Mitsubishi displayed the GC PHEV concept for the first time in North America at 2015 Chicago Auto Show in February saying that it will form the basis for a new large SUV, which should be the next-gen Montero/Pajero. The plug-in hybrid crossover concept’s powertrain consists of a 250 kW (335 hp) supercharged 3.0-liter V6 supercharged MIVEC petrol engine, a 70 kW electric motor and a 12 kWh battery installed under the floor. The powertrain is matched to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The full-time 4WD concept PHEV has a pure-electric driving range of around 40 km.
The company is now studying a large crossover and is nearing a decision, says a new report from AutoGuide. The U.S. launch of this large crossover has not yet been decided, but it will be, by October 2015, adds the report.
Over time, the company has made it loud and clear that it will focus only on profitable segments and plug-in hybrid vehicles. This means that the new large crossover will also get a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The company is likely to continue using Montero/Pajero moniker for the new large crossover to gain instant recognition and confidence among the customers. In this case, the crossover will be the fifth-generation Montero/Pajero.