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Mitsubishi GR-HEV Hybrid Pickup Concept Debuts In Geneva

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Mitsubishi is giving a clear indication of its future plans with the reveal of two new concept vehicles at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show this week.

Both vehicles fall into the ‘electrified’ category, though the two couldn’t be more different.

One is a diesel-electric hybrid pickup truck called the GR-HEV and the other is a battery-powered electric compact called the CA-MiEV.

Mitsubishi sees its future models adopting a philosophy of sustainable fun. That’s why the automaker has pledged a goal of offering some kind of electrified drivetrain technology on 20 percent of its lineup by 2020.

For its future pickups, Mitsubishi sees hybrid technology as the most suitable option. The automaker explains that hybrid drivetrains, which are cheaper than all-electric and plug-in hybrid setups, are ideal for heavy-duty daily requirements of pickup users, and this is one of the main reasons why it chose to preview its next-generation hybrid tech in a pickup.

The GR-HEV pairs a 2.5-liter diesel engine with an electric motor. Mitsubishi’s S-AWC permanent all-wheel-drive system is also fitted and the vehicle can offer up several different driving modes, including electric only, diesel only and hybrid modes.

Mitsubishi is predicting that a vehicle the size of the GR-HEV with this drivetrain could return a combined fuel economy in excess of 40 mpg. The best part is that a production version of the GR-HEV is tipped to be unveiled as early as next year.

The CA-MiEV, meanwhile, gives us a preview of Mitsubishi’s successor to the i-MiEV electric car. The vehicle is clearly much more practical than the original i-MiEV and its lithium-ion battery, rated at 28 kilowatt-hours, is big enough to offer a much more usable range of 186 miles.

The high-efficiency electric concept combines a lightweight body with an integrated motor, inverter, and charger module that reduces power losses. It also incorporates a full-time regenerative braking system that improves energy recovery rate, in addition to a magnetic resonance wireless charging device that enables convenient charging.

For an in-depth look at the Mitsubishi GR-HEV hybrid pickup concept, click here, and for a detailed look at the CA-MiEV, click here.
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