Mitsubishi introduces new GT-PHEV concept car at 2016 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 27, 2016

Most Japanese car manufacturers have been focusing on expanding their current lineups for the past few years. However, there is one particular Japanese automaker that is taking the opposite route and is making only a handful of models. Yes, Mitsubishi has been following this principle and it looks like it will be making quite a stir at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

The Japanese automaker has currently been focusing on creating new concept cars with its newest creation, the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV. The concept is expected to be a “high-end next-generation SUV” that can easily maneuver through any road surface conditions; thus its GT name which stands for “ground tourer.” The concept car will feature Mitsubishi’s newest plug-in hybrid EV system which we have to watch out for at the Paris Motor Show. It is said that it will be using three electric motors.

Design-wise, the GT-PHEV sports the brand’s latest design language but looks oddly similar to Mitsubishi’s previous concept cars. It has a Dynamic Shield front design concept which features a huge grille, sleek and stylish headlights and big DRL clusters. It also has a floating roof design for that futuristic vibe coupled by big wheels and a set of cameras instead of the standard side mirrors.

Photos of the concept car’s interior have yet to be revealed but the Japanese automaker says that we are to expect a cockpit-like cabin which features a horizontal dashboard and instrument panel with high center console. It will also come with an elegant burgundy genuine leather color to match the roof.

The only details we have for its powertrain is that the GT-PHEV will feature an advance PHEV system consisting of a high capacity battery package and three high-output electric motors. It will also have an internal combustion engine that is designed to fit specifically for its PHEV system.

We have mentioned that this car will be using three electric motors and will function so that the concept car will have an all-wheel drive train – one motor will power the front axle while the other two will drive the rear wheels. Moreover, the GT-PHEV will have an electric-only range of 120 km and a combined hybrid cruising range of more than 1,200 km.

Although the GT-PHEV may be just one of those concept cars (along with the XR-PHEV concept, the “more production ready” XR-PHEV II, the eX and the GC-PHEV), the GT-PHEV is something to brag about at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. We’re hoping that Mitsubishi finds time (and resources) to do a comprehensive crossover of these concept cars and finally release a production version that could be driven on our streets.

Press Release

MITSUBISHI MOTORS LINE UP AT PARIS MOTOR SHOW 2016

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announces the world premiere of the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept[1] next-generation SUV at the 2016 Paris Motor Show[2]. The concept model is powered by MMC’s own advanced plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) system using triple motors.

The centerpiece of the MMC booth, it will be based on a concept of the ability for cruising across a vast land. The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept, along with a variety of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) and 100% electric vehicles (EV) supports the “Driving Beyond: Another Step Forward with SUVs and Electric Power” booth theme.

Joining the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept at the MMC booth will be the Mitsubishi eX Concept, a compact SUV powered by a next-generation EV system, and 2017 model year European market versions of the Outlander and Outlander PHEV – all being shown for the first time.

The Outlander features a new floor console and improved interior trim quality as well as MMC’s Forward Collision Mitigation System, now with a function to detect pedestrians, Blind Spot Warning and other advanced active safety systems. The Outlander PHEV meanwhile, adopts an EV Priority Mode that gives greater priority to all-electric operation as well as the same advanced active safety systems as the Outlander.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept: Outline

The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept is a high-end next-generation SUV that easily takes many road surface conditions in its stride. Featuring MMC’s latest design language together with MMC’s advanced and proprietary electric and all-wheel control technologies, the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept empowers drivers to pilot their car with confidence under a wide range of driving conditions. It stirs the driver’s curiosity and sense of adventure as they seek to go further, as they seek to take a step beyond anything they have experienced before.

In its overall design, the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV 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. From the side, the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept uses 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, the body is clothed in classy styling that flourishes sculptured dynamism highlighted by precise detailing.

Inside, the Mitsubishi 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 center console, the cockpit-like interior wraps around its people, providing a sense of solace and security. Generous use of Burgundy[3] genuine leather trim, color coordinated with the exterior roof color is another touch in creating a classy and comfortable interior space.

On the technology front, in addition to outstanding environmental performance MMC’s advanced triple-motor PHEV system delivers superior motive performance to empower drivers of any skill level to confidently follow new paths as they like through a multitude of different weather and road surface conditions, for an enjoyable and rewarding driving experience.

This 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 km and a combined hybrid cruising range of over 1,200 km. 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 four-wheel drive powertrain and MMC’s own Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system, bringing new levels of handling stability.

The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept also adopts the latest in connected car technology in extracting its performance and functionality to the full. The technology feeds back to the car route information as well as 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.

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