We’re getting a look at the two star Mitsubishi concept cars from this year’s Geneva soiree, just ahead of the official debut for both. As suits Mitsubishi’s ever-deepening interest in electrified vehicles, the brace of concepts both make use of electric drive: the CA-MiEV being a pure electric vehicle and the GR-HEV using a diesel-electric powertrain.
The CA-MiEV concept car may look a bit like a photoshopped Toyota Prius, but in fact the car employs a new electric motor and battery system from Mitsu. We’re told that the EV has a theoretical range of 186 miles, which is nearly double the range of most EVs on the market today and approaches Tesla territory. The vehicle is larger than the company’s current i-MiEV, and would seem to point the way forward for a more mainstream production EV from Mitsu.
The second concept, a rather odd-looking pickup truck called the GR-HEV, has a diesel engine, electric motor, all-wheel drive, and Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control. The front fascia bears a version of the grille we’ve seen on the new Outlander PHEV, with more radically raked (sort of “smiling”) lighting elements.
Look for more information and lots of live images of both Mitsubishi concept cars as the Geneva Motor Show rolls along this week.