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The MI-TECH Has Entered the Building

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The 2019 Tokyo Motor Show has started (October 24-November 4), and Mitsubishi Motors was quick to show off their newest SUV concept, the Mitsubishi MI-TECH. Not only is this new SUV concept another plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) design by Mitsubishi but it’s another revolution on how plug-in hybrid vehicles operate. Earlier this year, Mitsubishi Motors debuted their Engelberg Tourer Plug-in SUV at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, and with this new MI-TECH concept, it’s clear the automaker is focused on designing numerous alternative fuel vehicles for a number of lifestyles. Take a look at all MI-TECH has to offer.

The Name

What’s in a name? Well, there’s a lot going on in the name for the newest SUV concept from Mitsubishi Motors. In a sense, it’s an acronym:

        Mitsubishi

        Intelligent

        Technology

When the MI-TECH was first conceived, it was meant to be a small plug-in hybrid SUV. What developed was a PHEV designed with a lightweight, compact, new PHEV drivetrain and a four-motor electric 4WD system. Introducing futuristic technology, Mitsubishi equipped the concept with advanced driver assist and preventive safety technologies, introducing MI-Pillot.

New PHEV drivetrain

When Mitsubishi Motors released the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the plug-in hybrid SUV has a different approach to a PHEV powertrain. Instead of one gasoline internal combustion engine and one electric motor powered by a large battery, Mitsubishi put two electric motors on the Outlander PHEV, one on each axle. For the MI-TECH concept, the automaker changed it up again. Mitsubishi replaced the traditional gasoline engine with a lightweight, compact gas turbine engine-generator. Not only is it powerful enough to drive a small SUV, but it can operate on a variety of fuel sources: diesel, kerosene, and alcohol. Regardless of the fuel, MI-TEC has clean exhaust to better the environment.

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Electric 4WD

In addition to replacing the gasoline engine with a turbine engine-generator, Mitsubishi also put an electric motor behind each wheel – that’s four electric motors powering the MI-TECH. There aren’t any specs yet released on the horsepower or torque output of this setup, but Mitsubishi did find a way to double-down on this kind of control. By applying their Super All-Wheel Control traction system to the Quad Motor 4WD System with front and rear Dual-Motor Active Yaw Control (AYC) units, Mitsubishi made this small SUV as stable as can be. In addition to making the MI-TECH concept safe, Mitsubishi also introduced a new trick – 180-degree spins by counter-rotating the left and right tires. That’ll be some U-turn!

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Enhanced Driver Assistance and Safety

The new thing slowly entering the auto industry is artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Known as a Human Machine Interface (HMI), the MI-TECH concept comes with technology that projects all the information a driver may need to know about the car behavior, terrain recognition, and optimal route guidance onto the windshield. Instead of a heads-up display, this is what is known as an augmented reality (AR) windshield and is another piece of tech entering the auto industry. While driving, even in poor visibility, drivers will be able to safely navigate the roads with an AR windshield. Furthermore, with MI-PILOT equipped, MI-TECh comes with next-generation driver assistance technology to help support the driver in a variety of driving conditions and roads.

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It’s a Buggy

No one could probably predict the next small SUV from Mitsubishi would look like a buggy, but that’s what the MI-TECH is. A small SUV with no roof or doors but an interesting design, nonetheless. Mitsubishi is highlighting the progressiveness of their electric vehicle by painting it in a light blue body color contrasted by copper on the grille, inner wheels, and interior. The front fascia has been upgraded with a Dynamic Shield design and T-shaped headlights. Raised overfenders and large diameter tires offer a high level of mobility and sharp lines run throughout the rugged body of the SUV. T-shaped tail lamps can also be found in the rear, mimicking the front fascia.

Inside, thanks to the AR windshield, the center console is pretty tame. Like a buggy, the dashboard is flat and horizontal, and keyboard-shaped switches are positioned atop with a hand pad that makes the switches easy to operate. All-in-all this looks like one sick SUV.

Check out all there is to know about the new MI-TECH from Mitsubishi Motors and share your thoughts on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

 

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Mitsubishi Electric Steps Up Their Self-Driving Vehicle Game with the xAUTO

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Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric are travelling together for the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Only happening every other year, the 46th Tokyo Motor Show this year takes place between October 24 and November 4. The parent company, Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) recently partnered with MaaS Global Oy, and a good part of the exhibits between Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric will be demonstrating how this partnership will evolve in the future. During this time, Mitsubishi Electric will also be showcasing new hybrid and electric vehicle technology, along with two of their self-driving vehicle concepts. The first is a self-driving vehicle concept we’ve seen before, the Mitsubishi Electric Emirai, now in its new form, EMIRAI S. The second self-driving vehicle they’re bringing to the stage is the xAUTO, an autonomous vehicle with a lot going for it.

