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.