Mitsubishi is working on bringing back its Model-A platform, which will be powered by the Plug-In Hybrid platform, seen in the Outlander. The Model, which was introduced in 1917, was Japan’s first ever series production car that time and was based on the Fiat Tipo 3.
Mitsubishi is planning to celebrate its centenary year by relaunching the Model-A, introduced a century ago, with a mix of both classic and retro design with some modern tech and 4-wheel-drive system. Though the car’s exterior as well as the interior will remain intact to the heritage car, however, the drivetrain upgrade is the main headline here.
The Japanese-car, was considered a 4-door sedan at that time, and came with a 2.8-litre I4 engine which produced 35 BHP. Now that it will be built on the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) platform and offer a 2.0-liter I4 engine, two electric motors, and a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This hybrid powertrain will produce 119 BHP and an additional 60 BHP from twin-electric motors.
The Model-A was considered a luxury car at that time, because it represented Japanese ingenuity and there were only a few cars at that time. But, the problem was that the car was expensive to produce, so it was built entirely handmade, by which it could not compete with its American and European rivals. Only 22 products were ever built between 1917 to 1921 by which it did not get the success it deserved. But, it showed the way for other Japanese automakers to build one of their own and compete with the Americans and Europeans.
At present, Mitsubishi Motors has joined hands with West Coast Customs in Burbank, California to re-create the vehicle that started it all. The unveiling details have not yet been revealed officially but according to sources, that may take place soon sometime this-year.
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