Video: Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV – Foreshadows The Return Of The Montero, But With 25 Miles Of Range?

DEC 2 2013 BY JAY COLE 2

At the Tokyo Motor Show this year Mitsubishi debuted two concept plug-in vehicles.

We Caught The Mitsubishi Concept GC In Person This Year At The Tokyo Motor Show

We Caught The Mitsubishi Concept GC In Person This Year At The Tokyo Motor Show

The first was the Concept XR plug-in hybrid, which basically foreshadows the next Outlander – featuring an all-electric range of about 52 miles as well as a three-cylinder, turbocharged engine and a 120-kW electric motor.

The second, and the topic of the video above, looks to foreshadow another upcoming, much larger model for Mitsubishi.

The Concept GC-PHEV is a full-size SUV with full-time 4WD.

Mitsubishi says the GC-PHEV’s powertrain consists of a 335 hp (250 kW) supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gas engine, along with a 70kW electric motor and a 12 kWh battery installed under the floor.  Mitsu says it has a range of about 25 miles.

Concept GC-PHEV Cutaway

Concept GC-PHEV Cutaway

As Mitsubishi has recently upped its commitment to plug-in vehicles, the outgoing edition of the Mitsu Pajero (which US residents will relate to as the Montero – which exited the market in 2006) will likely be replaced with something very similar to the GC-PHEV around 2015.

Considering the amount of small, compact electric vehicles available worldwide right now, a full-size extended range SUV would be a welcome edition to the plug-in world.

Mitsubishi Concept GC Gallery (double click):

Additional Video Of Mitsu’s “other” Plug-In Concept XR (think new Outlander Plug-In Hybrid):

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2 Comments on "Video: Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV – Foreshadows The Return Of The Montero, But With 25 Miles Of Range?"

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The plug-in hybrid suv that offers 20+ ev miles and a 300+ mile total range is a good idea.

Which resolves the limited range/use issue of a full EV suv with the current less than 100 miles that Toyota is offering.

Unfortunately Mitsubishi has a habit of offering unattractive exterior designs, which continues to hinder Mitsubishi sales.

A robust AWD PHEV system could be a real winner for Mitsubishi. If they can use it across vehicle platforms, they could get a reputation that would be a combination of Toyota’s synergy drive (for fuel efficiency) and Subaru’s AWD (for all weather performance).