The SUP concept which Mitsubishi took the wraps off at
the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show was one of those concepts
which suffered from a severe identity crisis.
It was a convertible MPV with quirky and incoherent styling
and a hybrid drivetrain. Under normal conditions it was
just the front wheels which were driven, powered by a
2.0 litre, four-cylinder with stop/start technology. However
when wheel slip was detected electric motors would kick
in to drive the rear wheels and provide extra traction.
Some of the more bizarre features of the Mitsubishi SUP
were a shower, yes a shower, hidden behind a panel above
the left rear wheel, and removable storage compartments
incorporated into the door panels.
As a unique vehicle which got people to raise their eyebrows
in surprise the SUP worked. As a feasible production vehicle
it failed miserably.