This handsome midsize concept not only showcases a future design direction for a Mitsubishi flagship sedan, but also highlights advances in diesel power and advanced active and passive safety features.
The car's underlying structure is an aluminum space frame fitted with high-impact resin body panels made from recycled materials. The Concept ZT has simple flowing lines, a high beltline and projecting fenders that give the car a clean, muscular look. Sculptured headlamps and unique wheel design and grille treatments give the car Japanese flair. The interior combines simple, elegant lines with upscale materials such as grained black wood, metal and leather to give this prototype a decidedly upscale look.
The Concept ZT is powered by a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder diesel producing 187 bhp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. This high-pressure common-rail diesel also employs a variable diffuser/variable geometry turbocharger to boost output to levels normally seen from a normally aspirated V-6 diesel. The engine is mated to Mitsubishi's twin-clutch Sport Shift Transmission.
On the active safety front, Mitsubishi touts the ZT's all-wheel-drive system that's combined with an electronic limited-slip differential and stability control. Passive safety features include a pop-up hood to mitigate injuries in pedestrian crashes, lane-departure and blind-spot warning systems, and multiple cameras to assist parking.