At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, alongside the CA-MiEV, Mitsubishi revealed the GR-HEV. The Mitsubishi GR-HEV was a sport utility truck which was developed as a conceptual successor to the one-ton Mitsubishi pickup – which has been around since 1978.
It’s proportions are odd to say the least. The rear cargo area juts out from the back of the truck at a bizarre angle and quite frankly looks terrible. Almost everything about the GR-HEV looks awkward and misaligned. Mitsubishi have even had the audacity to fit it with 3-spoke wheels. Which haven’t looked good since… Well, never.
However the styling of the Mitsubishi GR-HEV is only half the story. As it’s really the drivetrain where Mitsubishi’s drones have spent most of their time and energy.
Powering the Mitsubishi GR-HEV is an all-new hybrid-electric drivetrain, which comprises of a 2.5 litre diesel engine assisted by a front-mounted electric motor, mated to an automatic transmission. Mitsubishi haven’t released any figures regarding power, performance or range yet. But their stated goal is to create a truck which has comparable performance to a conventionally-powered truck when needed, but with the benefit of significanlty reduced emissions and fuel consumption.
The GR-HEVconcept also uses Mitsubishi’s full-time 4WD technology, featuring Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system to deliver high stability traction and driving performance under all road conditions. S-AWC adjusts output and braking to each wheel for every drive mode (2L, 4H, 4HL, 4LL).