You’re looking at the Mitsubishi GR-HEV Concept Sport Utility Hybrid Truck that is currently being shown at Geneva. The official line is that MMC is proving that its electric vehicle tech can be adapted to a truck, after doing so on an SUV with the Outlander PHEV. But one can also see this as a preview of how the next Triton pick-up truck will look like.
“Rugged, handsome and eminently usable, this 4WD Sport Utility HEV Truck show car was developed as a conceptual successor to a long line of one-tonne Mitsubishi Motors pickup trucks – from the original 1978 Mitsubishi L200,” reads the press release.
Under the hood is an all-new proprietary Hybrid EV (HEV) solution, featuring a 2.5 litre Mitsubishi Clean Diesel engine and a front-mounted electric motor, powered by a battery pack located and protected within the truck’s ladder frame – further protection being provided by cross guard bars.
MMC says that the electric motor helps the diesel engine in a few areas – instant low end response, high-end torque, quieter acceleration/high-speed cruising and lower emissions.
The combo can also provide electric power on demand with available AC supply (100V to 240V), to replace a generator or to allow the use of a 100V winch for instance, as well as the ability to drive in pure-electric mode over short distances.
The Mitsubishi GR-HEV Concept also uses the brand’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system to deliver high stability traction and driving performance under all conditions. This HEV-dedicated driveline uses S-AWC to tailor output and braking to each wheel for every drive mode, whether in 2L, 4H, 4HL or 4LL.
Looks very futuristic, but also unmistakeably Triton. Like what you see?