H Mitsubishi παρουσίασε τη Γενεύη το νέο Outlander. Αποτελεί την έκδοση παραγωγής του Concept PX-MiEV II, θα είναι διαθέσιμο παγκοσμίως με την Ευρωπαική έκδοση του νέου Outlander να είναι διαθέσιμη με δύο κινητήρες σε δικίνιτες και τετρακίνητες εκδόσεις. Οι κινητήρες αποτελούνται από τον 2.0-λιτρο MIVEC βενζινοκινητήρα απόδοσης 150 ίππων με 195 Nm ροπής και τον 2.2-λίτρων MIVEC Clean Diesel πετρελαιοκινητήρα απόδοσης 150 ίππων με 380 Nm ροπής.
Και οι δύο διαθέτουν σύστημα Auto Stop & Go και συνεργάζονται είτε με ένα 6-τάχυτο μηχανικό είτε με με ένα νέο 6-τάχυτο αυτόματο κιβώτιο. Το 2013 θα παρουσιαστεί και μια υβριδική EV plug-In hybrid έκδοση που θα έχει αυτονομία 800 χλμ με εκπομπές CO2 50 γρ/χλμ. Οι πωλήσεις του νέου Outlander θα ξεκινήσουν αρχικά από την αγοράς της Ρωσίας ενώ μέχρι το τέλος του καλοκαιριού, θα είναι διαθέσιμο σε όλη την Ευρώπη.
Φορά Super Xenon φωτιστικά σώματα τα οποία είναι κατά 1.4 φορές, δυνατότερα από τα απλά φώτα Xenon. Στο εσωτερικό έχουνε χρησιμοποιηθεί καλύτερης ποιότητας υλικά με μαλακά πλαστικά. Μπορεί να μεταφέρει 5 επιβάτες και στον επιπλέον εξοπλισμό υπάρχει δυνατότητα προσθήκης και τρίτης σειράς καθισμάτων ώστε να μεταφέρει 7 άτομα. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
[Πηγή: Mitsubishi | Live Photos: Autoblog.nl]
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY NEXT GENERATION MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER HARMONY
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Eleven years1 after it first coined the term “crossover”, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) today unveils its third embodiment of this concept with the all-new next generation Outlander at the 82nd International Geneva Motor Show.
After a total of over 950,000 sales (as of end of December 2011 – including Airtrek – the first generation Mitsubishi Outlander) for the first two generations since June 2001, this all-new mid-size crossover is meant to comply with the times – a strategic and innovative premium vehicle, developed around a versatile global platform and borne of a harmonious balancing of:
- Low environmental impact
- Advanced safety
- Comfortable driving
- Clever utility
- Added convenience
This unveiling will confirm the start of an all-new generation of global products for Mitsubishi Motors, consistent with the ambitions set in MMC’s “Jump 2013” smart business plan for a greener and more global Mitsubishi Motors.
Fittingly, MMC’s complete family of Passenger Vehicles / Crossovers / SUVs will also see a gradual transition to a re-focused design language, as seen with the all-new Outlander. While still being formulated, it is envisaged as an open concept meant to be flexible enough to suit specific vehicle requirements whilst staging Mitsubishi’s famous Three Diamond logo accordingly. This new engineering-driven look can be understood as the new expression of Mitsubishi’s near century old tradition of technology tailored for today’s world.
Similar in size to the current car, the 4655mm Next Generation Outlander follows a clear design brief where in true Mitsubishi fashion, key directions were for an “engineer’s car” with a “Solid – Safe – Simple” shape, blending substantial look with clean surfaces, as previewed in the Concept PX-MiEV and Concept PX-MiEV II show cars.
Whether its high flanks, raised beltline, uncluttered surfaces, strong shouldering or soft-contoured fenders, the all-new Outlander offers a very comforting sense of quiet protection and safety to its occupants – a quality car of substance devoid of cheap styling thrills and designed for the long-haul travelling its innovative power-train will allow.
