2016 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept

The new sport-utility edition named 2016 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept has been presented. The Pajero has been a very well regarded SUV but unfortunately Mitsubishi had to cut costs on developing a new model because they had to focus on other segments which were more profitable back then. This led to people turning to Toyota or even Lexus in some cases which made Mitsubishi lose a lot of its customer base. They plan on changing all of that with the release of a new Pajero, an all new model which would be able to compete with the most capable off-road cars today.

This may not be as easy as they first thought and despite the fact that they released the precursor for the Pajero with the 2016 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept car, many people were left wondering if the car will ever be made.

The concept is nothing more than a showcase of technology and it does not look like it will ever be made. It does feature a body-on-frame design and the powertrain is quite impressive but the lack of funding could terminate this project as well.

The Engine – predictions

Engine wise, the 2016 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept is quite special because it offers a hybrid powertrain which will likely be the only one in its class. The base is a 3 liter supercharged V6 petrol engine which churns out 335 horsepower and little over 350 lb-ft of torque. This is then mated to a 90 horsepower electric motor which is mounted between the gearbox and the petrol engine. This not only allows them to use the electric motor as a starter but it also means that it can be used to boost the power of the petrol engine or even run on electricity alone. This is done with the help of a 12 kWh battery pack which will suffice for around 25 miles of electric range.

Just like with any other true off-road car, the GC-PHEV uses an all wheel drive system with a transfer case, lockable differentials as well as a very efficient traction control system which should get it out of any situation it may encounter.

2016 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept
The Engine range
Transmission eight-speed auto
Horsepower @ RPM 355
MPG(Hwy) 35
Energy Supercharged
Displacement 3.0 L
0-60 time 6.5 sec.
Top Speed 125 mph (Est.)
Layout Front Engine; AWD

Design – Inside and Outside look

The design of the concept car is a bit too futuristic for our liking and even though it will never see production, it does tell us a few important details about the upcoming Pajero. The front end will be more rounded than before and it will get a more masculine look with beefier lines and a larger grille. The rear end on the other hand will get a slightly different route with sharp looking tail lights and a glass tailgate which has been rumored to be found on the production model as well.

The production model will also feature skid-plates in order to protect its hybrid powertrain as well as off-road inspired bumper that will allow for great approach and departure angles.

Inside view

The interior of the 2016 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept is quite minimalistic which is the trend with these concept cars. However, the production model will get an interior designed from scratch that will be aimed to compete not only with the Land Cruiser but also with all the other luxury offerings on the market. As standard it will come packed with features and safety upgrades and it should offer enough room for up to seven people in the base trim level while some versions could even be offered with up to eight seats.

2016 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept

If a new model will ever be released though, we expect it some time at the end of 2017, just in time to compete with the new models from the other manufacturers in this class. The price will likely be around $50,000 for a base model which may seem high but if the Japanese manufacturer manages to sort out the car until 2017 then we will have a really capable luxury SUV.

The biggest rivals are: Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and Lexus NX 300h.

2016 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept - interior

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