Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept: 25 kWh battery, 3 Electric Motors

OCT 3 2016 BY MARK KANE 25

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi presented its all new plug-in hybrid SUVGT PHEV Concept in Paris this week, which in the future should make its way into retail production.

Mitsubishi calls the new model its “Ground Tourer-PHEV Concept” (or “GT-PHEV”) a high-end Japanese SUV coupé for a new automotive experience.

Beside further developments on the design style, Mitsubishi demonstrates two new elements for the plug-in – a more energy dense battery (25 kWh instead of the 12 kWh edition in today’s Outlander PHEV) and a three electric motor system (good for a total of 180 kW).

Via Mitsubishi on the GT PHEV:

  • A 25 kWh high energy density, next-generation high-capacity battery package is mounted under the floor.
  • A triple-motor system uses three compact, high output and high efficiency motors with integral Silicone Carbide (SiC) frequency inverters, one fitted at the front and two at the rear. This extends the speed range in which the car is driven by the motors alone.
  • The power-train further uses a 2.5L pretol engine designed for PHEV usage. In Series Drive Mode, when it acts as a generator, the engine runs at a high thermal efficiency. The engine size has been optimised for use in Parallel Drive Mode and with a two-speed front transaxle delivers good energy efficiency and acceleration. The system selects the high reduction ratio gear for better fuel economy when driving at higher speeds under normal circumstances, and the low reduction ratio gear for better acceleration when climbing a gradient or overtaking.
Mitsubishi EX concept

Mitsubishi EX concept

The Japanese manufacturer intends to introduce in the near future two new plug-in SUVs.  Besides the new plug-in hybrid, there will also be a compact all-electric model, heralded by the eX Concept (also presented in Paris).

Quick spec for Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept:

  • AWD – Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC), with three electric motors (one 90 kW in the front and two 45 kW in the rear axle) and 2.5L pretol engine
  • 25 kWh lithium-ion batteries
  • electric-only range of 120 km (74.5 miles) JC08 and a total cruising range of over 1,200 km – in “real world” driving range terms, about ~80 km/50 miles we suspect, not too shabby for a plug-in hybrid SUV
Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

 

2016 PARIS MOTOR SHOW MITSUBISHI GT-PHEV CONCEPT

Sep 29, 2016

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

PARIS – After “Concept XR PHEV II” at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and then, “eX Concept” at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) continues with the patient crafting of its design philosophy whilst confirming its growing stake in the SUV market.

This autumn, MMC extends that conceptual journey at the 2016 Paris Motor Show with the world premiere of the all-new “Ground Tourer-PHEV Concept” (or “GT-PHEV”): a high-end Japanese SUV coupé for a new automotive experience. 

GT-PHEV Concept is the third iteration of “Form follows Function”, which outlines Mitsubishi Motors’ renewed design philosophy, expressed through four powerful elements:

  • Augmented Possibilities
  • Functional Beauty
  • Sculptured Dynamism
  • Japanese Craftsmanship
Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Behind the “Dynamic Shield” front grille, which has been developed and evolved since 2014, now invests the upper strata of the automotive landscape with the GT-PHEV Concept.

Befitting its evocative name, GT-PHEV Concept offers effortless cruising on and off the beaten track, while accommodating passengers in the hushed comfort and sleek design of a finely crafted interior defined by a horizontal dashboard – reflecting the spaciousness of the cabin as well as making it easier for the driver to sense changes in vehicle’s attitude, as well as high quality yet functional fittings.

Intensity

The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept’s intense exterior design is meant to give a sense of reassurance to the driver while also stimulating their quest for adventure expressed through the body’s ingot-like surface composition, the keenly chamfered character lines that run into the rear fenders, complex surface treatment and substantial sills.

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Tailored to GT-PHEV’s high end mission & ambition, the “Dynamic Shield” front grille strikes presence on the road. The blacked-out grille, highlighted by intricately-worked chrome grille shutters and a piano black upper section, symbolises the advanced PHEV system’s performance. The design also seeks to express functionality through the precise energy management achieved by adaptive grille shutters that operate to reduce drag while optimally managing cooling of the PHEV system.

