Mitsubishi is breaking down barriers with its latest model, the Grand Cruiser Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle—just call it the GC-PHEV for short. This hybrid crossover has some cool new features, besides a name that’ll take the wind out of you. A futuristic design, advanced power system, and the new “tactical table” make this one SUV you won’t forget.
According to Car and Driver, the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept is being considered for production sometime in the near future. With a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and a 94-hp electric motor, it’s one of the quickest SUVs around. It also features Super All-Wheel Control, which has electronic differentials and energy recovery systems.
The new hybrid electric system is incredibly advanced. It includes a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery which, when mated to the rest of the system, has enough energy to power a household for 13 days. In fact, the GC-PHEV can go 25 miles on pure electricity, meaning short trips are virtually free.
The new model also has a “tactical table,” taken straight from the interior design of the Millennium Falcon. This table is a blue-lit touch-screen in the back that lets passengers hook up to their phones or to Wi-Fi and play around. This is just one of the innovative new features on the GC-PHEV that make it the most advanced SUV around.
The Mitsubishi Montero is an oldie-but-goodie. Mitsubishi’s rugged and capable SUV was sold in the US from 1983 through the 2006 model year, and has kept us hanging since then. Now, in an exciting twist, Mitsubishi has revealed a teaser image for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, which features the shadow of an SUV and the words “The Return of a Legend.” The first thing that comes to mind: the Montero.
The teaser image shows the SUV in the distance, climbing sand dunes. If the image is any indication of the big reveal to come at the Chicago Auto show, we’d expect a rugged SUV with an upright profile – likely bigger than both the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Outlander Sport crossover.
A new Mitsubishi Montero debut would be a welcome surprise, though not completely unexpected, thanks to a number of reports and Mitsubishi concepts previewing the SUV. Additionally, low gas prices and demand for rugged, spacious, and capable vehicles could make the Montero a home run for Mitsubishi.
Stay tuned for more information as we get it from the Chicago Auto Show!
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Mitsubishi has raised the bar for electric vehicles, showcasing just how convenient and helpful they can be, with its Outlander PHEV – an electric vehicle that can essentially be used as a giant battery to power a home in a power outage.
Multiple automakers have been dabbling in this kind of capability, such as Toyota, but Mitsubishi is claiming that the Outlander PHEV is the first plug-in electric vehicle in the world to be successful with the idea. Hopefully this will set the standard for all electric cars in the future.
So far, Mitsubishi has only officially declared the Outlander PHEV to power Japanese homes in the event of an emergency, and not for homeowners to rely on their electric vehicles regularly for power.
The program that enables this capability, SMART V2H (Vehicle-to-Home), is available for multiple Mitsubishi models and will likely expand over its catalog over time. Hopefully, Americans will eventually be able to power homes with electric cars too.
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