Published on February 14th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro1
Mitsubishi To Debut Plug-In Hybrid Diesel Pickup At Geneva
The as-yet-unveiled concept, called the GR-HEV Sport Utility Hybrid Pickup, will be showcased at the Geneva auto show next month. The plug-in hybrid uses a diesel engine to power a batter turning two electric motors. While power and mpg specs aren’t discussed, an efficient diesel engine hooked to two high-torque electric motors (with four-wheel drive capability) should be able to deliver outstanding mpg.
Chrysler has been testing plug-in hybrid pickups it has no intent on selling, while Toyota and Ford have joined forces on a hybrid pickup of their own. Rumor has it Chrysler may be developing a hybrid-diesel pickup of its own, but has yet to say anything official. Mitsubishi needs a big hit to pull itself back into contention in the American market, and a tough, efficient hybrid pickup could be just what the doctor ordered.
Mitsubishi will also debut a new pure-electric concept, the CA-MiEV, which will reportedly have a range of 186 miles on a single charge. The concept uses a lightweight body and advanced aerodynamics to achieve that range.
But will this diesel-hybrid pickup concept ever make it to dealerships? Keep your fingers crossed.