Mitsubishi has showcased the GT-PHEV concept, which previews its next-generation of SUV products, at the 2016 Paris Show.
The successor to the XR-PHEV, first seen at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, the new concept will showcase the Japanese manufacturer's lastest plug-in hybrid technology as well as in-car connected technology, while incorporating several (potential) styling cues of future Mitsubishi products.
This GT-PHEV boasts a new plug-in hybrid system comprising a trio of electric motors in conjunction with a small, lean-burning internal combustion engine, all of which delivers drive to all 4 wheels. The optimal range of the vehicle is claimed at 1 200 km using all modes of propulsion and 120 km when operating on battery power alone.
The 3 electric motors are split between the front and rear axles, with 1 electric motor in front, alongside the internal combustion engine, and 2 fitted on the rear axle – each connected to one of the rear wheels. Using Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC), the GT-PHEV Concept "offers an active all-wheel drive system that will seamlessly switch between different drive modes, depending on driver needs and road conditions", the firm says.
Mitsubishi announced that it will further develop the highly connected digital cockpit concept of its XR-PHEV and XR-PHEV II forebears. There'll be a system that seamlessly combines a large number of data sources from the vehicle’s own sensors and exterior cameras (as well as from connected traffic, weather and road sources) to dynamically adjust the vehicle’s settings in real-time. This negates the need for the driver to adjust their vehicle's settings based on the weather/changes to the road surface and will best utilise Mitsubishi’s S-AWC system.
It's a slick-looking concept from Mitsubishi and we're keen to see more. Stay tuned for more information coming from the 2016 Paris Motor Show later this week.