The Mitsubishi Concept GC plug-in hybrid hit the stage at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and we've got live images from our man on the scene to prove it.
Of the Concept GC-PHEV, Mitsubishi says this:
“Concept GC-PHEV is a next-generation full-size SUV with full-time 4WD. It is based on a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) system comprising a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged MIVEC 4 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a high-output motor and a high-capacity battery to deliver all-terrain performance truly worthy of an all-round SUV.”
Mitsubishi's growing commitment to plug-in vehicles, especially PHEVs, means that a vehicle similar to the Concept GC will most likely make it into production. We see the Concept GC evolving into a full-size plug-in SUV positioned well above, at least in terms of price, the automaker's current Outlander PHEV.
The Concept GC likely hints at the design direction of the next-gen Mitsu Pajero, which is due for replacement in 2014.
Mitsubishi says that the four-seat GC-PHEV concept is 30mm longer, 95mm wider and 80mm taller than the current Pajero.
As for what's under the "hood," Mitsubishi says the GC-PHEV's powertrain consists of a 250kW (335 hp) supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gas engine, a 70kW electric motor and a 12kWh battery installed under the floor.
Concept GC-PHEV Cutaway
Mitsubishi held one more PHEV concept debut in Tokyo and we caught that one, too. So, stay tuned for more live Mitsu reveal from the floor of the Tokyo Motor Show.