The Mitsubishi Mi-Tech Concept is heading to the Tokyo Motor Show as a chunky off-roader with four electric motors powered by a gas turbine.
With the Tokyo Motor Show looming on the horizon, you can expect Japanese car makers, in particular, to get busy teasing concepts using future, and part-imagined, technology.
That fits with the details Mitsubishi has released on the Mi-Tech Concept they’ll be unveiling in Tokyo, and it sounds, and looks, pretty interesting, even if it’s unlikely to be heading anywhere near a production line.
The Mi-Tech Concept is a high-riding open two-seater with no doors and big wheel arch extensions; a sort of 21st century take on the beach buggy.
The properly interesting bit is the powertrain, with Mitsubishi revealing it has four electric motors – one at each corner – featuring Dual Motor AYC (that’s Active Yaw Control) for increased maneuverability.
But it’s what powers those electric motors that’s most interesting – although we have few details – with Mitsubishi telling us it’s a gas turbine generator, rather than batteries. Which sounds a bit like the Jaguar CX-75 Concept from almost a decade ago.
There’s also a plethora of other technology in the Mi-Tech Concept, including the MI-Pilot driver assistance system and an HMI which delivers information on the AR windscreen.
It all looks very interesting, if not exactly production ready.