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2007-08-30 07:55
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mitsubishi
Model Concept-cX
Engine 1.8-litre turbodiesel
The Mitsubishi Concept-cX, due to be unveiled at this years Frankfurt motor show, is the Japanese auto-makers vision of a future, low environmental impact SUV.

Styled with distinctly hatchback like proportions, the Concept-cX, features a large glass hatch area, with a split tailgate and a very aggressive side crease running from the front wheel arches across the front doors.

At 4.1-meters it is small enough to easily navigate urban environments and dart into tight parking spaces.

Staying true to it's essential design philosophy of bring a practical, yet environmentally tenable SUV transport solution to the market place, Concept-cX uses 1.8-litre turbo diesel power.

Ensuring maximum efficiency and performance is a variable geometry turbocharger, whilst a diesel oxidation catalyst and particulate filter keeps the environmental impact to a minimum.

Equipped with a twin clutch SST (sport shift) transmission driving the wheels through Mitsubishi's electronically controlled four-wheel drive system, drive-train efficiency is high, despite being shod with outlandish 225/45 profile tyres rolling on 19-inch mags.

Perhaps the most interesting technological application is to be found in the cabin, where Mitsubishi's own 'green plastic' - a mix of bamboo and plant based resins - has seen extensive use with regards to the cabin trim.

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