Mitsubishi presents the GT PHEV Concept for the Paris Motor Show

After Nissan bought Mitsubishi, many must have asked what would be the future for many of the latter most iconic models. What about the Lancer Evolution? And the Pajero, would it survive? The fact is that Mitsubishi will make a huge statement at the Paris Motor Show regarding the future of its big SUV. At least if we can take the GT PHEV Concept as a predecessor for the next generation Pajero. And many things tell us that it is.

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Mitsubishi has not disclosed its dimensions, but the GT PHEV looks as big as the Pajero. And it is a plugin hybrid with an amazing range: 120 km of electric-only running distance and a combined range of more than 1,200 km. GT stands for Ground Tourer, a statement towards its off-road. Just like the current Pajero.

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Being a plugin hybrid will help the mammoth pass increasingly higher emission demands. And it has 3 electric motors, 1 for the front axle and 2 for the rear. That arrangement also tell us that Mitsubishi wants it to be an off-roader. The GT PHEV will have full-time 4WD and S-AWC, or Super All Wheel Control. We also believe these engines will bring torque vectoring to the SUV.

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In an effort to be even more fuel-efficient, the GT PHEV will use route information (not only on road surface, but also on altitude and weather conditions) in order to manage energy consumption (whether fuel or battery charge) in the best way possible.

We do not know if these features and the design of the GT PHEV will make it into a production vehicle. In case they do, we strongly believe them to be in the next generation Pajero, one of the most competent Ground Tourers of the world.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.