CYPRESS, Calif. – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the official lineup for the 2016 Paris Motor Show, which includes the world premiere of the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept next-generation SUV. The concept model is powered by MMC’s advanced plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) system comprised of three motors.
The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV will be the focal point of the MMC booth and will be surrounded by a variety of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) and 100% electric vehicles (EV) to support the booth’s theme of “Driving Beyond: Another Step Forward with SUVs and Electric Power.” Joining the 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 – both being shown for the first time.
The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept is a high-end next-generation SUV that is well equipped to take many road surface conditions in stride. The concept feature’s MMC’s latest design language paired with MMC’s advanced and proprietary electric and all-wheel control technologies empowering drivers to pilot their car with confidence. 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 and Japanese craftsmanship.
The front visage of the vehicle, with its forceful presence, employs MMC’s Dynamic Shield front design concept that portrays the front end’s function of protection both passengers 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 a classy styling that flourishes sculpted 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 passengers, providing a sense of solace and security. Generous use of the burgundy 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 drive with confidence.
The PHEV system is comprised of 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 performance ideal for a “ground tourer” and also makes for comfortable driving on longer trips with an electric-only range of 120km and a combined hybrid cruising range of over 1,200km. 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 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 fullest. The technology feeds route information back to the car as well as data on weather and road surface conditions acquired from information networks.