The Mitsubishi Nessie concept was a design developed by
a trio of companies - Mitsubishi Motors, Italdesign, and
The Linde Group.
First unveiled at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show, the Nessie
concept was based on a Mitsubishi Pajero platform which
was modified to accept the custom bodywork created the
Italian company Italdesign.
Powering the Mitsubishi Nessie concept was a hydrogen
fueled V8 engine developed by The Linde Group. Power was
sent to all four wheels through an automatic transmission.
Design elements of the Mitsubishi Nessie which helped
the car stand out included; the windows built into the
lower section of the doors, an unusual roof-rack design
which also acted as c-pillars, a glass roof and massive
23" rear wheels.
Italdesign said of the Nessie concept: "The styling
exercise was aimed at a new sculpted modeling of the product
with particular attention to the plastic nature of the
volumes and the side panel to give rise to a brand new
vehicle architecture, a fastback coupé.
The 'monster'is a fastback coupe: a third, albeit reduced,
box is added at the rear to offer more room for passengers
and luggage, while a third door appeared on the right
side for easy access to the second row."
The Mitsubishi Nessie never made it further than the prototype
stage of development.
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