Mitsubishi to premiere new-generation SUV concept
September 30, 2016
The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept is designed to inspire a sense of adventure in drivers and passengers alike through its ability to seamlessly adapt to any weather and road conditions with superior road-holding and grip. The advanced technology in Mitsubishi GT-PHEV allows drivers to venture further than ever before.
MMC has created a new design based on its philosophy of Form Follows Function, which has evolved from Mitsubishi’s heritage.
Just like the XR-PHEVII Concept and eX Concept, the GT-PHEV Concept employs the newest version of the company’s distinctive Dynamic Shield front design.
The design is characterized by the area in the centre of the fascia that symbolizes the powertrain’s dynamic properties and a protective “shield” shape that embraces the fascia from three directions. The leading section of the fenders – which wrap from the sides into the fascia – and skid plate styling form the key elements.
Dynamic Shield is also designed to evoke a strong sense of protection for the vehicle and its occupants.
GT-PHEV Concept’s interior design creates a comfortable and upmarket, yet highly functional, interior space with a horizontal dashboard configuration. The horizontal instrument panel layout provides a spacious cabin and makes it easier for the driver to take in the surrounding environment.
The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept uses four design elements – Functional Beauty, Augmented Possibility, Sculptured Dynamism and Japanese Craftsmanship – to deliver a design concept for a high-end, next-generation SUV.
The GT-PHEV Concept’s exterior optimises the Dynamic Shield front design. It employs an aggressive front fascia to project the GT-PHEV’s strong presence and impressive size. The blacked-out grille is highlighted by intricately-worked chrome grille shutters and a Piano Black upper section to symbolise the performance of its advanced PHEV system.
The design also conveys the GT-PHEV Concept’s purpose as a long-distance tourer through practical details like the adaptive grille shutters, which serve the function of reducing air drag. Meanwhile, practical additions like a rubber bumper underside have the primary function of protecting the vehicle from damage.
The headlamp units are divided vertically to enhance vehicle safety. The upper half houses day time running lamps and turn signals to make them more visible to pedestrians. Headlights are position in the lower half to prevent them from blinding oncoming vehicles or pedestrians. Intricate styling of the lamp units enhances the GT-PHEV Concept’s advanced design and upmarket styling.
In the side view, the horizontal hood, roof and character lines visually convey a sense of high quality and vehicle stability.
The body has an ingot-like surface composition, keenly chamfered surface treatment and muscular lines that run into the rear fenders to reflect MMC’s element of Sculptured Dynamism.
The highly-intense White Metallic finish enhances its overall form.
The floating roof design is inspired by a cabriolet or drophead coupe’s soft top and uses a burgundy roof finish that co-ordinates with the interior.
It also has a curved cross-section which is sharply truncated at its trailing edge. Along with the distinctive C-pillar with an airplane tailfin-like motif, these features create a crisp, agile and sporty appearance. The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept’s upmarket looks are further enhanced by chrome garnish running from the Dynamic Shield front, along the body sides to the rear and the concept’s chrome beltline molding trim.
In the rear view, the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept uses combination lamp units that stretch across the width of the tail in a single line. This styling element and the edgy bumper treatment, give the rear end a broad and solid look. The stop, turn and reverse multiple indicator lights and reflectors are set vertically in the combination lamp units, which use a fusion of edge and tube elements to create distinctive light emission characteristics and give the rear a futuristic appearance. The underside centre of the bumper uses a skid plate treatment and the same rubber coating used in the front bumper and sides.
The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept rides on large-diameter alloy wheels featuring a five double spoke pattern, which share the same ingot-carved three dimensional look as the body.
The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept sports an upmarket interior that expresses SUV functionality, gives consideration to switch and control ergonomics and uses a classy and sporty trim colour scheme.
The horizontal dashboard provides excellent forward vision and creates an airy and open feel, while its chrome pinstripe accenting assists the driver in intuitively sensing changes in vehicle attitude when driving off road.
The integral dashboard and console appears to embrace the occupants, making for a comfortable and welcoming cabin space. The shift and terrain selectors use a rotary design that makes them easier to operate when driving off road and the other controls are finished in silver to make them easier to locate.
The centrally-located instrument cluster uses an intelligent display that provides vehicle and engine speed, energy flow and other basic information. The display can be switched to navigation mode that connects to information networks to provide route information and information on entertainment available at the destination.
Monitors on either side of the cluster use cameras and serve as side mirrors to show the rear side views behind the vehicle. A head-up-display at the bottom of the windscreen presents vehicle speed and the minimum navigational data required, improving safety by reducing the need for the driver to take their eyes off the road.
