11 September 2007

Frankfurt show: Mitsubishi Concept-cX and Prototype X

Shark-faced compact SUV faces up to Evo X preview on Mitsu's stand

Mitsubishi Concept-cX

Evading the attentions of the model guarding the Mitsubishi Concept-cX proved tricky - she may look innocuous but she's obviously under strict instructions to keep the button-pokers and tyre-kickers off the stand - but we've just had a good poke around the Japanese firm's lead attraction in Frankfurt.

The Concept-cX is described as a compact SUV, and we can't argue with the 'compact' bit. It looks dinky, and it looks good.

The pointy-nosed face will doubtless divide opinion - our first impression is that it looks like the bastard lovechild of a shark and a Mustang (the car, not the horse) - but we like it nonetheless.

It's still in proper concept territory, though. There's no visible exhaust, just an LED cluster where the centre tailpipe should be (actually, there are LEDs all over the car), and a narrowing glass hatch with a fold-out tailgate.

Inside the cabin, we like the look of the control cluster between the two rear seats, and the gear lever that swivels to switch from two-wheel to four-wheel drive.

However, those slimline seats - which Mitsubishi describes as 'thinly padded but welcoming' but we'd describe as 'a pain in the arse' - could do with fattening up a bit.

So it's still a long way from production. Unlike the Prototype X, the Evo X-previewing concept that we saw back in Detroit in January.

With its rear diffuser, wide arches and Alcantara-swathed interior, it looks just as mean as we remembered, and Mitsubishi told us that the production version will be unveiled at the Tokyo motor show next month.

Now share it...

What do you think?

This service is provided by Disqus and is subject to their privacy policy and terms of use. Please read Top Gear's code of conduct (link below) before posting.