By on February 12, 2015


A preview of things to come for a full-size crossover, the Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV bowed at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

The concept not only demonstrates the design language that is expected for the production-ready full-size crossover to come, but also hints at what might be on-board when the real deal finally hits the showroom.

Power for the Concept GC-PHEV is a supercharged 3-liter V6 mated to an eight-speed auto, and paired an electric motor powered by a 12-kWh lithium-ion pack. Total output is 355 horsepower, which is carried to all four corners via the crossover’s full-time AWD. Fuel economy is projected to be 35 mpg — the specific category wasn’t mentioned — and can go up to 25 miles on its electric motor alone.

Should a disaster not involving EMPs occur, Mitsubishi says the Concept GC-PHEV generates 1,500 watts of electricity when both battery and fuel tank are fully replenished, enough for nearly two weeks of emergency power for an average household.

Other features include: four bucket seats; a “Tactical Table” console touchscreen that allows smartphones to access its features via wireless induction; augmented-reality HUD; lane-departure; and adaptive cruise control.

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19 Comments on “Chicago 2015: Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV Revealed...”

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    Asian struggle, part four.

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    You know those really stereotypical-racist-Disney Siamese cats in the Lady and the Tramp movie? Bingo.

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    That’s about as fullsize as my compact 1st gen S10, and isn’t half as good looking.

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    Looks like a life-size Hot Wheels™, and not a very desirable one at that.

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    A car uglier than the Pontiac Aztec
    Someone was drunk when they designed this car……….

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    Mitsubishi’s got one more shot, maybe. I’m surprised they went with a hybrid truck, since like, the Highlander exists.

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    When I saw that picture the first thing that came to mind was Brian from Family Guy’s head.

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    If you can’t beat ’em, out-uglify ’em!

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    If one of these and a Lexus NX had a head-on collision, which one would be most improved by the experience?

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    I’ll admit this thing has some strange lines and some unusual features–enough to make it intriguing. The design of the front end, when seen at an angle like the top photo, has a very retro look that seems based on some of the ’40s big coupes and sedans or even a very early ’50s panel truck. That “Tactical Table” center piece also seems interesting, but might be a poor design if the driver or passenger decides to use it as an arm rest. Still, this may be one to watch.

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    an innocent man


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    I am obviously in the minority, but I will go ahead and disagree. This looks interesting, different, bold. Looks especially good from the side. I am sure it will be softened a bit for production if Mitsu decides to go this route, but it looks like an SUV (perhaps a little hotwheelish), but still an SUV, not like all the forgettable ovoid bloatmobiles that are the current norm.

    Keep in mind the Juke and even the new Cherokee. They hurt your eyes at first, but they find buyers. I think this could find a nice niche especially if they gave it some serious off road cred. Just saying it doesn’t have to be beautiful to find an audience. With its current place in the automotive food chain, Mitsubishi isn’t going to compete with yet another pill shaped wagon on stilts.

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    Gadzooks! Oink, oink. Whoa, Neddy! Dorkus Maximus. You’re frightening the children!

    Proportion and form – missing in action.

    But, compared to the Cube which I literally cannot gaze upon from certain angles it’s so misbent, I can at least chuckle at this thing. Hope there are airbags in the tactical table or you’re a goner if somebody T-bones you. Ooh Ow, my aching ribs!

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    Is this the power train I can expect in the future EVO replacement?

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    Well…that’s not a Montero.

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    The steering wheel is on the wrong side.

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    Toy Maker

    It’s the Homer of SUVs!

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    I agree with Vulpine, they nailed the side-profile and the overall “real SUV” shape is awesome to see return. I like the headlights/grill, but the black bumper/chrome guard combo below looks like an utter mess. The rear looks like it was a good idea once, but just doesn’t have the right execution. Try again.

    Mitsu lost an opportunity by making it overly concept car. A more realistic interior and better front-end would’ve probably got more attention.

    Compared to the utterly boring Traverse, Pathfinder and CX-9, etc. this Montero 2.0 could find a home. I think the market is pretty set in stone, especially for Mitsu of all players, but 35 mpg, 355hp, full-time AWD and an 8-speed would make conservative consumers at least read a review or two, think about it privately.

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