Yet another SUV concept from Mitsu, once again with a plug-in hybrid electric setup.
Through this teaser, Mitsubishi is telling the whole world it has plans to unveil a new SUV concept at the Paris Motor Show in early October. It’s going to serve as a follow-up to the XR PHEV II and eX concepts revealed last year and will feature the company’s latest take on the "Dynamic Shield" design philosophy.
The attached teaser image reveals an almost flat roofline finished in red to contrast the gray body which appears to lack conventional door handles. Cameras have replaced the side mirrors and we notice the headlights and taillights are slender in order to make the SUV concept appear sleek and futuristic. Expect to see oversized wheels, as it’s the case with most of today’s concepts, while inside the cabin there’s likely a minimalist layout with very few conventional buttons and knobs.
There’s no word about what powers the Ground Tourer, but we do know it’s a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicle which means that it combines a combustion engine with an electric motor and a battery pack. Since Mitsu mentions the SUV “will offer effortless travel both on and off the beaten track whatever the driving conditions,” it probably means the vehicle will have a four-wheel-drive setup.
Expect more teasers in the weeks to come, prior to Ground Tourer’s public debut set for October 1 at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. If history has taught us anything, it's that Mitsubishi's concepts rarely make it to the assembly line, so it seems unlikely the concept will morph into a production version. That being said, perhaps some of the concept's design cues will rub off on the next-gen Outlander set to arrive in the years to come.