Mitsubishi Teases GR-HEV Hybrid Truck Concept

Two things that we do not see often enough these days; Compact pickups and hybrid pickups. While the latter was never taken seriously by automakers, the former was once a robust vehicle market. In the 80s and early 90s, the small truck was king, and we miss it. So does Mitsubishi, apparently. To that end, the Japanese automaker has announced the GR-HEV concept. It is the first genuine attempt at a 1-ton, hybrid pickup truck. Consider us intrigued. Previous attempts at hybrid trucks and SUVs have been laughable means of placating the eco-conscious, such as the Ram 1500 Hybrid and Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid. These vehicles were mild hybrids with electric add-ons to the standard powertrain. The GR-HEV features a clean diesel engine, combined with electric motors. It can run in pure electric or combined hybrid driving modes, and has traction via full-time four-wheel drive and Mitsubishi's Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC). Though selected specs have been launched out onto the web, a clean shot of the truck has not. Given the timing, we're inclined to suggest that this vehicle will be fully unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. Let us hope that this vehicle is not just vaporware, and that a production model hits the streets in the future. It could be the perfect pickup for the next decade. PHOTOS: See more Mitsubishi cars