After teasing us with silhouettes, Mitsubishi has finally released a set of official images for its GT PHEV Concept, which is set to make its global debut at the Paris motor show later this month. Powered by the Japanese carmaker’s indigenously developed plug-in hybrid EV system that uses three motors, the concept also previews the future of the brand’s design language.
This PHEV system comprises a high-capacity battery package, three high-output and high-efficiency motors and an engine designed especially for this drivetrain, which Mitsubishi says has been optimised for better electricity generation abilities. According to the carmaker, the combination results in an electric-only range of 120km and a combined hybrid cruising range of over 1,200 km. Thanks to the powertrain’s configuration, which is one electric motor at the front and two at the rear, the full-time four-wheel drive system and the Super All Wheel Control integrated vehicle dynamics control system will purportedly work better, improving the vehicle’s handling and stability.
While the PHEV in the name stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, the GT part doesn’t stand for what you think it does. Mitsubishi chooses to call this vehicle a Ground Tourer, the logic behind it being the car’s ability to travel “across a vast land”. Well, we don’t see how that’s any different from what a grand tourer stands for, but even if you like it or not, a ground tourer is what this is.
Inside, the GT-PHEV Concept gets a layout that Mitsubishi says will enhance the sense of space, and a cockpit that cocoons the occupants giving “a sense of solace and security.” The cabin also trimmed in Burgundy leather, which by the way is the same colour as the concept vehicle’s roof.
Joining the GT-PHEV at the Paris show will be the eX Concept, a compact electric SUV, and 2017 model year European market versions of the Outlander and Outlander PHEV.