Paris 2016: Mitsubishi electrifies with Ground Tourer PHEV concept

Paris 2016: Mitsubishi electrifies with Ground Tourer PHEV concept image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress UK | posted September 30, 2016 07:54

Stylish, high tech Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept revealed

Mitsubishi is looking to further electrify its future model lineup after introducing the Ground Tourer-PHEV concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The automaker describes the concept as a high-end SUV that combines an exterior that follows 'form over function' and a unique powertrain plug-in hybrid powertrain with 4WD capability.

As mentioned, it is the third concept that follows the brand's concept design called 'Form Over Function'. Dominating the front section of the concept is Mitsubishi's 'Dynamic Shield' front grill with shutters, along with the stacked headlights and thin daytime running lights.

It also features a floating roofline that is finished in Burgundy Red, contrasting the White Metallic finish of the GT-PHEV concept. It also gets a distinct C-pillar, combination taillights that spans the entire width of the SUV. Finishing up the exterior décor are the overly-large alloy wheels and unique front and rear bumpers which use a skid plate-like treatment.

Side profile of the GT-PHEV concept

Inside, the GT-PHEV gets a centrally-mounted instrument cluster that features a digital display that can engine speed, energy flow and other vehicle information. It can also switch to navigation for easier maneuvering through the city or highways. Beside the center display are two monitors which act as the car's side mirror display.

The GT-PHEV concept can seat five and is fitted with two-tone burgundy black leather that covers the dashboard, center console, door panels and seats. It even gets silver accents which spruce up the cabin. Extra sunlight comes inside the concept SUV thanks to a panoramic glass roof.

Another highlight of the concept SUV is the center console itself which gets an array of features like: rotary-type transmission control, air-conditoning system, electronic parking brake and a touchpad.

Providing grunt is a 2.5-liter gasoline inline-four that is paired to three electric motors that is then powered by a 25 kWh battery pack. The first electric motor sits at the front axle while the other pair are fitted at the back. In all-electric mode, the SUV has a maximum range of 120 km. With a fully-charged battery pack and fueled-up tank, Mitsubishi claimed the GT-PHEV will have a cruising range of up to 1,200 km.

A peek inside the GT-PHEV cabin

With the unique drivetrain, the GT-PHEV gets 4WD as standard. Other features present on the GT-PHEV concept include: active front differential (AFD) which regulates torque transfer between the two axles, electric active yaw control (AYC) and active stability control (ACS).

The new concept previews the company's next-generation Outlander SUV.