The study is previewing the next generation Outlander PHEV.

Following a preview earlier this month, Mitsubishi has officially taken the wraps off its Grand Tourer PHEV Concept at the Paris Motor Show. Teased for the first time back in July, the “high-end Japanese SUV coupé for a new automotive experience” serves as a sneak peak of the next generation Outlander, expected to arrive in the near future.

Mitsubishi GT PHEV concept
Mitsubishi GT PHEV concept

The study is the third prototype model to follow the “Form follows Function” design philosophy, after the Concept XR PHEV II from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and the eX Concept from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The design is dominated by the company’s Dynamic Shield front grille, which precisely manages the energy achieved by adaptive grille shutters that operate to reduce drag while optimally managing cooling of the PHEV system.

The side profile reveals muscular lines with horizontal hood and sharply sloping roofline, visually conveying “the idea of a solid and stable vehicle translating into a feeling of security for the driver and passengers.”

Mitsubishi GT PHEV concept

This time we can take a look at the interior too, which features a minimalistic layout. With this concept Mitsubishi is introducing what it calls a horizontal dashboard, which provides “a forward panoramic vision, creating an airy and open feel which will visually widen the interior space.” The dash extends to a massive center console, which accommodates the rotary shift and terrain selectors.

As announced before, the concept is powered by a new plug-in hybrid electric system, “specifically developed for a top-end all-round SUV.” The system includes a 2.5-liter petrol engine, supported by three electric motors, one fitted at the front and two at the rear, and a 25-kilowatthour high energy density, next-generation high-capacity battery package, mounted under the floor.

Mitsubishi engineers have improved the efficiency of the model by reducing the weight of the concept compared to the current production Outlander PHEV. Also, the drag reduction has been lowered through the use of the aforementioned automatic grille shutters, while the vehicle’s speed-sensitive adaptive suspension controls the ride height.

Check out the press release section below for more details.

Source: Mitsubishi

Photos: Mitsubishi

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