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  Mitsubishi Sport Truck Concept
 

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Country of origin:Japan
Produced in:2004
Introduced at:2004 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn a worldwide premiere, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) unveiled the Sport Truck Concept at the 2004 North American International Auto Show. The Sport Truck Concept represents MMNA's interpretation of what a pickup truck can be: functional and fun to drive.

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 with a four-wheel independent suspension, providing ride and handling characteristics that are clearly un-truck-like.

Passion starts with performance. And performance starts at the heart of the Sport Truck Concept, with a powerful V-8 engine mated to an electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission. The transmission features a dial-type shifter knob which, rotated into the D+ mode, allows for sporty paddle shifting through controls mounted on the steering wheel.

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 with 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 clean, expressive exterior houses a refined interior finished with 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.

To complement the inspiring open-air views, Mitsubishi packed this concept with high-tech components on the inside. The gauge cluster features configurable LCD displays for the driver, with information covering a variety of vehicle systems. The shifter is a dial, and paddle-type steering controls are located on the steering 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.

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