Mitsubishi's GT-PHEV concept showcases the automaker’s latest ideas for a new family of SUVs with electrified powertrains.
The concept, which will debut at the Paris auto show on Sept. 29, has a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with a gasoline engine and three electric motors. The large SUV can travel 120km (75 miles) under electric power, Mitsubishi said in a statement.
The GT-PHEV is the third and largest in a series of SUV concepts from Mitsubishi with electrified powertrains. They preview a new family of production SUVs with a strong low-emission message, a Mitsubishi spokesperson told Automotive News Europe. She did not give any potential launch dates.
The concept does not preview a replacement for the Pajero/Shogun large SUV, she said.
The GT – for Ground Tourer – updates the “Dynamic Shield” front end design seen on Mitsubishi’s eX and XR concepts. The midsize XR was also a plug-in hybrid, while the eX small crossover was electric only.
Mitsubishi has said it will have a plug-in hybrid version for all its future models in the “midterm future.”
Mitsubishi’s plug-in plans could be altered following Nissan’s agreement to buy a controlling stake in its Japanese rival earlier this year. Nissan prefers pure electric cars to more complicated plug-in models.
The plug-in version of the Mitsubishi Outlander midsize SUV was Europe’ best-selling plug-in last year with sales of 31,214, beating pure EVs and rival PHEVs, according to market researchers JATO Dynamics.