Mitsubishi New, Old and Current at The 2014 Brussels Motor Show
FROM CONCEPTS TO RANGE, IT’S ALL THERE
For those of us with limited budgets and a fear of those great big burgers that feature on Man vs Food, the Detroit Motor Show may just be a step too far; but then there is always the Brussels Motor Show that opens today to the general public.
And it’s there that we will find Mitsubishi showing off their Concept AR as well as the full Mitsubishi range available in the Benelux area, including the already-awarded Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid electric crossover, soon to stretch itself over the rest of Europe following a bit of a successful launch in the Netherlands, Switzerland and some of the Nordic countries.
But it’s the Concept AR that is the biggest draw for Brussels goers to have a look at when it comes to Mitsubishi.
Having originally been launched last year at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Mitsubishi Concept AR (where AR stands for “Active Runabout”) is an MPV created for the next generation, combining SUV sportiness with all the room of an MPV, yet as compact as you would want.
Looks-wise, the oversize tyres make it look bigger than it is, yet it is highly manoeuvrable and reassuringly stable – all with that commanding presence that you expect of an SUV.
Using a lightweight mild hybrid Belt Start Generator system made up of a downsized 1.1-litre 3-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine with a 48V lithium-ion battery and an air-cooled DC-DC converter (to provide instant engine start), it’s not just there for the rugged lifestyle of an MPV but for those everyday tasks that require a bit of room too.
All with the advanced active safety connected technologies that Mitsubishi Motors have made a by-word in their vehicle production as they develop and incorporate next-generation information systems.
Systems like the danger detection system which automatically activates the correct safety function for the occasion, and a failure/malfunction early-detection system which not only highlights but urges the driver to seek repairs or other maintenance. These systems operate the Rearward Blind Spot Vehicle Warning, Driving Safety Support System (DSSS),Auto Hi-beam, Unintentional Vehicle Move Off Control, Forward Collision Mitigation Braking (FCM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) amongst others.
Inside the Mitsubishi Concept AR you’ll find that it’s a clean and simple environment with all meaningless features done away with to create the effect of space – which it actually has in spades.
There are three alternative seating patterns possible that can give generous seating room for six occupants, four occupants with a sizeable luggage space, and even for the occasions that a common space is required between the 2nd and 3rd row seats when they are turned to face each other (perhaps an all-important deciding card game?).
And while we are talking about space and personal freedom within it, Mitsubishi have taken great care to look at that personal space with particular relevance to the distance between fellow occupants; exemplified by the given example of when “a passenger might pull out the tablet-type interface from its home slot in the side of the cabin and link up with the outside world through the internet or check out their emails and other personal information.”
Helping to create the ambiance is the Crystal Lighted Roof with central indirect lighting offering soothing illumination and the slits in the side trim that help with the travelling sounds in a gentle manner.
Rugged yet gentle? Sounds just like me (I wish!)