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This is the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept that will make its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show later this month. The “high-end next-generation SUV” showcases MMC’s latest design language as well as the company’s own plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) system using triple motors. Also touted is the SUV specialist’s all-wheel control tech.

The GT-PHEV Concept’s front end wears Mitsubishi’s now familiar “Dynamic Shield” mask, and the big SUV’s overall design projects the image of a “Ground Tourer”, emblazoned on the rear end and explained as a car made for cruising across a vast land, expressing “Functional Beauty, Augmented Possibility, Sculptured Dynamism and Japanese Craftsmanship.”

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The showcar uses horizontal lines to convey high-end SUV styling and vehicle stability, MMC says. They tried to create the impression that the car had been carved from a single ingot of steel.

Inside, the GT-PHEV uses a horizontal cockpit-style dashboard that creates a spacious ambiance, but also wraps around its occupants. There is also generous use of Burgundy leather trim, colour coordinated with the exterior roof panel.

MMC’s triple-motor PHEV system comprises a next-gen high-capacity drive battery package, three high-output and high-efficiency motors and a specially designed engine featuring improved electricity generation performance and motive performance, Mitsubishi says. There’s an electric-only range of 120 km and a combined hybrid cruising range of over 1,200 km.

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The three motors – one front, two rear – works together with full-time 4WD and MMC’s own Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system, bringing “new levels of handling stability.”

Connected car technology feeds back route information as well as weather and road surface data to the car, which uses it to manage energy consumption such as electricity consumption and fuel economy as well as to provide AWC that’s best-suited to the situation. This as the new Pajero, anyone?