall length (mm)

4530

Overall width (mm)

1830

Overall height (mm)

1470

Wheelbase (mm)

2650

Track: F/R (mm)

1565 / 1565

Seating capacity

4

Tires

255/35R20

Wheels

20 x 9J

 

 

 

 

Outlander

Outlander

 

Outlander sports a brand new powertrain that mates an aluminum cylinder block 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC MIVEC engine to a new Sport Mode 6-speed CVT. And with an aluminum roof panel and mono-tube shock absorbers, Outlander borrows heavily from technology nurtured in the Lancer Evolution series to deliver hard-hitting on-road performance that raises the bar for SUVs. A legitimate on-road SUV, Outlander seats 5 or 7 seats depending on trim level.

 

Design
    The styling development objective was to create a new-age crossover design that embraces the needs of all-surface performance and versatile utility. To realize this, the team has injected a sizeable amount of modern SUV styling to create a design that satisfies the eye of the discerning adult looking for the genuine article. The silhouette sits on a rock-steady stance generated by wide tracks and huge wheels and tires. In its lean proportions Outlander displays the quiet potency of a fully trained athlete to give a stimulating taste of its easily accessible exhilarating performance.

 

Powertrain
    To hit new heights of performance the team has given Outlander a brand new powertrain. The 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC engine uses an aluminum cylinder block and MIVEC variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust valves. The power unit is mated to a new Sport Mode 6-speed CVT that uses steering column-mounted paddle shifters. This happy marriage spawns outstanding motive power with instant throttle response giving smooth acceleration, and also returns efficient fuel consumption.

 

All Wheel Control (AWC)
    The aim was to develop a new-age SUV that delivers all-surface cruising performance. To realize predictable handling and allow the driver to safely follow his chosen line, Outlander marries Active Stability Control (ASC) technology to Mitsubishi's proven electronically controlled 4WD system to realize fully integrated control of engine output as well as of torque and braking force at each wheel. The new platform increases body and chassis stiffness, an aluminum roof panel lowers the center of gravity and mono-tube shock absorbers all contribute to class-topping levels of handling and stability.

 

Rockford Fosgate premium audio system
    Outlander uses an exclusive in-car entertainment system developed jointly with Rockford Fosgate, a leading car audio brand in the United States. Tuned for pounding heavy-bass sound reproduction, the 650-watt amplifier, 25cm subwoofer, 7 predetermined equalizer setting, nine speaker, Digital Signal Processor (DSP) system produces sound in pristine audio fidelity, clarity and depth. To extract every decibel from the speakers, Outlander converts the doors into speaker boxes using sheet panel, ABS covers and sound-absorbing material to seal the openings.

              Outlander specifications

Overall length (mm)

4640

Overall width (mm)

1800

Overall height (mm)

1680

Wheelbase (mm)

2670

Track: F/R (mm)

1540 / 1540

Seating capacity

7 / 5

Engine

4B12-type in-line 4-cyl. DOHC MIVEC

Max. output [kW (PS)]

125 (170)

Max. torque [Nm (kg-m)]

226 (23.0)

Transmission

INVECS-III Sport Mode 6-speed CVT

Tires

225 / 55R18 or 215 / 70R16

 

 

 

 

 

 

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