Mitsubishi has taken the wraps off an electric beach buggy concept at the Tokyo motor show.

The MI-TECH concept was built to be a small plug-in hybrid electric SUV that delivers unparalleled driving pleasure and confidence over all terrain — in light and wind.

This concept car embodies the MMC brand statement “Drive Your Ambition” with a lightweight, compact, new PHEV drivetrain, four-motor electric 4WD system, and advanced driver assist and preventive safety technologies — all packed into the small-sized electrified SUV.

The MI-TECH concept is designed to be a dynamic buggy-type vehicle that embodies the very essence of Mitsubishi-ness.

Power comes from a lightweight, compact gas turbine engine-generator in place of the traditional gasoline engine.

The gas turbine engine-generator has a powerful output for its size and weight and can run on a variety of fuels such as diesel, kerosene and alcohol.

Further, its exhaust is clean so it responds to environmental and energy issues.

Mitsubishi’s S-AWC all-wheel drive system is integrated in the Vehicle Dynamics Control System, with front and rear Dual-Motor Active Yaw Control (AYC) units.

Making the brake calipers electric has delivered high response, high accuracy control of drive and braking force of the four wheels while delivering a drastic improvement in turning and traction performance.

When driving off-road and two wheels are spinning, the ability to transmit optimal driving force to all four wheels makes it possible to transmit force to the two wheels still on the ground and keep driving.

Mitsubishi says the concept delivers a safe, exhilarating driving experience in which the driver feels with the vehicle in all conditions, either in daily driving or when traversing rough roads, while also allowing for thrilling new driving experiences such as 180-degree spins by counter-rotating the left and right tyres.

The vehicle comes equipped with Human Machine Interface (HMI) which displays various information detected through sensing technology including advanced optical sensors on an augmented reality (AR) windshield.

With vehicle, road, and surrounding traffic conditions shown on the AR windshield, drivers can make accurate, heads-up decisions even in poor visibility.

Equipped also with MI-PILOT, next-generation driver assistance technology, the concept car extends driver support not only on freeways and ordinary roads, but also on unpaved roads.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.