Could Paris concept be next Mitsubishi flagship?

GT-PHEV concept uses three electric motors.

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Mitsubishi will debut a concept at the Paris Motor Show that could evolve into a range-topping SUV.

The GT-PHEV, to be unveiled at the show on 29th September, is described as ‘a high-end next-generation SUV that easily takes many road surface conditions in its stride.’

According to the concept’s creators the GT, or Grand Tourer part of its name comes from the ability to travel great distances over varying terrain. Mitsubishi describes the GT-PHEV as a ‘ground tourer – a car made for cruising across a vast land’.

And as the rest of the car’s title suggests it is powered by a plug-in hybrid system using three electric motors – one at the front and two at the rear and powered by a next-generation battery pack.

Mitsubishi says the system delivers a dramatic improvement in the performance of the concept’s full-time four-wheel-drive powertrain, while handling stability is further enhanced by the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system.

The car is said to offer an electric-only range of 75 miles and a combined range of more than 740 miles.

Styling-wise it showcases the latest version of the brand’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ front end design, while the profile is muscular, the aim being to give an impression of the body being carved from a single piece of steel.

Inside the car boasts a horizontal dashboard, the instrument panel also including a high centre console. Burgundy leather trim is used extensively, colour co-ordinated with the roof colour.

Mitsubishi’s Paris theme is ‘Driving Beyond: Another Step Forward with SUVs and Electric Power’ and the stand will also see debuts for the eX Concept, a compact SUV powered by a next-generation electric vehicle system, and 2017 model year European market versions of the Outlander and Outlander PHEV SUVs.

 

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a 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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