Paris show – Mitsubishi goes for bold

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Pride of place on the Mitsubishi stand at the Paris Motor Show is the debutant GT-PHEV concept.

The car is described by the Japanese brand as a ‘high-end, next-generation SUV’, and could evolve into a future range-topping model.

The GT stands for ‘Ground Tourer’ – the concept being that the car can travel over long distances no matter what the terrain. It showcases Mitsubishi’s latest design language and is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

The visuals are far bolder than current Mitsubishi product with narrow windows and tall metal, and a swept back windscreen. The vertical light clusters are also a distinctive change to the brand’s current look.

However the front end as a whole does follow Mitsubishi’s latest ‘Dynamic Shield’ visual identity, emphasising the safety aspects of the brand’s cars, bold chromed streaks on either side of the grille shielding the Three-Diamond badge which is said to create a 3D suggestion of motion.

The GT-PHEV’s powertrain is the latest iteration of the plug-in hybrid drivetrain offered in the production Oultander PHEV. In the GT variant it combines a 2.4-litre petrol engine with three electric motors, and can offer a range of up to 75 miles in electric-only mode. Combined with the engine the range can go up to 750 miles.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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