Η Mitsubishi παρουσίασε στο Τόκιο τα Mirage και Concept PX-MiEV II. Το Mirage, βασίζεται στο e-compact Concept Global Small που είδαμε τον Μάρτιο στη Γενεύη και είναι ένα 5-θυρο αυτοκίνητο το οποίο στοχεύει στις αναδυόμενες αγορές και μηχανικά φορά έναν 1.000αρη τρικύλινδρο MIVEC κινητήρα με σύστημα Start/Stop και κιβώτιο CVT έχοντας μέση κατανάλωση 3.33 λίτρων/100 χλμ. Οι πωλήσεις του θα ξεκινήσουν στην Ταϊλάνδη από τον Μάρτιο του 2012.
Το δεύτερο είναι το Concept PX-MiEV II, και αποτελεί την συνέχεια του PX-MiEV concept που είχε παρουσιαστεί πριν 2 χρόνια και διαθέτει νέους προφυλακτήρες, νέα φωτιστικά σώματα μπροστά-πίσω, νέο πορτμπαγκάζ και νέες ζάντες.
Μηχανικά φορά έναν plug-in υβριδικό 2.0-λιτρο τετρακύλινδρο κινητήρα ο οποίος συνδυάζεται με δύο ηλεκτροκινητήρες συνολικής απόδοσης 60 kW που έχουνε τοποθετηθεί στον μπροστά και στον πίσω άξονα. Όταν οι μπαταρίες του είναι άδειες, το αυτοκίνητο μπαίνει σε Series Hybrid Mode το οποίο ενεργοποιεί τον κινητήρα εσωτερικής καύσης, έτσι ώστε να φορτίσουν οι μπαταρίες. Όταν κινείται στον αυτοκινητόδρομο, το αυτοκίνητο μπαίνει σε Parallel Hybrid Mode, το οποιο χρησιμοποιεί όλους τους κινητήρες ταυτόχρονα.
Το αυτοκίνητο έχει ηλεκτρική αυτονομία 50 χλμ και συνολική αυτονομία 800 χλμ με μέση κατανάλωση 1.66 λίτρων/100 χλμ. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II
The Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV System offers drive modes for every situation, providing optimum efficiency
Mitsubishi Motors’ unique Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV System is derived from the control systems used on EVs. For low to medium speed driving in town or residential areas, the vehicle operates in EV Mode where motive power comes from the two electric motors using power from the drive battery. When the residual charge in the drive battery drops to a predetermined level or when the driver needs more gutsy acceleration, the system switches to Series hybrid Mode where the gasoline engine automatically starts up and serves as a generator feeding power to both motors and to the battery. At higher vehicle speeds, the system switches to Parallel hybrid Mode where the gasoline engine, with its better high-end energy efficiency, supplies supplementary drive torque to assist the motors. In addition when the driver applies the brakes, the front and rear motors act as generators recovering kinetic energy and using it to charge the drive battery.
The Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV System employs a high-capacity battery that is capable of powering the vehicle in EV Mode for distances of 50 kilometers. This range allows the vehicle to operate in EV Mode in most everyday situations. The driver can switch manually to Battery Mode for quiet and emissions-free all-electric driving in residential areas or the countryside. The driver can also switch to Battery Charge Mode when he or she wants to reduce battery power consumption and use the engine to generate electricity. A socket on the vehicle allows electricity stored in the drive battery to be used to power electric appliances when camping or pursuing other outdoor activities, or to provide an emergency power source. The system is also vehicle-to-home (V2H) compatible.
The front and rear motors drive the vehicle using electricity from the drive battery. The car operates in thi s mode for commuting, shopping and most other everyday driving situation.
Series Hybrid Mode
In this mode the motors are powered by electricity from the drive battery and from the engine generator when residual charge in the battery is low or when accelerating and other times when higher motor output is needed.
Parallel Hybrid Mode
The car is driven by its electric motors and by the gasoline engine at higher vehicle speeds where the engine offers better efficiency.
Twin Motor 4WD
The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II uses a Twin Motor 4WD system in which two motors drive the front and rear axles independently. Being virtually lag-free and offering superior control, the motors ensure finer more precise control of the 4WD system. The Twin Motor 4WD system does away with the propeller shaft, hydraulic system and clutch plate used to connect the front and rear axles in conventional 4WD systems. This helps to reduce the drive torque losses associated.
S-AWC Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) system maximizes safety, stability and handling performance by using on-board sensors to constantly monitor driving patterns, road surfaces and other conditions as well as integrating control of its 4WD, Active Stability Control (ASC) and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) component systems.
The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II uses a new version of Mitsubishi’s S-AWC system which improves safety and driving performance for almost effortless handling. Working in tandem with the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV System, S-AWC also contributes to better fuel efficiency.
MIRAGE : World Debut of a Global Strategic Mode
Mitsubishi Motors has crafted a new compact car that will satisfy the needs of people all over the world, whether in emerging markets or mature markets. That car is the new Mirage.