Either side, the headlamps are divided vertically for more pertinence from a safety viewpoint:

  • The upper half houses the day time running lamps and turn signals to make them more visible to pedestrians.
  • The lower half houses the headlights proper (high and low beams) to keep them from dazzling oncoming vehicles or pedestrians.
Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Beyond, the graphic styling of the lamp units, also adds to GT-PHEV Concept’s advanced and sophisticated look & feel.

High and above, the low floating roof, finished in contrasting burgundy dark red to coordinate with the interior upholstery, adds to the overall dynamism to the silhouette. With a curved cross-section, sharply truncated at its trailing edge, the roof and the distinctive C-pillar, which takes an airplane’s tail fin as its motif, creates a crisp and agile image that contrasts sharply with the body’s intensity to impart a sporty appearance.

In the side view, the horizontal hood, flat roofline and sharp character lines – highlighted by the reflections created by the complex “white metallic” finish of the main body – visually convey the idea of a solid and stable vehicle translating into a feeling of security for the driver and passengers.

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

At the rear, GT-PHEV Concept’s main feature is combination lamps that stretch across the width of the tail in a single line proud of the body. Together with the sharp bumper and tailgate surface treatment, this styling effect gives the rear end a broad-beamed and high-stability look contrasting with a sporty rake of the backlight.

Within the lamp units, the brake, indicators and reverse lights form a graphic composition of fourteen small inset vertical units and a slim wrap-around element at each corner, complemented by the sophisticated intricate design of the reflectors across the tailgate to create a distinctive contemporary effect.

Below, the lower bumper uses a skid plate-like treatment while a rubber coating similar to the one used for the front bumper, adds to the SUV feeling of toughness and stability.

The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept rides on five double-spoke large alloy wheels. Wrapped by the large sculptured double-edged wheel arches, they share the same ingot-carved look of the high sills, adding to the solid stance of the car on the road.

Horizontal

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

For GT-PHEV Concept, Mitsubishi Motors’ designers have developed an interior theme which combines refined Japanese craftsmanship and intuitive ergonomics.

For the latter, they decided to introduce a new theme which is that of a horizontal dashboard. This innovative layout provides a forward panoramic vision, creating an airy and open feel which will visually widen the interior space. The straight-through chrome accent will assist the driver in intuitively sensing changes in body attitude when driving off road.

On the ergonomic front, shift and terrain selectors use a rotary design that makes them easier to operate when driving off road and, similar to other controls, they are finished in silver to make them immediately identifiable and easier to locate.

The centrally-located instrument cluster uses an intelligent display that provides vehicle and engine speed, energy flow and other basic vehicular information. The display can be switched to a navigation mode that connects to information networks to provide route information and information on entertainment available at the destination.

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Monitors on either side of the cluster use cameras and serve as side mirrors to show the view behind the vehicle. A heads-up-display at the bottom of the windscreen presents vehicle speed and the minimum navigational data required, improving safety by reducing the need for the driver to look away from their usual viewpoints.

Last but not least, to dress up this contemporary high quality interior bathing in the light of the panoramic glass roof, MMC designers selected a two-tone burgundy/black fine leather covering dashboard, centre console, door trim panels and seats, with a silver accent stitching coordinated with the controls and switches.

High-mobility

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Building upon its industry-leading electric and all-wheel control technologies, Mitsubishi Motors aims to move the SUV genre to new territories.

As tangible evidence of this ambition, GT-PHEV Concept utilises MMC’s advanced and proprietary PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric) system, this time using a triple-motor layout (instead of the current twin-motor set-up). It also boasts a connected car technology which helps extract the performance of these to the maximum, to empower drivers of all abilities to follow their chosen line under different road surface conditions with assurance and thereby experience real driving pleasure.

PHEV System

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept uses a new plug-in hybrid electric system specifically developed for a top-end all-round SUV.

