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Sorry, No Montero: Mitsubishi Dusts Off GC-PHEV Concept for Chicago

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/12/2015 Kelly Pleskot
Sorry, No Montero: Mitsubishi Dusts Off GC-PHEV Concept for Chicago

Leading up to the Chicago auto show, Mitsubishi teased us with an alluring photo of an SUV trekking across the sand dunes, captioned "The Return of a Legend." Naturally, we hoped this signified a comeback for the Montero. But sadly, the model Mitsubishi ended up showing in Chicago was just the same old concept car they debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show over a year ago.

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The Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV debuted back in 2013, and it doesn't look like the SUV has really evolved during all that time. The plug-in hybrid concept features a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine along with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. This unit is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive.

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Inside, the Concept GC-PHEV features a Tactical Table, which Mitsubishi touts as a new interactive connected car technology. Anyone inside the car can place their smartphone atop the Table to share information with others through the car's communication system. Other technologies include Pedestrian Collision Mitigating Auto-braking, Unintentional Vehicle Move Off Control, lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation, and blind spot warning.

Mitsubishi Concept GC PHEV© Provided by MotorTrend Mitsubishi Concept GC PHEV

Mitsubishi said that this SUV "provides a glimpse at the brand's new design language applied to a large vehicle." So despite getting Tokyo's sloppy seconds this time around, perhaps there is still hope we'll see a return of the Montero sometime down the line. At the very least, maybe some of the concept's new technologies will make their way to future Mitsubishi vehicles.

Source: Mitsubishi

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