Featured in the xAUTO

At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi Electric will be focusing on three main features of the xAUTO: (1) its ability to travel on roads where no digital maps are available, (2) capability to self-park indoors (parking garage) and outdoors, and (3) formulate digital maps of the vehicle’s surroundings in real-time without delay. All of this is thanks to the ever-improving self-driving technology designed by Mitsubishi Electric. Their most well-known system is their Mobile Mapping System (MMS), which makes all of this possible.

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Mitsubishi Motors Small Batch Joins the Community

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When a company gets involved with a community, it’s always nice to see that the head honcho cares more about the community than counting their money and making sales. It’s also a great way to score brownie points with the locales, but you know, altruism isn’t truly dead just yet. That’s why automaker Mitsubishi Motors is gearing up this year with their “Small Batch” initiative. Through this, they’re also getting involved with the Rebelle Rally, the first all-women’s off-road rally and the longest-running competition of its kind in the lower 48 states of the United States. This year, seven-year U.S. Air Force veteran Karah Behrend and Rachael Ridenour, a U.S. Army combat veteran with 31 years of service, are getting behind the wheel to make history. Behrend will become the first disabled athlete to compete in the Rebelle thanks to Mitsubishi Motors and a minimally modified 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross equipped with hand-controls.

Rachael Ridenour was deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, and later got the idea for Record the Journey when facing the challenge of coming back to civilian life. Record the Journey utilizes photography as a therapy modality for veterans and their families. Karah Behrend had to medically retire after losing the use of her lower extremities and parts of her hands to a degenerative neurological disease. Together, they’re competing in the 2019 Rebelle Rally.

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Mitsubishi Motors Aims to Change Our Views of Plug-in Hybrids Once Again

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When it comes to alternative fuel vehicles, there was once a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about electric motors and their place in the auto industry. Electric motors? How could that compete with the full throttle high-performance horsepower of an octane-burning internal combustion engine? Is there an electric motor out there able to produce horsepower in the high triple digits? Maybe, but when it comes to electric motors, where they really shine is torque. As we all know, torque is what turns the wheels, and torque can also be used to offer the driver better control over a vehicle. Automaker Mitsubishi Motors saw this as an opportunity to work on a new concept coming to the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show – Mi-Tech.

What is Mi-Tech?

A lot of information is still being saved for the Tokyo Motor Show, this October 23, 2019, but Mitsubishi press continues to give little bits of information. At first, all we knew was the automaker planned to introduce a new electric SUV concept at the auto show – but why so soon after the debut of the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show? Remember that interesting concept? The Engelberg Tourer was introduced as the next plug-in hybrid SUV that may one day replace the aging Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

It may not seem like the Outlander plug-in hybrid SUV is very old, having just been introduced to U.S. soil a few years ago, but the Outlander PHEV has had a long run on a global scale. Recently, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hit a milestone of 200,000 units sold, and the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is getting some upgrades in its golden years. For those that like to drive in luxury, consumers will find most of the upgrades available to the high-end trims in the lineup, the SEL and GT trims. Both come equipped with a new second-generation Smartphone-link Display Audio system for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and the GT trim also comes with a new Mitsubishi Power Sound System that is replacing the Rockford-Fosgate audio system on previous models going forward.

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Mitsubishi Electric Bringing New Tech to 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

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Back in 2017, Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric came to the Tokyo Motor Show and had two brand new concepts to show off. These were the Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept, destined to bring back the “EVO” nameplate previously thought to be discontinued, but new plans for a Lancer Crossover by Mitsubishi may have taken over – actually, it may be the same concept based on the digital renders. The second concept was Emirai4, a self-driving vehicle currently in the testing phase. Two years later, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) is packing heat. Their hand in the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Alliance Ventures has paid off. With their recent partnership with MaaS Global Oy, a whole new vision is about to take off.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp and MaaS Global Oy

MaaS Global Oy is the company behind an overseas mobile app called Whim. It’s basically a ride-hailing app that rolls all the various apps, cards, and payment methods for buses, trams, taxis, cars, bicycles, and more into just one app. It basically offers everyone (in Helsingin seudun liikenne, Finland) the ability to subscribe to a plan that gives them access to all of these transportation services – public, personal, and even rentals. Since it launched in 2017, the service has expanded to Birmingham, U.K. and Antwerp, Belgium, and with a recent investment by Mitsubishi Motors Corp and Toyotsa Financing Solutions, MaaS Global plans to expand to Vienna, Singapore; several cities in Japan; and eventually over to the states in Miami and Chicago, and again in North America in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

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