Mitsubishi has released these pictures of its new GT-PHEV concept car ahead of its official debut at this month’s Paris Motor Show.
Described as “a high-end next-generation SUV that easily takes many road surface conditions in its stride”, the GT-PHEV is likely to focus on improved interior quality – something the brand isn’t exactly renowned for.
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It is known for its plug-in hybrid powertrains, however, with the Outlander PHEV being a huge success for the brand in the UK over recent years. A similar system, using three motors and an improved engine, will power the GT-PHEV.
An improved battery pack will result in an electric-only range of 75 miles and a total range of more than 750 miles.
Mitsubishi hasn’t released any pictures of the interior, but insists its burgundy leather trim (coordinated with the GT-PHEV’s roof) contributes to a ‘classy and comfortable’ space.
It will also feature connected car tech providing route information, while on-board sensors and cameras will monitor energy consumption.
It’s not clear whether we’re likely to see those bold looks – with styling cues from the XR-PHEV II concept of 2015 – on a production model any time soon, but the ageing ASX could do with a major revamp to take on the Nissan Qashqai.
Mitsubishi will also be showing its Mitsubishi eX concept at Paris, along with an updated 2017 model year version of the Outlander. This will feature a new floor console, improved interior trim quality and Mitsubishi’s collision avoidance system, with the function to detect pedestrians, as well as a blind spot warning.
The Outlander PHEV will also come with a new ‘EV priority’ mode which gives greater priority to all-electric operation, the carmaker says.