Chicago Auto Show 2015: Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept

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What Is It?

They can call it “GC-PHEV” but it’s really foreshadowing the the return of one of the most legendary Japanese SUVs in history. It’s been since 2006 that the Montero has been missing, so the prospect of a new one is pretty exciting.

Why Should You Care?

Aside from the nostalgia value of a nameplate that conquered the Paris-Dakar rally, it’s the first really interesting debut for Mitsubishi since its self-imposed pseudo-exile during the economic meltdown. Concept_GC_PHEV_2

Concept GC-PHEV (“Grand Cruiser”) is a futuristic next-generation full-size crossover that combines the capability and energy efficiency of a dynamic plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain in a muscular-looking yet highly refined vehicle.


The Concept features a supercharged V-6 engine paired with a high-output electric motor/high-capacity lithium-ion battery, a sophisticated 8-speed automatic transmission and Mitsubishi Motors’ advanced full-time Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive.


The Concept GC-PHEV’s plug-in electric vehicle drivetrain features a high-capacity main drive lithium-ion battery pack that can act as a mobile power source. The 100 volt AC onboard electrical outlet can deliver up to 1500 watts of electrical energy, ideal for acting as an emergency power source for home appliances in the event of a power outage.


When Does It Go On Sale?

This is a pure concept right now, so it’s not going on sale.

Craig Fitzgerald

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