• Mitsubishi’s future centre-stage for Paris show
• SUV concept ‘all set to turn heads and minds’
• GT-PHEV (wait for it!) has THREE motors.
Mitsubishi says it is making “another bold leap” in the development of its next-generation sport utility vehicles with the world premiere of its Ground Tourer Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (GT-PHEV) concept at the Paris Motor Show from 1 October.
(Could there be a more confusing model name? – Editor)
It’s said to be following the tyre tracks of the XR-PHEV shown at the Tokyo auto show in 2013 and the XR-PHEV II unveiled – the automaker says to much acclaim – at the 2015 Geneva auto show in 2015.
“As with its predecessors,” Misubishi says, “the GT-PHEV will showcase a huge leap in plug-in hybrid technology and in-car connected technologies while also hinting at the future design language of mass-production Mitsubishis.”
ELECTRIC REACH, HYBRID POWER
Topmost on the GT-PHEV Concept’s list of technical advancements, we’re told, is a brand-new plug-in hybrid system that uses three electric motors and a small, lean-burning, internal combustion engine to drive all four wheels and provide an enormous cruising range of 120km on battery power alone and 1200km using all modes of propulsion.
The three motors are split between the front and rear axles – one in front alongside the combustion engine, two on the rear axle – one for each rear wheel.
“Using this layout and the ‘Super All-Wheel Control’ (S-AWC) technology from other off-road vehicles, the automaker explains, the concept promises an active all-wheel drive system that will seamlessly switch between drive modes, depending on driver demands and road conditions.”
More details will come at the launch in Paris.
This latest concept vehicle not only showcases the evolution of plug-in hybrid technology but also introduces Mitsubishi’s future design direction. Mitsubishi says it used the term Ground Tourer (the GT in the GT-PHEV name) as an inspiration for its design of a dynamic off-road vehicle “focused on off-road use”.
“The concept features an even bolder interpretation of the ‘Dynamic Shield’ front design,” the automaker adds, “which creates a powerful overtaking presence and sets the scene for an overall dynamic design.”
LAUNCH INCLUDES ‘FLOATING’ ROOF
The concept’s designers aimed to create what they believed would be a dynamic SUV that “appears to have been crafted from a single ingot of steel”. It’s said to do this through its high waistline, deep shoulder lines and a ‘floating roof’ – achieved, as have a number of automakers, by blacking the support pilars.
The roof matches the colour of the interior – in the case of the model in the images, a deep burgundy. The roofline slopes slightly towards the sculpted rear.
Next-generation connected motoring
The interior will only be revealed in Paris but Mitsubishi has admitted it will have a development of the highly connected digital cockpit concept of its XR-PHEV / XR-PHEV II forebears.
SENSORS TAKE OVER FROM DRIVER
There will, it’s promised, be a number of data sources from the vehicle’s sensors and exterior cameras as well as from connected traffic – weather, road sources – to dynamically adjust the vehicle’s settings.
“This will negate,” Mitsubishi explains, “the need for the driver to adjust vehicle preferences based on the weather or changes in the road surface and will best use the all-wheel drive system.
The 2016 Paris auto show will run from October 1-16.