The development goal for the new Mirage was to offer world-class environmental performance and the easy d r i v a b i l i t y o f a c o m p a c t m o d e l a t a n e a s i l y a c c e s s i b l e p r i c e w h i l e a l s o d e l i v e r i n g a c o m b i n a t i o n o f r o a d performance, design excellence and build and trim quality to bring driving pleasure to more people. The new Mirage sits on a new lightweight and high-strength platform. The extensive use of high-tensile steel sheet together with painstaking weight reduction throughout the entire vehicle has produced one of the lightest five-seat five-door hatchback bodies on the market. The lightweight body and its slippery aerodynamic lines contribute greatly to the car’s low fuel consumption. The Mirage provides the maneuverability and easy drivability expected of a compact car while also offering ample interior and luggage space. The Mirage is powered by a new 1.0-liter 3-cylinder MIVEC engine which uses a regenerative braking system for energy recovery.
Incorporating Mitsubishi Motors’ own Auto Stop & Go idle-stop system in the new engine boasts a top-of-class level of fuel economy. In creating the new Mirage compact car Mitsubishi Motors has stayed faithful to the Mitsubishi Motors Way, reviewing and re-examining in painstaking detail every technology applied to and incorporated in the Mirage.
The Mirage embodies a new way of thinking in building automobiles. Mitsubishi Motors is confident the Mirage will meet the expectations and earn the satisfaction of customers the world over in its role as a partner in their daily lives and communities. The Mirage production model will go on sale first in Thailand in March 2012 and will be rolled out in other markets all over the world in quick succession to bring real driving pleasure to customers everywhere.
The design of the Mirage is speckled throughout with “dashes of spice” that are meant to enhance the driving experience for the owner in his or her daily life. In the exterior, this can be seen in its elegant silhouette and the appearance of the expressive body panel surface. The interior design, meanwhile, gives expression to the design theme in the clean and simple aesthetics of the center panel and can be seen in the careful attention given to the even the smallest of details. The Mirage was not designed solely with style in mind; rather to make a comfortable driving experience that is both eco-friendly and people-friendly.
The Mirage uses roof lines which create distinctive side view proportions in a very aerodynamically efficient design. The trailing roof edge creates a sharp and edgy shape yet s t i l l provides ample rear seat headroom. Providing excel lent forward and s ide vi s ibi l i ty, the beltline starts low down just behind the front wheel arch and rises gently as it runs towards the rear. The beltline and roof shape are balanced to inject movement into the side design
The taut panel surfaces bring out the charm in body coloringt o m a x i m u m e f f e c t . T h e h e a d l a m p s t h a t accentuate the front of the Mirage were shaped to give its distinctive face use a richly expressive design which adds crispness to the side view while morphing into softer and gentler styling in the front view. From the r e a r , t h e t a p e r i n g c a b i n s h a p e i s c o u n t e r p o i s e d b y thick bumper ends to give the Mirage tail a wide, squat and reassuring look of stability.
T h e Mi r a g e wa s r e l e n t l e s s l y d e s i g n e d t o a c h i e v e a n a e s t h e t i c a l l y p l e a s i n g a n d e f f e c t i v e b a l a n c e b e twe e n sophisticated looks and superior aerodynamic performance. This can be seen in the front grille with its minimal opening, in the front bumper with its airflow rectifying design, in the aero wheel covers which optimize airflow a r o u n d t h e w h e e l s , i n t h e s h a r p e d g e s o f t h e r e a r b u m p e r a n d r e a r e d g e o f t h e c a b i n , a n d i n t h e w i n d tunnel-optimized rear spoiler design. By aggressively using these elements in the design, the Mirage was made very aerodynamic, contributing to its high fuel efficiency.
“Simple & Clean” was the design theme for the Mirage’s interior, aimed at creating a spacy and comfortable interior that envelops its occupants in a pleasant ambiance. The use of a flat dashboard design wi t h a n a c c e n t l i n e wh i c h d e s c r i b e s a n a r c s t r e t c h i n g f r om the windscreen edge across its whole length imparts a sense of width to the cockpit. The edge of the dashboard is cambered, giving a greater feeling of openness to the cockpit. The center panel with its glossy piano-black finish enhances the overall texture and gives an elegant a c c e n t t o t h e c l e a n a n d s imp l e d e s i g n o f t h e i n t e r i o r , ma k i n g a pleasant ambiance.
The Mirage features innovative packaging which fits an interior space with ample front and rear seat leg room into a compact body and delivers a comfortable ride for all occupants. The Mirage’s compact dimensions give it a top-of-class turning radius, while its slim-line A-pillar and low-set belt line give the driver an outstanding field of vision. The styling allows the driver to see the engine hood, thus making it easier to judge the width of the car for easier maneuverability and drivability.
The Mi rag e i s powered by a new 1.0- l i ter 3- cyl inder engine wi th a number of ef f i c iency-enhanc ing features including the MIVEC variable valve timing system, the adoption of Mitsubishi Motors’ Auto Stop & Go idle-stop system, a Brake energy regeneration system, as well as thorough weight reduction and an exhaustive reduction in friction losses. The well-balanced mix of new technologies and improvements to existing technologies provides top-of-class environmental performance. The MIVEC engine is mated to a next-generation CVT with an auxiliary gearbox providing a wide ratio span. Feeding torque drive effectively and efficiently to the driving wheels, this transmission delivers both outstanding fuel economy and drivability. The Mirage uses Mitsubishi’ s RISE safety body design which has been made lighter by strategic use of lightweight and very stiff high-tensile steel plate.
Together with its superior aerodynamics, the production Mirage will be targeting top-of-class fuel efficiency of 30.0 km per liter.