Understated yet assertive, Outlander’s exterior design is further enhanced by a slim front aerodynamic grille with stylish hockey-shaped chromed strips seem to be milled directly from solid brass as if to shield the three-diamond logo, in-between the feline look of the sculptured wrap-around headlamps.
This same quality look continues inside the car with high grade premium materials (padded surfaces, soft-touch finish, silver or wood accents,2 gloss black appliqués) gracing a dashboard designed for better driver concentration, including ergonomic steering wheel controls as well as high-resolution and easy-to-read instrument displays.
In keeping with Outlander’s forte, the all-new next generation Outlander will continue to carry five or seven people2 in comfort and safety, supported by a powerful electronic architecture. The new Outlander now comes with a finer blend of:
- With a development of our Mitsubishi petrol and Clean Diesel engines. In Europe, the new Outlander will be made available with a choice of two different engines: 1. MMC’s “4J11” – a 110 kW (150ps) 2.0 l MIVEC petrol now fitted with an all-new valve train2. MMC’s “4N14” – a 110 kW (150ps) 2.2 Clean Diesel with many innovative features to include an ultra-low 14.9:1 compression ratio. Further improvements allow for high performance and low emissions.
- With an all-new Automatic Stop & Go system3
- With an all-new 6-speed automatic gearbox.3
- Through weight reduction (optimisation of the body structure, further use of high-tensile strength steel pressings).
All improvements leading to a much better fuel economy and emissions, down to a minimum target of below 130 g/km.3
- With the introduction of Adaptive Cruise Control system.3 This system maintains a safe distance to the vehicle in front, even at very low speeds when experiencing heavy traffic congestion.
- With the introduction of Forward Collision Mitigation system.3 This system detects obstacles on the road ahead of the vehicle and automatically applies the brakes to help preventing a collision.
- With the introduction of Lane Departure Warning system.3 This system warns the driver that their vehicle is about to depart from its lane through a visual warning display and a buzzer.
- With the introduction of Super-HiD “Wide Vision” xenon headlamps.3 Approximately 1.4 times more powerful than conventional HID headlights, they provide a 1,350-lumen beam that shines over an extremely wide area of 80°x 2 in total, instead of the 42° x 2 of conventional HiDs.
- With now a dual zone air conditioner.3
- A quieter cabin thanks to improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).
- A wide and comfortable 3rd row 50/50 split seating, replacing today’s jump seats.4
- High grade quality materials for a more premium D-Segment look & feel.
- With a 1.69m long floor when the 2nd and 3rd seats are folded down (+ 335 mm versus the previous Outlander).
- With a flat floor when all seats are folded down.
- And the adoption of a one-piece power tail gate.4
- With a display audio incorporating the rear view monitor system.4
- As so often requested – a tilt & telescopic steering column.4
After this Geneva unveiling, the all-new next generation Outlander will be launched first in Russia this summer, prior to European (late summer), Japanese, Oceania, Chinese and North American debuts.
During the course of 2012, MMC will also take advantage of the built-in possibilities of Outlander’s versatile platform & powerful electronic architecture to add an EV-based plug-In hybrid power-train to the ICE Outlander range.
This will be a fully integrated solution, based on MMC’s EV technology and also, making the best use of MMC’s extensive 4-Wheel-Drive expertise, offering a choice of driving modes including:
- Pure (Twin Motor 4WD EV).
- Series (Twin Motor 4WD EV supported by ICE generator).
- Parallel (Twin Motor 4WD EV supplemented by ICE at higher speed – Electric motors assist in powerful acceleration without any gear shift).
