Update – Mitsubishi have revealed more details of the GT-PHEV concept in Paris. See bottom of article for details
Mitsubishi has revealed its Grand Tourer GT-PHEV concept ahead of its presentation at the Paris motor show later this month.
As with all of Mitsubishi’s recent concept cars, the GT-PHEV sports the company’s X-shaped ‘Dynamic Shield’ design language, with three large stacked LED rings incorporated into the front bumper.
The bold and beefy design at the front is carried through to the rear, while a sloping tailgate lends the GT-PHEV an attractive and sporty aesthetic.
Out back is a thin red strip incorporating the presumably LED tail-lights. Lower down, a prominent rear skid-plate adorns the rear bumper.
The GT-PHEV is powered by a triple-motor, plug-in hybrid electric drivetrain, though actual output figures haven’t been released.
While not explicitly stated, the SUV’s triple-motor setup likely involves a petrol engine driving the front wheels with two electric motors spinning the rear – making it all-wheel drive.
The company describes this drivetrain layout as Super All Wheel Drive Control (SAW-C).
Mitsubishi has detailed, however, that the GT-PHEV is capable of an electric-only range of 120 kilometres, and a hybrid cruising range of more than 1200km – bettering the claims of most current diesel-powered SUVs.
Though not pictured, inside the GT-PHEV features a horizontal dashboard, which Mitsubishi claims allows for a more spacious interior.
A wrap-around interior design is also detailed, which the company says provides occupants a greater feeling security.
Mitsubishi says genuine leather is used throughout the interior, and is “carefully colour-coordinated with the exterior roof finish” – which is red on the concept.
The GT-PHEVs infotainment system provides weather and road surface data, while on-board sensors and cameras closely monitor electricity consumption and fuel economy.
While it’s been speculated this concept provides clues as to what the next-generation Outlander will look like, it appears the GT-PHEV is quite large.
However, recent spy images of the next-generation ASX indicate the smallest Mitsubishi SUV will grow in size, which suggests the seven-seat Outlander could also bulk up and move a class above to compete with larger seven-seat road-biased SUVs like the Toyota Kluger, Kia Sorento and Mazda CX-9.
Being a concept though, the final product could also differ greatly from the GT-PHEV, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Above: The current-generation Mitsubishi Outlander
The GT-PHEV concept will make its debut on September 29 in the lead-up to the Paris motor show, alongside the electric eX concept – which was first revealed at the 2015 Tokyo motor show. You can read about the eX here.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage of the Paris motor show over the next month.
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Update: The company has revealed more details about the GT-PHEV concept at the Paris motor show this week.
Inside the GT-PHEV concept features a central instrument cluster that provides vehicle information, speed and energy flow amongst other data.
As mentioned previously, the GT-PHEV concept features genuine leather trim, though we now know that the natural material is used on the dashboard, console, door trim along with the seats, while contrasting silver stitching is coordinated with the interior’s controls and switches.
Monitors on either side of the cluster use cameras to replace side mirrors to show rear-facing side views of the vehicle. A head-up display ahead of the driver presents vehicle speed and navigation data.
Under the floor lives a 25kWh battery pack, while a 2.4-litre combustion engine – likely to be petrol powered – sits under the bonnet.
A 90kW electric motor helps to turn the front wheels, while each rear wheel is driven by a 45kW motor. The GT-PHEV also features an electronic front limited-slip differential.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more coverage of the 2016 Paris motor show