August 30, 2007 Yet another gem set to debut at the upcoming Frankfurt International Motor Show is Mitsubishi’s Concept-cX – a new generation compact SUV that aims to strike a balance between environmental and everyday practical performance.
The Concept-cX is powered by a new Euro 5 compliant high-output, high-efficiency 1.8-liter clean diesel engine mated to Mitsubishi's new Twin Clutch Sport Shift Transmission (SST).
This powertrain delivers zippy performance with excellent fuel economy and low emissions. Among the number of new environmental technologies applied in the Concept-cX is the extensive use of interior trim materials made from Mitsubishi's own “Green Plastic” which is made from bamboo and other plant-based resins.
The design gives the exterior a purposeful and functional form using a dynamic wedge shape and large tires. The front visage combines the inverted-slant nose with trapezoidal grille and the (4100mm) compact body provides manoeuvrability around town coupled with a high driving position that improves visibility. Usability is enhanced by the inclusion of a split tailgate taken from the Outlander.
The 1.8-liter clean diesel engine features a variable geometry (VG) turbocharger for optimum boost control and a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) with diesel particulate filter (DPF) in the exhaust system for compliance with Europe's Euro 5 emission standards.
The power unit is mated to Mitsubishi's new Twin Clutch Sport Shift Transmission designed to deliver superior power transmission efficiency and high-performance combined with excellent fuel economy and low emissions.
The Concept-cX also uses Mitsubishi's electronically-controlled 4WD system and large 225/45R19 tires to boost handling performance and stability both on tarmac and off-road.