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Mitsubishi Ground Tourer hybrid SUV concept previewed

Mitsubishi is planning to unveil a new SUV concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, called the Ground Tourer concept.

Mitsubishi Ground Tourer concept-preview

So far only this teaser image has been revealed, along with some vague details. The company says the concept builds on its suite of new-generation SUVs, following in the footsteps of the XR PHEV II concept which was shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor show.

The concept will showcase an all-new coupe SUV design, expressing “functional beauty and Japanese craftsmanship”. It also features a “flagship” plug-in hybrid powertrain system. Mitsubishi says the interior accommodates passengers in “hushed comfort”, with “finely-crafted” details.

In terms of the design, the preview image shows a sporty side profile with a suddenly dropping rear hatch layout. Although the roofline is quite horizontal, the window sill does rise up slightly toward the rear in typical coupe-like fashion.

Judging by the size, we could be looking at an early preview of the next-generation Outlander. The high and relatively short bonnet suggests it is a smallish SUV, with the low-profile windscreen indicating sporty intentions.

All will be revealed at the Paris show, opening on September 29. We’re sure there will be more previews to come.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.