Building upon the successful formula inaugurated with Outlander PHEV, it includes:

  • A 25 kWh high energy density, next-generation high-capacity battery package is mounted under the floor.
  • A triple-motor system uses three compact, high output and high efficiency motors with integral Silicone Carbide (SiC) frequency inverters, one fitted at the front and two at the rear. This extends the speed range in which the car is driven by the motors alone.
  • The power-train further uses a 2.5L pretol engine designed for PHEV usage. In Series Drive Mode, when it acts as a generator, the engine runs at a high thermal efficiency. The engine size has been optimised for use in Parallel Drive Mode and with a two-speed front transaxle delivers good energy efficiency and acceleration. The system selects the high reduction ratio gear for better fuel economy when driving at higher speeds under normal circumstances, and the low reduction ratio gear for better acceleration when climbing a gradient or overtaking.
Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Furthermore, the overall efficiency of the PHEV system has been improved for GT-PHEV Concept including, amongst others:

  • Structural rationalisation and weight reduction.
  • Drag reduction through the use of automatic grille shutters.
  • Vehicle speed-sensitive adaptive suspension that controls ride height.

As a result, the concept car achieves an electric-only range of 120km and a total cruising range of over 1,200km with a full fuel tank and fully-charged battery, while tailpipe CO2emissions of under 26 g/km allow GT-PHEV Concept to top the plug-in hybrid segment.

4WD System

For GT-PHEV Concept’s high-output, high-efficiency triple motor 4WD power-train, electric motive power is supplied to the front wheels by a single 90 kW motor, and to the rear wheels by two 45 kW motors.

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

The drivetrain also employs MMC’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system. Comprising Active Front Differential (AFD), which controls torque split between the front wheels, electric Active Yaw Control (AYC) at the rear and Active Stability Control (ASC), S-AWC brings dramatic improvements to the car’s acceleration, cornering and braking:

  • The triple-motor four-wheel drive powertrain sees a significant improvement in front and rear wheel torque response. And with the electric vehicle’s inherent characteristic of developing maximum torque from standstill, the powertrain delivers exhilarating performance. The AFD regulates front drive torque split to improve cornering performance. It also improves vehicle stability by suppressing wheel spin and transmission of effective traction on dirt roads, snow-covered and other slippery surfaces.
  • The electric AYC regulates the output of the two rear motors and generates a torque differential between the rear wheels as required by surface conditions.  This generates a yaw moment that improves cornering capability and also helps to create a level of agile and feel-good handling that would seem improbable for a car of its size. When one wheel starts to lose grip and cannot transmit traction properly to the road surface, the AYC generates an amplitude of torque exceeding that from a single motor at the other wheel to maintain and improve traction performance.
  • ASC operates when the system detects any instability and regulates the braking force at each wheel, and motor and engine output to stabilise the body attitude and ensure tolerant and reassuring handling and driving stability for changes in road surface or inappropriate driver inputs.
Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi Motors’ proprietary S-AWC controls the behaviour of all four wheels through integral management of the AFD, electric AYC and ASC systems, allowing the driver to accelerate, corner and brake in a way faithful to their intent and delivering outstanding vehicle stability beyond anything they have experienced before with confidence.

Connected Car Technology

By making good use of information obtained through telecommunication, in-car sensors and cameras, the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept takes the environmental performance of the PHEV system as well as the triple-motor 4WD drive-train’s dynamic performance to new levels. As a result, the driver enjoys enhanced motoring pleasure, reassurance and confidence.

As an illustration, when the driver enters the destination into the on-board navigation system, connected car technology searches for information about the weather, temperature, topography, roads and surface conditions expected enroute. On this basis, it provides optimal energy management and thereby contributes to better fuel economy.

In addition, optimal and automatic control of the triple-motor four-wheel drive drivetrain’s front/rear, left/right torque split enables safer, more comfortable motoring.

And by regulating suspension damping when rough surfaces are encountered, it always provides the optimal ride and achieves the best balance between safety and easy driving.

