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Mitsubishi to show off new PHEV SUV

Ground Tourer Concept looks to be evolution of Mitsubishi's eX Concept

Published: June 27, 2016, 10:30 PM
Updated: July 7, 2016, 3:00 PM

Mitsubishi Ground Tourer Concept

Mitsubishi seems to be on a path to create a niche for itself in the hybrid sport-utility field, with the latest announcement that it is planning to introduce its latest concept — the Ground Tourer — at this fall’s Paris Motor Show.

Mitsubishi eX Concept

Not much is known about the new concept outside of a profile sketch, but some things can be discerned. It looks to be an evolution of its previous concept, the electric plug-in eX Concept, and the one before (the Concept XR PHEV II).

The profile is nearly identical to that of eX, with the most easily identifiable difference a larger rear door, indicating that it could be traditionally hinged (the eX had a smaller rear-hinged door for access to the rear seat) in preparation for a possible production concept (though nothing has, naturally, been announced).

Mitsubishi is saying the Ground Tourer Concept will be positioned as an up-market SUV, suggesting it is not just the new look for a replacement Outlander (whose latest generation was also introduced in Paris, in 2012, and is nearing the end of its generation cycle). The concept will feature a plug-in electric hybrid powertrain, which does bundle it in with the Outlander PHEV, but then again, all Mitsubishi’s latest SUV concepts have been PHEVs.

It also marks the latest expression of Mitsubishi design language, which will start to be rolled out to new models in the near future. The company says the new design theme is based on four elements — Augmented Possibilities, Functional Beauty, Solid Thrust and Japanese Craftsmanship.