Mitsubishi CA-MiEV teaser - shadowy front endMitsubishi has a long history of tidy little pickup trucks, and the Japanese automaker is apparently looking to extend that heritage in a bolder, bigger way with the Concept GR-HEV, a "sport utility hybrid truck."

The future-think show star, slated to be unveiled at next month's Geneva Motor Show, is actually tipped to be a much larger effort – Mitsubishi says it's applying its hybrid technology to a one-ton truck for the first time. The GR-HEV is powered by a complex powertrain composed of a diesel engine and electric motors, which the company believes is better suited to the sort of heavy-duty work required in the segment. The concept also employs full-time four-wheel drive and a development of Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control system (which governs things like stability and brake force control along with an active center differential) as seen on the production Lancer Evolution.

In related news, Mitsubishi has also confirmed that it will show a next-generation electric showcar at Geneva dubbed Concept CA-MiEV. With this new concept (inset photo), the company says it is looking to build on the learnings of its i citycar and take EVs out of their limited urban roles. To that end, the CA-MiEV boasts "next generation EV systems and high density batteries" that give it a range of 186 miles.

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Ever since it started research and development on electro-mobility back in 1966, today's Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) always believed that electric vehicles (EV) would eventually become long-term core products – a view vindicated by recent concerns over global warming.

From the pioneering i-MiEV in 2009 and a self-imposed objective of 20% of EV-based cars by 2020, MMC has already made significant steps in this direction as demonstrated with the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and its most innovative "Dual Design" architecture.

Expanding further, Mitsubishi Motors now explores the full electro-mobility engineering palette – Pure Electric (EV), Hybrid Electric (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric (PHEV) - hinted at through two concept cars world-premiered at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, next to the New Outlander PHEV.

In parallel, taking a global view of the automotive market, MMC is committed to the development of global architectures that could serve customer needs and requirements in both mature and emerging markets, avoiding engineering compromises.

Concept GR-HEV – The Sport Utility Hybrid Truck

If electric vehicles are to have a significant impact on the environment, they should be able to attract a wide spectrum of customers with a full palette of EV-based vehicles across the range, from small run-a-bouts to big SUVs, each using a dedicated application of the technology (EV, HEV or PHEV).

In this respect, all-new Outlander PHEV has already proved that EV powertrain and long-haul D-Segment crossovers are perfectly compatible.

At MMC the next logical step will be to expand further, adapting electric componentry to the demands of an even larger, tougher, sportier vehicle with both work and leisure in mind in either mature or emerging markets - Such was the brief behind Concept GR-HEV, Mitsubishi Motors' take at Hybrid (HEV) technology, applied for the first time to a one-tonne pickup truck.

With the creation of a next "Dual Design" vehicle, Mitsubishi Motors introduces an all-new exclusive HEV solution, featuring a Clean Diesel engine and electric motors. Simpler and more affordable than either EV or PHEV, HEV is deemed best suited to the heavy-duty daily requirements of pickup truck users.

Concept GR-HEValso uses Mitsubishi's renowned full-time 4WD technology, featuring Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system driveline to deliver high stability traction and driving performance under all road conditions.

Chunky, rugged, handsome and eminently usable, this conceptual 4WD Sport Utility HEV Truck was developed with an ambitious target for CO2 emissions below 149 g/km, far better than the segment average.

Concept CA-MiEV – The Suburban EV

Supported by three years of i-MiEV global customer feedback as well as continuous progress in battery technology and electric drivetrain, MMC now considers taking pure EVs beyond a mostly urban environment with a next generation compact EV.

As a showcase of the various technologies, MMC intends to introduce across its range of global vehicles, this sleek Concept CA-MiEV vehicle which can accommodate next generation EV systems and high density batteries. Lightweight with advanced aerodynamics, the CA-MiEV will offer a 300 km driving range, perfectly suited for suburban and country daily life.

Further innovative real-life features include magnetic resonance wireless charging technology, smartphone activated functions.

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      And much more on the Outlander plug in: Some highlights: Sells in the Netherlands for less than the Ampera - a European version of the Volt. Maximum EV cruising speed now 75mph, up from the 62mph of the prototype. Likely real EV range ~25 miles. The battery can be used to provide emergency power, run power tools etc. Due for release in the US Jan 2014 - complying with US regulations will take time. For the battery Mitsubishi reckon it can be charged twice a day for 10 years before it starts loosing significant capacity. I am really, really hopeful that this means that they are using the wonderful Toshiba SCiB instead of the GS Yuasa, which would also mean that it has superb low and high temperature performance. Ten years at 2 charges a day is 7,300 cycles, and unless Mitsubishi have done wonders with the cooling system then that sounds like the Toshiba.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        I have mixed feelings about this. It's everything I want, it will probably be priced right, and the warranty is phenomenal. The problem is that I fear Mitsubishi won't be long in the US market. Also the nearest dealer is pretty damn far away. Then you have the VW CrossBlue concept. It is rumored to be coming in 2015, I'm not worried about VW leaving the USA, and I have a VW dealer that is walking distance from my house. Rumored price is $32k. Of course, it's not real yet, and the Mitsubishi is.
      Levine Levine
      • 2 Years Ago
      For decades Mitsubishi has been the Rodney Dangerfield of Japanese car manufactures. Honda, Toyota, and even NIssan frown upon Mitsubishi\'s vehicles for their lack of innovation, quality, and style. Perhaps with this proposed diesel hybrid pickup truck going to production, Mitsubishi will finally get some \"respect.\"
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm all for it! Don't know why diesel hybrids aren't utilized more, throw the new hybrid motor in the jetta and replace the gas motor to the TDI... Wounder what MPGs? I would buy a TDI/ Hybrid Touareg in a second enough torque to pull a good size boat while getting around 40mpgs! But, this is about Mitsubishi, if this can compete against the Tacoma and provide excellent MPGs and off-road capabilities; this vehicle would replace my future Wrangler diesel.
        MTN RANGER
        • 2 Years Ago
        Volvo has a diesel PHEV and it costs over $60k. Diesel + hybrid = expensive.
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      A diesel/hybrid pickup may not be a bad route back to relevance for Mitsubishi. I'm rooting for them on this one!
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      Looks like another Avalanche knock-off.
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      Wait... thats not a SAAB?
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      Cool people
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      Recessed tail light are novel. Mitzi is hard to luv,but a new light weight El CaminoMitZI would be cool
      • 2 Years Ago
      woot, Go for it mitsu, Nissan would love to have its worst pickup title stolen in such an over the top manner
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