Mitsubishi GT-PHEV to make Paris debut as the Plug-In Hybrid SUV will spawn a new family of models with electric powertrains
Mitsubishi will showcase a new plug-in hybrid concept at the upcoming glamorous Paris Motor Show. The 2016 edition of the annual motoring exhibition in France will give debut to the GT-PHEV concept that will give a sneak-peek into the future SUVs the brand has in the pipeline with electrified drivetrains. The new concept study will also give rise to the forthcoming design language expected to be adapted.
The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV will debut on 29th of September and will feature a plug-in powertrain comprising of a petrol engine coupled with three electric motors. The full-sized utility vehicle will have an all-electric range of 120 kilometres according to a statement released by the Japanese manufacturer. The new concept is said to spawn a family of electrified SUVs and is largest in a recent series of design studies.
The GT-PHEV was initially expected to act as a replacement to the existing Pajero/Shogun with futuristic underpinnings and design language but it was not likely to be the case. However, the large SUV concept will give birth to a new line of production SUVs with lower emission and increased electric range. When the concept will enter production has not been announced yet.
The GT stands for Ground Tourer and it has upgraded Dynamic Shield design up front as witnessed on the eX and xR concepts revealed earlier. The former was a full-electric crossover while the latter is a plug-in hybrid as the upcoming concept. Mitsubishi has already stated that its future models will have plug-in hybrid versions to stick by the stringent emission regulations and meet the growing trend in the industry.
Mitsubishi Outlander SUV’s plug-in model was the best-selling in Europe last year with a total sales of 31,214 units and had beaten the likes of some of the dedicated all-electric and rivalling PHEVs. Beyond this successful run, Nissan’s, which prefers pure EVs over PHEVs, plans to buy controlling stake in the brand will play a significant role in the future strategies.