Developed as part of a joint venture between Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) and GAC Mitsubishi Motors (GMMC), the new Mitsubishi Eupheme is set to go on sale in China from March this year. The Eupheme is a plug-in hybrid SUV that has a base price of around US$33,000 (RM129,525), and will be made available in five key cities – Changsha, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Tianjin – initially.

The two-wheel drive powertrain is made up of a 1.5 litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine rated at 95 hp at 5,500 rpm and 120 Nm of torque from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. Hybridisation comes in the form GAC’s G-MC electromechanical coupling system, which features a 130 kW (174 hp)/300 Nm electric motor.

A liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack supplies power to the electric motor, and can be charged via a dedicated port. The plug-in hybrid system also comes with a number of drive modes, including a default Eco as well as Save, Charge and EV only. The Eupheme is claimed to offer up to 600 km of cruising range, and a fuel consumption of as low as 1.8 l/100 km.

In terms of dimensions, the Eupheme measures 4,510 mm long, 1,852 mm wide and 1,708 mm tall and has a 2,650 mm wheelbase. The SUV also comes with a ground clearance of 150 mm, and has a curb weight of 1,760 kg.

Equipment-wise, the SUV comes with 18-inch wheels (shod with 215/55 profile tyres), six airbags, halogen projector headlights, LED combination taillights, digital instrument cluster, six-way powered driver seat, leather upholstery, single-zone automatic air-conditioning, touchscreen infotainment system and T-Box telematics system.