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Mitsubishi puts plug-in hybrid technology at heart of new SUV concepts

The line-up will include the GC-PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle). With GC standing for Grand Cruiser, the concept shows the possible direction for a replacement to the Shogun and offers strong environmental credentials with its high output PHEV system as well as superior handling and all-terrain capability thanks to MMC's S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control). The concept also previews the brand’s take on "connected" technology with a next-generation preventive safety system and driver support technology through wireless connectivity.

Also utilising Mitsubishi’s PHEV system is the XR-PHEV. With XR standing for “Crossover Runner”, this Evoque-rivalling compact SUV offers dramatically enhanced environmental performance thanks to a lightweight and highly efficient PHEV system along with nimble drivability and a body style resembling a sport coupe, according to the brand.

The brand will also be showing some of its future plans for ICE engines with its AR (“Active Runabout) next-generation compact MPV concept. This is intended to combine the mobility of an SUV and the space of an MPV and uses the latest fuel efficiency technologies including the use of a down-sized direct-injection turbocharged engine. 

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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