Mitsubishi unveils its answer to fuel-efficient pick-up trucks

Mitsubishi unveils its answer to fuel-efficient pick-up trucks

The latest Mitsubishi concept to be revealed at the Geneva motor show is a diesel-electric hybrid – powered both by a 2.5-litre Mitsubishi 'clean diesel' engine, and an electric motor mated to a selection of batteries secured in the chassis.

The GR-HEV features an automatic gearbox and an on-bard computer that controls the operation of the engine and electric motor, while Mitsubishi's S-AWC all-wheel-drive system is used to keep the GR-HEV moving on rough terrain.
The concept, says Mitsubishi, is designed to bring down the emissions of the average pick-up to less than 150g/km of CO2 without compromising their payload or performance – and should help the firm target customers all over the world.

In fact, Mitsubishi isn't just targeting well-off European and Asian countries with the technology, but also emerging markets – where it says the one-tonne pickup format remains in demand.

The hybrid power train brings other bonuses, too. With such a large battery, and an AC supply available on demand, Mitsubishi says that the GR-HEV could effectively act as a generator – a feature that would be well appreciated by the average commercial vehicle buyer.

Refinement is also said to be better in the GR-HEV – with the electric motor kicking in during acceleration and providing "instant" and near-silent response - compared to a diesel engines' typically unrefined and jerky delivery.

The GR-HEV is just a concept for now, but it's highly likely to point towards a future direction for Mitsubishi's range – as the firm aims to make 20 per cent of its cars EV-based by 2020.

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