Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Mitsubishi executives confirmed that the plug-in hybrid technology is suitable for off-road vehicles such as Mitsubishi Triton and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
Masahiro Awano, chief development engineer of Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV, said the team has studied plug-in hybrid power systems equipped with three and four electric motors to improve the driving performance of off-road vehicles.
Currently, the plug-in hybrid system in the recently launched Eclipse Cross PHEV and Outlander PHEV (Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV) is equipped with two electric motors on the front axle and the front axle. The rear axle adopts Mitsubishi's unique S-AWC four-wheel drive system with a battery capacity of 13.8 kWh.
When asked whether Mitsubishi’s current plug-in hybrid system is suitable for off-road vehicles such as Triton pickups and PPVs such as Pajero Sport, Avano replied indirectly: “It’s ready. Full functionality can be used.”
"Our plug-in hybrid system is very rugged and durable. It also runs smoother and quieter." Awano said. "We are also developing better plug-in hybrid vehicles to install in next-generation cars."
"We are fully researching and studying electric drive systems. But I can't say or disclose more information about the product," Mitsubishi executives added.
The next-generation Mitsubishi Triton is scheduled to be launched on the market in 2022 and will be built on the same basis as its partners Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan.
Awano refused to insist that the new Triton will use a 2-motor or more electric plug-in hybrid system to improve its load and traction potential, but the pickup may become the first pickup on the market to use a plug-in hybrid system.
Awano’s comments are consistent with an interview with Ashwani Gupta, chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors. He said: plug-in hybrids will be a new alternative powertrain for pickup trucks. But the original diesel engine is also important. " If you are interested in the new generation, you can find more detailed information online.