2005 Tokyo Motor Show, Part IV Page 3

October 19, 2005

 

 

 

Mitsubishi Concept-X

 

2005 Mitsubishi Concept-X

2005 Mitsubishi Concept-X

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Mitsubishi Motors president Osamu Masuko calls the new Concept-X a “new-age Evolution design.” We’re hoping that doesn’t mean a hippie transformation for the Mitsu Evo, but somehow we’re reassured by the handsomely styled concept, with its tall grille, sleek roofline and tail spoiler. The Concept-X takes the “ruthlessly mechanical road machine image” that the Evolution has earned, and puts it into a body shell crafted partly in aluminum and outfitted with a mod new interior with aluminum trim. The concept powertrain is based around a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, hooked up to a paddle-shifted automatic transmission and Super All-Wheel Control, the latest version of Mitsubishi’s all-wheel-drive system. With a new Evo due in 18 months or less, the Concept-X appears to point the way to the styling of the next edition.

 

 

 

 

 

Mitsubishi D:5 Concept

2005 Mitsubishi D:5 concept

2005 Mitsubishi D:5 concept

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This square-jawed concept is a precursor of a new Delica minivan for the Japanese market — but we can’t help but think the D5 would fit right in over in the more outwardly Robocop parts of downtown Detroit . The D:5’s blockish lines cloak a roomy interior with a lower floor height than the previous Delica, and a series of structural hoops are emphasized in the interior styling, highlighting the van’s body-building efforts. A full-length glass sunroof lets the sun shine inside, and a CVT mated with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine provides the D5’s power. The engine and the four-wheel-drive system are both shared with the new Outlander.
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