While the rest of the automotive world is showcasing its latest metal at the Detroit Auto Show, Mitsubishi decided to rather use the Brussels Motorcar-Motorcycle Motor Show to debut a next-generation compact MPV.
Called the Concept AR (or Active Runabout), Mitsubishi claims it provides SUV sportiness with MPV roominess.
It uses a lightweight mild hybrid Belt Start Generator system which comprises a downsized 1.1-litre 3-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine mated to a low output BSG torque circuit with a 48V lithium-ion battery and an air-cooled DC-DC converter.
Concept AR also incorporates Mitsubishi Motors advanced active safety connected technologies, relying on next-generation information systems. These functions include a danger detection system which activates the corresponding safety functions and a failure/malfunction early-detection system which urges the driver to seek repairs or other maintenance.
Inside, Concept AR cleanly wraps occupants in simple and soft styling, which does away with meaningless features, all meant to create a soothing ambiance.
The cabin offers three alternative seating patterns giving generous seating room for six occupants, for four occupants with a sizeable luggage space or for a generous common space between the 2nd and 3rd row seats when they are turned to face each other.
Beyond traditional MPV versatile seating arrangement, great care has also been given to providing enough individual personal space and also to the distance between fellow occupants – for instance, a passenger might pull out the tablet-type interface from its home slot in the side of the cabin and link up with the outside world through the internet or check out their emails and other personal information.