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25 Comments on "Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept: 25 kWh battery, 3 Electric Motors"

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If it’s got twice the range as my Outlander PHEV, I’m all for it !

Mitsubishi should take reservations like Tesla; I’d cancel my M3 reso in a heartbeat for this beast!

It is ugly.

I think proper term these days is attractiveness challenged.

Absolute horrible design (but I’m from Europe). Why not completely take the windows away, since they are already so small. Make just a metal encaising: a tank. Very safe in case of an accident and very off-road.

Agreed. That front end is a disaster.

25 kWh is pretty good for a plugin hybrid! Nice interior as well. This could sell quite well I think. Too bad it looks like the Predator in the front though.

Yawn. Us U.S. Mitsubishi owners don’t believe a thing from the company until we see it actually hit a dealer. They can’t even stock the i-MiEV or explain pricing, let alone deliver the Outlander PHEV to the U.S. market. Maybe Nissan will clean house and actually release some product, while keeping the better battery engineering. 62,000 miles on my i-MiEV and it’s still delivering far more than the rated range. What’s a lost bar? (unless you’re drunk)

I really wish Mitsubishi would use this new more powerful battery to offer a upgrade to the existing Mitsubishi i-mievs on the road. I really hope Mitbushi upgrades the 2017 Mitsubishi i-miev next year.

2017’s are already selling in Canada – no upgrades.

So do a lot of folks… The energy (volumetric) density of modern cells is 50%-80% better than those on the 2008-designed i-MiEV, and weigh about the same. The i-MiEV already has active cooling — it might need to be upgraded a little, but much simpler than adding a system where it didn’t exist.

It should be easy to launch an 100mi (EPA) i-MiEV with ~28kWh, changing nothing but the battery, so engineering costs & risks would be low. The car also already has a 50kW DCQC option, so a full charge for ~100mi would take <45min.

Sure, it still wouldn't be a great performer acceleration-wise, or a long-distance car, but would a great city car, or rental for 1-2 people for short-to-medium distances, (folding the rear seats gives a lot of cargo space), or fleet car for national parks etc.

Production cost should be really cheap — production machinery is already amortized, and it's a very light car (~1100kg), s odoesn't need a huge battery.

Pretty fancy interior design.

I think both SUVs and sports (track) cars will need an ICE for some time. Yes, it complicates the package. Baterry thermal management isn’t up to the task, yet, unless you’ve got roadside swapping worked out.

25 kWh in a PHEV, thats more than my LEAF! Damm sweet.

How wonderful to see a PHEV with a 25 kWh battery pack! Now that is getting up to a really practical electric range for the average driver.

Too bad this is just a concept car. 🙁

Sadly they are stuck on such big front mounted gas motors when a 130lb 30kw in the rear would be far more efficient, lower cost, lighter weight and can call it generator assisted EV would bring more money, profit.

Unfortunate Mitsubishi is such a small company. It’s doing some very interesting things in the electric vehicle space.

The front is kind of “unique” but all in all looks great. Can’t wait for it to come to the US in 2020, I mean 2021, oh wait now 2022, aw damn, how about 2025!

2023 is possible, until they postpone for 2024, until they do a last minute refresh to make the ” how about 2025 “. But then yet again….

Good looks, good specs.

For some reason Mitsu-USA is in deep trouble, but Nissan may do some cleanup and launch both Outlander-PHEV and this model.

That ridiculously high beltline and squished top, makes it look like a toy car.?

Their inverters would be more noteworthy if they were made out of Silicon Carbide instead of Silicone.

Haha! Anyone can make power electronics out of Silicon Carbide. Using Silicone is a real trick. 🙂

They are using “integral Sic inverter”

Read again Sam!

Hmmm, with all the EV range upgrades flying around lately… and much more in the pipeline… my guess is that the days of the PHEV/EREV are counted.

Remember, this is merely a concept. By the time this hits the market as a real *product*, the golden days of the PHEV will be over and this will only appeal to a niche market.