December 18, 2003


Mitsubishi to unveil two new concepts at Detroit auto show

Mitsubishi Sport Truck concept

Mitsubishi Eclipse ConceptE
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Cypress, California – Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) will introduce two all-new concepts at the 2004 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) which runs January 4 – 19, 2004 at the Cobo Centre in Detroit.

The Eclipse Concept-E high-performance hybrid will make its world premiere. The concept car is powered by the “E-Boost” high-performance hybrid propulsion system. The second concept vehicle making its global debut is the Sport Truck Concept, a new mid-size truck developed in collaboration with the Chrysler Group in a project that stems from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s alliance with DaimlerChrysler.

The Concept-E is powered by an E-Boost hybrid system that combines a 3.8-litre MIVEC V6 engine generating 269 horsepower to drive the front wheels and a 150kW electric motor to drive front and rear wheels. Mitsubishi claims class-topping acceleration for a hybrid vehicle together with low-consumption, low-emission performance when compared to other high-performance coupes.

The Sport Truck Concept was developed with the North American market in mind. Low-slung lines, a wide cabin and 22-inch wheels give the Sport Truck Concept a sporty image. A 4.7-litre V-8 engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

The rear seats have large forward/back tilt angles and can also slide sideways, allowing for separate or bench seating. The seats may also be moved up and back into the cargo bed, enabling rear passengers to enjoy an open-air experience.

Besides operating in a conventional manner, the tailgate also slides up or down to facilitate carrying skis, surfboards, or other long items.

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