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  • Nov 21st 2013 at 12:20PM
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In desperate need of some competitive new products, Mitsubishi showed up at the Tokyo Motor Show with three concept vehicles. The most important of them might just be this fullsize Concept GC-PHEV (Grand Cruiser). With its full-time four-wheel-drive system and roughly the right package size, we can only hope it hints at a future design for the Pajero/Montero.

Longer, taller and wider than the current Pajero (which is still offered in other markets), the Concept GC-PHEV is a big SUV with a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain. A 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter supercharged V6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission are paired with a 94-hp electric motor and high-capacity battery to provide some serious brawn in a green wrapper. The result is targeted fuel consumption of 15 kilometers/liter on the Japanese cycle (around 35 miles per gallon) to go with an all-electric driving range of more than 25 miles.

Mitsubishi's styling team has arguably done a much better job with this Tokyo trio than we've seen from recent new products like the Outlander and Mirage, possibly suggesting a future design language for the automaker. In true concept car fashion, the design is Concept GC-PHEV is over the top, but it's not hard to imagine a vehicle of this size with similar cues gracing the Mitsubishi lineup at some point in the near future. Likewise, while the concept's interior only seats four, the sheer size of this vehicle could easily allow three rows of seats for a production model.

For more on the Grand Cruiser, check out some press information and a short video by scrolling down.
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Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV

The Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV blazes new trails with powerful driving performance thanks to its full-time 4WD Plug-in Hybrid EV System; excellent stability and road handling that S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) provides; and information power that an innovative human interface and Connected Car technology together bring. Offering the latest environmental performance, this vehicle empowers you to drive freely on the Earth while enjoying safety and peace of mind. Experience the reliability and satisfaction of driving the Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV.

EXTERIOR
A dynamic front face with SUV personality. A futuristic form that looks sculpted from a single block and wraps the vehicle with the strength to drive on any road.

INTERIOR
When you open the easy-access doors with no center pillar, the spacious cabin and futuristic interface catch your eye. Enter a progressive informational space that stimulates your adventurous heart. The door to a new driving experience is now opening.

CONNECTED "TACTICAL TABLE"
A large interface with a touch screen, sweeping wide through the center, collects information that passengers bring, information from the internet, and data accumulated by the vehicle itself, allowing the creation of original maps and driving plans that occupants can share as they connect with the world. The Connected Car possibilities expand from here.

AR WINDSHIELD
Vital driving information is displayed on the windshield to enhance navigation and warn of car distances and lane departures. A driving assist system that uses communication technology also enhances driving safety by notifying the driver with guidance and a warning when vehicles or pedestrians enter blind spots in intersections.
AR:Augmented Reality

NEW PHEV SYSTEM
The FR-type Plug-in Hybrid EV system effectively employs engine and motor power. The 3.0-liter V6 supercharged MIVEC engine is assisted by a 70kW high output motor that provides dynamic performance. This system realizes low energy consumption while achieving CO2 emissions under 100 g/km and supremely quiet operation.
SPECIFICATION : CONCEPT GC-PHEV

■Overall length / Overall width / Overall height (mm): 4930 / 1940 / 1980 ■Seating capacity: 4 ■Targeted hybrid fuel consumption: 15 km/L or more ■Targeted EV cruising distance: 40 km or more ■Engine type: 3.0-liter V6 supercharged MIVEC engine / Max. output: 250 kW / Fuel type: Gasoline ■Motor: Max. output: 70 kW ■Total battery electric power: 12 kWh ■Wheel drive: Full-time 4WD ■Transmission: 8-speed automatic


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      CS Boy
      • 1 Year Ago
      they need to bring back the montero. they look like tanks and had a strong stance.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well its a very early concept, so its still far away from the final look. But i can see where theyre going with that juke/picasso front end, which looks cool.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe that's called the Mitsubishi Outlandish.
      typhoon5000
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the video, it sounds like they stole the Diva from Fifth Element as the opera singer.
      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi. Stop. Just stop. You're hurting me and everyone else. If you want to rejuvenate your brand you need attractive designs. These are not attractive. Start over. Make "attractive" your watch word and battle cry. Make it your overarching goal. Ask yourself, when you look at the sketches, "Is this car attractive" before you spend the millions of dollars to create a concept of it. For the love of God, it's not that hard. Watching you as a company try to entice the various car buyers of the world with these uninspired and lackluster proposals just makes me sad. It makes us all sad. Sadness is not the emotion you are trying to evoke.
        Brad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Muttons
        While all cars need to look attractive what Mitsubishi is truelly missing is the driving excitement. mitsu used to be known as the sporty cars and their cars were fun to drive. not anymore sadly. they need to go back to their roots and fast before its too late
      redssstew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thats just not good looking at all!
      The Friendly Grizzly
      I looked and asked myself "What are they thinking?" Then I removed one word and asked again: "Are they thinking?"
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Friendly Grizzly
        I actually laughed when I scrolled down the page to this image. I thought Mitsubishi couldn't go further off the deep end, but I suppose I just lacked imagination.
      cantdrive55
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi is still around?
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      good god who let that out of the 6-year old's drawing room? Wow the Japanese really need to take classes on car design. Hint: talk to some Brits and Italians to get an idea....
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChaosphereIX
        Maybe, but the Brits and Italians need Zen Buddhist style training from the Japanese on build quality and reliability.
          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GR
          Reliability is a myth? OK, I guess you like riding the bus time to time. I don't. While it's true that cars from all brands are better now than before (mostly domestics and Koreans cars that vastly improved), there is still quite a margin. Interestingly, British and Italian brands have and have had the worst reliability for decades. Mini, Jaguar, and Land Rover all rank pretty low consistently yet are relatively expensive compared to their rivals. Build quality. You need to understand that this is an aspect different from material quality or fit & finish. Bentleys are expensive and use fine materials, but are known to break down. Also, thanks for bringing up Ferrari. They were notorious for poor build quality. They made their name in performance, but reliability and build quality were quite poor. So poor that many critics have stated each car is quite different because they don't have a uniform build quality. When the Honda NSX came out, it proved that an exotic can be reliable and used everyday instead of in a shop half the time. It was the first exotic-class car that owners could drive over 100,000 miles without major issues. Lamborghini models run now mainly thanks to German ownership that breathes down their necks making sure they don't build the unreliable crap they used to. They had a worse reputation than Ferrari in reliability and build quality. The Germans had to set them straight. My point is that it's sad when a car like a Yaris has both the empirical and statistical data to prove it's more reliable than a Jaguar XJ or Land Rover LR4. The Japanese don't even try and it's reliable.
          ChaosphereIX
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GR
          reliability is a myth - all modern vehicles are reliable when taken into account what cars were like even 10 years ago. and build quality? Tell that to Bentley/Rolls/Ferrari etc. And if it squeaks, you are not revving the engine enough to compensate...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChaosphereIX
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          Brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          How was that racist? He was just saying he doesn't like Japanese designs. It's just a damn opinion...
          Brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          I figured that out pretty quickly, and it's truly funny to see his responses to some of your posts.
          Brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          I kind of like this though. Its different.
      SteveG
      • 1 Year Ago
      A car should not be 50% hood. It should also not look like it would tip over in a breeze.
        foxtrot685
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SteveG
        Production Monteros even look like that. They are very tall with smallish wheels and low belt lines. It looks like Mitsubishi wants to keep that trend going with the next gen model.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @foxtrot685
          [blocked]
      drewpy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lolwut? O_o
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