Mitsubishi appear dropped their Outlander PHEV down from the sky and it has landed in the ugle tree. If shock and awe is their tactic, they’re succeeding! The new Concept GC-PHEV was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show 2015 and aims to provide a glimpse at the brand’s new design language. While you can certainly say it is striking, it does appear to be a bit of a mish-mash of lines and curves with little coherency. It’s bound to win fans with such striking design as popular cars such as the Nissan Juke and BMW i3 capture a similar in-coherent blend to make a successful design and something that stands out from the crowd.
The Concept GC-PHEV features a powerful 335 horsepower supercharged MIVEC V-6 engine/electric motor, rather than the Outlander PHEV’s smaller 2-litre four cylinder. However, Mitsubishi have added their excellent plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain, and an 8-speed automatic transmission, Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) full-time all-wheel drive and advanced next-generation high-tech features.
A new technology incorporated in the Concept GC-PHEV is the Tactical Table, an innovative information system making connected car technology an interactive experience available to everyone inside the vehicle. When the driver or one of the passengers places their smartphone atop the Tactical Table, they can create, collect, exchange and share information with others using the Concept GC-PHEV’s communication system.
Additional technological features of the Concept GC-PHEV include advanced safety systems such as Mitsubishi Motors “Connected Car” Technology, AR Windshield, Pedestrian Collision Mitigating Auto-braking, Rearward Blind Spot Vehicle Warning, Unintentional Vehicle Move Off Control, Driver Monitor and more.
“We brought the Concept GC-PHEV to Chicago because it showcases into our future technology and design themes,” said MMNA Executive Vice President, Don Swearingen. “The Concept showcases aggressive styling and a level of refinement that will be coming to Mitsubishi vehicles. All of our 2016 model year vehicles will be refreshed with our new brand identity, starting with the 2016 Outlander, which will make its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show in April. The Concept GC-PHEV continues to tell the story we started telling at the LA Auto Show, and we think you’re going to like what is to come.”