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Mitsubishi to show new Hybrid SUV in Paris

GT-PHEV Concept is next-gen go-anywhere hybrid, with 3 electric motors

Published: September 16, 2016, 10:30 PM
Updated: September 21, 2016, 1:30 PM

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi is scheduling the unveiling of its newest sport-utility for the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, pulling the wraps off the GT-PHEV Concept — a plug-in hybrid with three motors for all-wheel drive capabilities.

The SUV will share its display with the eX Concept, introduced at last fall’s Tokyo Motor Show and showing the look for a new all-electric Mitsubishi crossover due in 2020, and the 2017 Outlander and Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) that are both making their European debuts.

Mitsubishi calls the GT-PHEV a “ground tourer” — a premium vehicle designed to cruise across a vast land (presumably on any road or trail it wants to). The look is that of Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield, the front end design that conveys protection for both machine and man, which also displaying the muscularity and intensity common to SUVs. The side is highlighted by slim outside mirrors and door handles that sit flush to the body work. The rear doors appear to be rear hinged, indicating a pillarless side opening that should make getting in and out of the cabin easy.

Inside, the feeling of spaciousness is emphasized through a horizontal instrument panel that Mitsubishi says also allows the driver to immediately sense changes in vehicle attitude (like a level, I guess). A high centre console provides the front seat occupants with a feeling of security and solace. The burgundy leather upholstery is meant to coordinate with the exterior floating-roof colour, while providing upscale surroundings.

The powertrain is the latest version of Mitsubishi’s advanced triple-motor system that provides all-terrain traction when it’s needed, with one motor on the front axle and another for each of the rear wheels. The gasoline engine provides the main motivation, while also doing a good job of keeping the next-generation high-capacity battery topped up for the all-wheel drive.

The electric-only range is reportedly 120 km, while the hybrid powertrain will provide of range in excess of 1,200 (according to the company). Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) provides the ability to tailor handling stability to individual surface characteristics.

New levels of connectivity are also part of the concept presence, as expected from today’s new vehicle introductions, with the technology ensuring the car has real-time information on route traffic, weather and surface conditions.