Car maker’s future model line-up could include an all-electric crossover and hybrid SUV

Mitsubishi has confirmed that it is bringing two new design study models to the Geneva motor show this March.

Details remain slim, but a shaded image and snippets of information suggest both will be toughened up versions of the carmaker’s current L200 pick-up and ASX SUV.

The single released image reveals little, but it does, at least, show the models are painted grey with orange accents and feature roof boxes and black alloy wheels. Mitsubishi has labelled both cars as ‘special action’ vehicles and says that they’ll serve only as design studies - so neither will make production.

What they will do is spur on interest for what’s to come in Mitsubishi’s future model line-up. With the latest production version of the L200 having been launched only last year, it isn’t due to be updated for some time yet. The ASX SUV, however, which has been on sale in its current guise since 2010, is due to be facelifted later in 2016, with an all-new model to follow the year after.

Insiders have labelled the XR-PHEV II concept of Geneva 2015 (above) as the 2017 ASX’s biggest inspiration. That car mixes sleek exterior lines and angular lights with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, and at the time, was described as a preview for a future model that would rival the Range Rover Evoque. This suggests the ASX could move up a price bracket, clearing space for an all-new model below.

Fittingly, the other car to be showcased in Geneva this year, Mitsubishi's eX Concept, could offer a glimpse of that entry-level crossover. The eX first made its debut at the 2015 Tokyo motor show and was pegged by many as the inspiration for a mini-ASX production model.

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