Video: Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV – Foreshadows The Return Of The Montero, But With 25 Miles Of Range?
At the Tokyo Motor Show this year Mitsubishi debuted two concept plug-in vehicles.
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.
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):