Geneva LIVE: Mitsubishi teases diesel-electric pickup

Mitsubishi designed the GR-HEV to be the cleanest truck in its market segment outside of the U.S.

Mitsubishi is giving the world a look into its next-generation pickup truck as a hybrid show car at the Geneva Motor Show.

Mitsubishi chose to fit the truck with a hybrid drivetrain because it is simpler, lighter and more affordable than a comparable all-electric unit. Precise technical details are not available but the Japanese company claims the drivetrain was developed to emit no more than 149 grams of CO2 per kilometer in a mixed cycle. If the GR-HEV is given the green light for production as-is, it will be the cleanest pickup its market segment in Europe and in Japan.

Aimed at both commercial and leisure buyers, the GR-HEV is fitted with full-time four-wheel drive and Mitsubishi's Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) traction control system.

The truck's styling doesn't vary a lot in profile compared to the automaker's current 4x4 offerings, but its front fascia is clearly unique. Notably, it also uses a solid rear axle with leaf springs - we can't think of any other European auto show debut recently to feature such a suspension setup.

Mitsubishi will reveal a full set of details about the GR-HEV in the coming weeks. The automaker has not indicated whether or not it plans on adding the truck to its lineup in the foreseeable future.

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