At this year’s Paris Motorshow, the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept next-generation SUV will be unveiled alongside the eX Concept, a compact SUV powered by a next-generation EV system.
The GT-PHEV Concept is said to be a high-end SUV and it features Mitsubishi Motors’ (MMC) latest design language. In its overall design, the concept projects the image of a ‘’ground tourer’ – a car made for cruising across a vast land – expressing Functional Beauty, Augmented Possibility, Sculptured Dynamism, Japanese Craftsmanship.
The front visage with its forceful presence employs MMC’s Dynamic Shield front design concept that portrays the front end’s function of protecting both people and the car. Along the sides, horizontal lines to convey its high-end SUV styling and vehicle stability. With a muscularity and intensity that gives the impression it has been carved from a single ingot of steel, with sculptured dynamism highlighted by precise detailing.
On the technology front, in addition to outstanding environmental performance, MMC’s advanced triple-motor PHEV system comprises a next-generation high-capacity drive battery package, three high-output and high-efficiency motors and an engine designed especially for the PHEV system featuring improved electricity generation performance and motive performance.
This combination delivers the punchy performance ideal for a “ground tourer” and makes for comfortable driving on longer trips as well with an electric-only range of 120 kms and a combined hybrid cruising range of over 1,200 kms. The triple-motor powertrain, with one unit at the front and two at the rear, delivers a dramatic improvement in the performance of its full-time 4-wheel drive powertrain and MMC’s own Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system.
Inside, the GT-PHEV Concept uses a horizontal dashboard that creates a spacious ambiance, making it easier for the driver to sense changes in vehicle attitude. Together with an instrument panel with a high centre console, the cockpit-like interior wraps around its people, providing a sense of solace and security. Generous use of Burgundy genuine leather trim, colour-coordinated with the exterior roof colour is another touch in creating a classy and comfortable interior space.
The driver can benefit from the latest in connected car technology in extracting its performance and functionality to the full. The technology provides route information as well as real-time data on weather and road surface conditions acquired from information networks and from on-board sensors and cameras in order to closely manage energy consumption such as electricity consumption and fuel economy as well as to provide all-wheel control best-suited to many motoring situations.
Perhaps some of the technological features are still in their infancy but the exterior design could well be the basis for a future model.