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The coordination of aesthetics and performance - form and function - has long been the driving force behind Mitsubishi's success, and the Sport Truck Concept maintains that pattern, featuring a sporty, purposeful design inside and out.
The Sport Truck Concept's athletic monocoque body is wrapped around a supremely capable front-engine, full-time all-wheel-drive platform that offers all-weather capability. Taking the road less traveled, the concept is further enhanced wîth a four-wheel independent suspension, providing ride and handling characteristics that are clearly un-truck-like.
Passion starts wîth performance. And performance starts at the heart of the Sport Truck Concept, wîth a powerful V-8 engine mated to an electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The transmission features a dial-type shifter knob which, rotated into the D+ mode, allows for sporty paddle shifting through controls mounted on the §teering wheel.
Exterior Designed to appeal to urban customers who are always on the move, the Sport Truck Concept's exterior styling is sporty yet rugged; it offers the practical utility of a truck, yet the four-wheel independent suspension possesses the sophisticated ride and performance more commonly associated wîth sport sedans. The compact platform pushes the large, imposing 22-inch custom alloy wheels out to the corners of the vehicle to maximize interior space and create stable, responsive handling characteristics. Muscular fenders stretched over the massive wheels project an athletic form, and all four wheels benefit from powerful disc brakes.
The Sport Truck Concept's front bumpers express styling that has rapidly come to define Mitsubishi Motors's global corporate truck identity. They also address safety: in the event of an accident, the truck's lower fascia features a second bumper surface specifically designed to make contact wîth the bumpers of much smaller passenger cars.
The wrap-around windshield, reminiscent of the shape of a racing helmet, blends seamlessly into the side glass to provide an aerodynamic cabin appearance. A cab-forward profile further emphasizes the look of kinetic energy about to be unleashed.
Evidence of the Sport Truck Concept's design continuity can be found as the clean, elegant, muscular body forms are sustained all around the vehicle; for instance, the C-pillar smoothly transitions from the bed to the cabin, providing a distinctively athletic profile.
Even the Sport Truck Concept's doors suggest an active personality. Large side doors open barn door style, providing maximum access to the interior. At the rear, a multifunctional, electronically operated tailgate features four positions: the normal or shut position, a semi-retracted position for carrying long items such as surfboards, an open position to effectively extend the bed length, and a fully retracted position, in which the tailgate completely disappears under the rear bed to provide convenient access to the cargo area.
Únique headlight and taillight designs add to the truck's sense of style. The headlamps feature ellipsoid projector lights, projector-style fog lamps and neon turn lamps in a floating bezel. The side mirrors housings are transparent, so while the translucent mirrors reflect what's going on behind the driver's field of vision, the mirrors themselves do not detract from visibility.
The Sport Truck Concept's clean, expressive exterior houses a refined interior finished wîth high-quality modern materials. The vehicle's four-passenger interior utilizes chic materials that were inspired by contemporary urban lofts, creating elegant forms to produce a highly functional and reconfigurable interior arrangement.
Wide, seamless bench seats trimmed wîth weatherproof fabric are soft and comfortable, yet also durable and washable. Besides sliding together, the rear seats also expand up and out, sliding into the rear bed to offer a thrilling, open-air jump seat riding position for fair weather recreational riding. With the seats in their aft-most position, the rear window opens to become a windshield for the rear passengers.
The vehicle's wheels-at-the-corners stance creates a roomy passenger environment that offers panoramic visibility from the cockpit, helped in part by a hood that slopes down at the front, and an instrument panel that seemingly floats away from the firewall, creating an open and spacious feel for the entire cabin. The interior makes use of metallic and metal-finished surfaces that add to the vehicle's sense of purpose, strength and durability. A compact, sporty I/P display appears in front of a metal-finished §teering wheel.
To complement the inspiring open-air views, Mitsubishi packed this concept wîth high-tech components on the inside. The gauge cluster features configurable LCD displays for the driver, wîth information covering a variety of vehicle systems. The shifter is a dial, and paddle-type §teering controls are located on the §teering wheel. The clean, simple center panel features CD and MP3 players, among various other audio components. Ample storage spaces are built into the instrument panel, which also features programmable LED lighting.
The innovative Visopia LED lighting system is infinitely variable, wîth patterns, colors and animations that help create the perfect ambience to suit the truck's occupants. As a result, the interior environment can be converted to convey the proper mood for music, driving, or simply lounging at tailgate parties. Whatever the mood, the Sport Truck Concept exemplifies attitude.
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