When fitted to the new Outlander, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV system will allow for
a range and very low CO2 emissions similar to that of MMC’s Concept PX-MiEV II (over 800 km and a target of below 50 g/km).5
PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS – EU6
- Length: 4655 mm
- Width: 1800 mm
- Height: 1680 mm
- Wheelbase: 2670 mm
1“ASX” show car at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show – forerunner of the first generation Outlander (Airtrek in Japan)2Depending on markets and models
3Depending on markets and models
4Depending on markets and models
5First retail production: Japan – to be followed by Europe and then other markets
6All data subject to final homologation
MITSUBISHI MOTORS’ EV-BASED PLUG-IN HYBRID SYSTEM NEW FRONTIER A pioneer in electro-mobility since 1966 and the first major manufacturer to launch a series production electric car (i-MiEV in 2009), Mitsubishi Motors is committed to explore the new frontiers that will allow electric vehicles (EVs) to venture beyond urban areas. This far-reaching outlook includes long-term R&D of new battery technologies (in line with METI’s Road Map for Next Generation Vehicle Strategy1), electronics, innovative power-trains (such as in-wheel motors2) and long-haul/-ultra-low impact vehicles.Today, Mitsubishi Motors is delighted to confirm that the first manifestation of this technology will be available in the all-new Outlander, encompassing an EV-based plug-in hybrid (P-HEV), to be launched during FY2012.
An Industry First
All these promising proprietary developments are not meant as showcases. Indeed, they are a viable proposition for the marketplace that will fulfil real-life needs and expectations of customers around the world and at the same time will blend with other Mitsubishi Motors technologies to result in a unique MMC product. In that sense, the forthcoming all-new Outlander P-HEV will be a milestone vehicle:
- Mitsubishi Motors’ first P-HEV vehicle will be an EV-based vehicle, relying on MMC’s extensive EV and electronic know-how, supplemented by a petrol engine when needed.
- Making the best use of Mitsubishi’s renowned extensive 4-Wheel-Drive expertise, it will also be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production.
- The unique drive-train combination of front electric motor with rear electric motor plus front traction/generator petrol engine will translate into a choice of three driving modes:
o Pure (Twin Motor 4WD EV) and;
o Series (Twin Motor 4WD EV supported by ICE3 generator) and;
o Parallel (Twin Motor 4WD EV supplemented by ICE3 powered FWD)
- Taking advantage of the possibilities of Outlander’s versatile architecture, it will be the first built-in P-HEV, designed and built alongside the more conventional ICE3 versions of the same vehicle – a first in the market.
- This engineering integrity also means that it was not be a later P-HEV adaptation of an existing ICE3powered vehicle but instead, was envisaged from the start of the design of Outlander’s platform and electronic architecture.
Mitsubishi’s Plug-In Hybrid 4WD Crossover
MMC’s EV-based plug-in hybrid system uses high-capacity traction batteries that allow the vehicle to cover over 50 km in 4WD electric mode alone, allowing it to be driven solely as an EV for most everyday situations. Furthermore and amongst others:
- Depending on power consumption and remaining battery charge, the system will start the petrol engine automatically as a generator (“Series Mode”).
- At higher vehicle speeds (within legal speed limits), the petrol engine, with its better high-end energy efficiency, will supply supplementary drive torque to assist the front and rear motors (“Parallel Mode”).
- In addition, with the push of a button, the driver has the freedom to select a “Battery Drive Mode” when she/he wishes to drive quietly and emissions-free (at sufficient battery levels) in residential areas or the countryside using pure EV power.
- At the same time, the driver can also switch to a “Battery Charge Mode” while on the move, controlling use of battery power and using the engine as a generator to charge the batteries.
- When the driver applies the brakes, the front and rear motors act as a generator recovering kinetic energy and using it to charge the traction battery.
- Mitsubishi Motors’ P-HEV system uses a newly developed twin-motor four-wheel-drive system mated to Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control). Based on the four-wheel-drive technology developed and honed in the Lancer Evolution, S-AWC it integrates control of the 4WD, ASC and ABS systems. Working in tandem with the Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid EV system, S-AWC also contributes to better fuel efficiency.
- The two motors drive the front and rear axles independently. Being virtually lag-free and offering superior control, the motors ensure finer, 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.
