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    Official: Mitsubishi rolls out new Mirage alongside Concept PX-MiEV II for Tokyo

    Filed under: Concept Cars, Budget, Hybrid, Tokyo Motor Show, Crossover, Hatchback, Mitsubishi


    With the Tokyo Motor Show coming up around the bend, Japan's automakers are preparing to roll out their best. And Mitsubishi isn't about to sit idly by.

    The Tri-Diamond automaker has two major world debuts planned for its home-market expo: one production vehicle and one concept. The former sees the return of the Mirage nameplate - most prominently used in the 1980s - in place of the Colt with a new entry-level model. The basic five-door hatchback packs an economical 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with stop/start and a continuously variable transmission that will hit the Thai market first when it launches in March 2012.

    Joining the new Mirage on the Mitsubishi stage will be the Concept PX-MiEV II, a plug-in hybrid crossover that joins the i-MiEV electric car and the Minicab-MiEV light-duty commercial vehicle in the company's expanding portfolio of electric vehicles. A 2.0-liter four-banger is coupled to a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors to drive all four wheels through the Lancer Evo's S-AWC traction system to deliver comparable power to a 3.0-liter V6 while offering improved emissions and fuel consumption figures.

    In addition to the usual battery-only and internal combustion generator modes, the PX-MiEV II also enables outdoorsy types to run portable appliances off the vehicle's battery packs. There's plenty more to digest in the press release, so hit the jump to check it out, and scope out both the Mirage and the Concept PX-MiEV II in the pair of galleries for a closer look.Continue reading Mitsubishi rolls out new Mirage alongside Concept PX-MiEV II for Tokyo
    Mitsubishi rolls out new Mirage alongside Concept PX-MiEV II for Tokyo originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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