Geneva: Does the Mitsubishi Concept AR point to a Future Van?

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Considering Mitsubishi’s current status, it’s curious to see something like the Mitsubishi Concept AR. It’s a pure concept with no production plans mentioned. The Mitsubishi Concept AR is known as a cross between a SUV and an MPV. Overall dimensions of the Mitsubishi Concept AR are odd: “Stretched over 4350 mm, Concept AR’s clean-cut lines make for an unusual proposition in the marketplace, lifting up the spirit of essentially functional MPVs with its commanding driving position, powerful front design, high wraparound grille / headlamps, large skid plates and 3D-sculptured wheel arches.

At the same time, Concept AR renews the SUV genre with its long wheelbase / stubby nose proportions, sharpened by the upswept side character lines, the technical outline of its window line, the slim front grille with its bold diamond-cut pattern or the air outlets crafted into the rear pillars which serve to reduce aerodynamic drag.” – – Mitsubishi

The interior is meant to be soothing and heavy on the infotainment side, but the most important item is the three rows of seats and small-van-like cargo space. This could become a small van if Mitsubishi is so inclined.

Mitsubishi bulcht Concept drive layout
The Mitsubishi Concept AR is powered a mild hybrid Belt-driven Starter and Generator system(BSG). A 1.1-litre three-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged gas engine is hooked up to the BSG and power goes to the front wheels via a CVT. A 48V lithium-ion battery connected from the rear of the Mitsubishi Concept AR aids the engine with instant start-up after an idle-stop. According to Mitsubishi: “BSG is used to recover kinetic energy during regenerative braking to further improve fuel economy and CO2 emissions and to offer a pleasant experience to all on-board.”

Here are the main technical tidbits of the Mitsubishi AR Concept:

Rearward Blind Spot Vehicle Warning System
Driving Safety Support System
Auto Hi-beam
Unintentional Vehicle Move Off Control
Forward Collision Mitigation Braking (FCM)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Main specificationsMitsubishi bulcht Concept

L x W x H 4350 mm / 1780 mm / 1690 mm
Occupants: 6
Engine Type: 1.1-litre in-line 3-cyl. direct-injection
turbocharged MIVEC
Max. output (net) 100 kW
Fuel used: Petrol
Belt-drivenStarter and Generator Max. output 10 kW (48V)
Battery Capacity V 0.25 kWh (48V)
Drivetrain: 2WD (front-wheel drive)
Transmission CVT with sub-transmission

Speaking of small vans…

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Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.