Mitsubishi’s GR HEV diesel electric hybrid pick up truck concept for this year’s Geneva Motor Show is the preview of the design direction that the next generation Triton pick up truck and SUV platform will take. Knowing Mitsubishi’s big bet on electric and hybrid vehicles, the diesel electric hybrid technology on the GR HEV concept could also make it to the next generation Triton platform. The Triton platform currently plays host to the Triton pick up truck and the Pajero Sport SUV. Both these vehicles are sold across South East Asian countries while India plays host only to the Pajero Sport.
Coming to the design language of the GR HEV Concept, Mitsubishi seems to have moved back to sharper styling, and many car nuts will be thankful for that. The sharper styling of the GR HEV means that the pick up truck concept does radiate a modicum of appeal, stuff that Mitsubishi’s recent cars like the all new Outlander and the Mirage have failed to do, especially when it comes to the styling front. Other details of the GR HEV concept including those about the turbo diesel engine and electric motor of this concept remains unknown at this point in time.
However, expect more buzz about this concept to build up in the next couple of days. The styling and powertrain changes that the GR HEV concept brings to the table are expected to eventually filter down to the next generation Triton pick up truck and the Pajero Sport SUV. The 2015 models of the next generation Triton Pick Up Truck and the Pajero Sport SUV are expected to be unveiled next year. Given that the Pajero Sport SUV is sold in India, it’ll be interesting to see when Hindustan Motors-Mitsubishi bring the next generation model of the SUV to the Indian car market.
The Pajero Sport sold in India is brought into the country through the completely knocked down(CKD) route with the CKD kits imported from Thailand. The Pajero Sport is assembled at Hindustan Motors’ Chennai factory and the SUV competes with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and the Ssangyong Rexton. The Pajero Sport sold in India is powered by a 2.5 Liter turbo diesel engine that outputs 176 Bhp-400 Nm. Four wheel drive is standard on the Pajero Sport, an SUV that is built on the old school body-on-ladder frame.