- In addition to the obvious active safety of such a sophisticated 4WD drive train, the Mitsubishi P-HEV system gives the 100% instant off-the-line torque inherent to electric motors – with acceleration comparable to that of a 3.0-litre V6 engine – while its twin electric motor will guarantee the smooth progression required in difficult wintery driving conditions.
When fitted to the all-new Outlander, the Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid EV system (fitted with a petrol engine) will allow for a range and very low emissionssimilar to that of the Concept PX-MiEV II show car. That’s a driving distance of over 800 km and a CO2 target below 50 g/km4.
“MiEV HOUSE” THE NEXT CONCEPT
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Consistent with its pioneering role in electro-mobility since 1966, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) takes a broader view, incorporating infrastructure issues into its future developments.
This is the reason why – amongst other initiatives – MMC has become one of the founding members of the CHAdeMO Association. The aim of the association is to promote electric vehicles through technical improvements of quick chargers, standardisation of charging methods and international extension of CHAdeMO members’ knowledge relating to quick-charger installation.1 This is also the reason why Mitsubishi Motors has decided to develop an innovative concept house, the “MiEV House”
First seen at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show and then further developed for the 2011 Show, the MiEV House is a concept for a “smart house” that tackles energy and global warming challenges by managing energy usage between the house itself, “smart appliances”, EVs/plug-in hybrid vehicles (P-HEV), and “smart grids” all at the same time through an Energy Management System (EMS) and MMC’s own Electric Vehicle Integration System (EIS).
Energy Management System
Mitsubishi Motors has been involved in numerous trials looking into the effective utilisation of EVs/P-HEVs and recycled EV batteries in order to develop smart grid technology for the effective use of electric power in homes, companies and local communities. As part of this project, Mitsubishi Motors is currently working with Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric in the development of the Energy Management System, to produce a smart interface that turns the on-board energy capacity from an EV or P-HEV into a supplemental contributor to an electric smart grid.
This interactive system contributes to the optimisation of energy usage by feeding electrical power stored in an EV or a P-HEVs’ high-capacity drive battery for external use as necessary, in order to shift overall power usage from daytime peak hours to night, where power demand is much lower to reduce peak consumption. EMS can also operate to ensure EV battery charging takes place at times when power consumption is low.
Electric Vehicle Integration System
Mitsubishi Motors is also developing an Electric Vehicle Integration System (EIS) – through communication with a home Energy Management System (EMS) – which constantly monitors the residual charge in an EV or P-HEVs’ traction battery and therefore optimises battery charging to match the owner’s schedule.
This will make it possible for the EV or P-HEV battery to always be full when ready to drive away, bringing not only convenience to the driver, but also reducing electricity costs overall. EIS always provides enough charging for the battery to drive the car away, therefore there is always energy in the traction battery to be used for other purposes too.
Mitsubishi Motors’ ‘MiEV House’ shows how EVs and P-HEVs can play a further role beyond mere transportation. They can help by redefining energy management throughout a region or a country and as such, reduce overall consumption and emissions, all the way to recycling drive batteries as additional power storage for the MiEV House. This is not all though – other potential areas are being investigated, whether mid-term or longer term, for example:
Attention has recently become focused on the use of high-capacity EV traction batteries as a source of bulk power in emergencies. As a result, Mitsubishi Motors is currently developing a smart system in which an EV will be capable of supplying up to 1500w of power by connecting it to an external feeder. 2
At the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, the MiEV Café prototypewas showcased as an example of how an EV can be used to charge large electrical appliances.
Longer term, in conjunction with WiTricity Corporation, an American company and IHI Corporation of Japan, Mitsubishi Motors has also embarked on research and development of an easily deployable EV wireless charging system.
Wireless charging systems utilise a power transmitter unit in the road surface to transfer electrical energy to a vehicle equipped with an energy capture device. Bringing this technology to market will enable rapid wireless charging when at traffic lights, or when static, or even at one’s own smart MiEV House perhaps making EVs much more convenient for our customers.