The interior uses a Burgundy/Black two-tone colour scheme. Dashboard, console, door trim and seat upholstery are finished with genuine leather. Attention to detailing extends to the silver accent stitching that is coordinated with the controls and switches.
MMC is evolving its high-mobility and versatile SUV models with its industry-leading electric and all-wheel control technologies to make them even more attractive.
The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept utilizes MMC’s advanced and proprietary PHEV system using triple motors together with connected car technology to extract maximum performance.
This concept car is intended to inspire a sense of adventure in drivers as they venture further than ever before.
The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept uses a PHEV system that is in-line with a top-end next-generation SUV.
The 25kWh high-energy density, next-generation high-capacity battery package is mounted under the floor. The triple-motor system uses three high-output and high-efficiency motors integrated with SiC*4 frequency inverters, one fitted at the front and two at the rear. This extends the speed range in which the car is driven by the motors alone.
The use of a 2.4L engine delivers high thermal efficiency when generating power in Series Mode along with improved fuel efficiency and motive performance when the engine is running in
Parallel Mode. In addition the two-speed transaxle provides high fuel efficiency when at freeway speeds and improved acceleration when climbing steep hills or overtaking.
The efficiency of the PHEV system has been improved for the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept. It makes active use of other low fuel consumption technologies, including drag reduction through the use of grille shutters and of vehicle speed-sensitive adaptive suspension that controls ride height. As a result, the concept car achieves an electric-only range of 120km and a total cruising range of over 1,200km with a full fuel tank and fully-charged battery.
*4: Silicon carbide
The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept uses a sophisticated four-wheel drive system for its “ground tourer” concept for effortless cruising. Electric motive power is supplied to the front wheels by a single 90kW motor. The rear wheels are powered by two 45kW motors in its high-output, high-efficiency, full-time triple motor four-wheel drive powertrain.
The powertrain also employs MMC’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system. Comprising the limited-slip AFD*5, which actively controls torque split between the front wheels, AYC*6 which controls yaw moment through output controls by two motors, four-wheel braking force, and ASC*7 which controls motor output, S-AWC brings dramatic improvements to the car’s acceleration, cornering and braking.
The triple-motor full-time four-wheel drive powertrain sees a significant improvement in front and rear wheel torque response. With the electric vehicle’s inherent characteristic of developing maximum torque from standstill, the powertrain delivers exhilarating performance. The AFD regulates front drive torque to improve driving performance. It also improves vehicle stability by suppressing wheel spin and transmission of effective traction on dirt roads, snow-covered and other slippery surfaces.
The AYC regulates the output of the two rear motors and generates a torque differential between the rear wheels as required by conditions. This actively controls a yaw moment that improves cornering capability and also helps to create a level of agile handling that belies its size. When one wheel starts to lose grip and cannot transmit traction properly to the road surface, the AYC can generate a torque band exceeding that from a single motor at the other wheel to maintain and further improve traction performance.
When the system detects any instability in vehicle behaviour, the braking force at each wheel, and motor and engine output to stabilise the body attitude and ensure confident handling and driving stability.
Through four-wheel drive control technologies, the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept allows the driver to accelerate, corner and brake with confidence thanks to outstanding vehicle stability.
*5: Active Front Differential. Electronic front limited slip differential: Controls drive torque split by using an electronic clutch to limit the speed differential between the front wheels.
*6: Active Yaw Control. A system that uses steering angle, yaw rate, drive torque, braking force and other sensor data to accurately determine driver input and vehicle behaviour and where necessary transfers drive and braking force between left and right rear wheels to assist the vehicle in behaving as the driver intends.
*7: Active Stability Control. A system that helps control instability in vehicle behaviour caused by slippery surface conditions or sudden driver inputs.
Connected Car Technology
By making good use of information obtained through telecommunication and in-car sensors and cameras, the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept takes the environmental performance of the PHEV system as well as the triple-motor, full-time four-wheel drive powertrain’s dynamic performance to new levels. As a result, the driver enjoys greater confidence behind the wheel.
As an illustration, when the driver enters the destination into the on-board navigation system, not only does the connected car technology search for information about the weather, temperature, topography, roads and surface conditions expected en-route, but also it plots the optimal energy management for the trip as well as engages the integrated four-wheel drive control system. This contributes to meticulous energy management for stress-free driving.
By regulating suspension damping when rough surfaces are encountered, it always provides the optimal ride and achieves new levels of relaxed and safer driving