Looks like: Anime version of a Mitsubishi Montero
Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid all-wheel-drive SUV, supercharged V-6 engine, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Ridiculous features: The "Tactical Table," a full-length touch-screen console that runs to the backseats and interacts with passengers' smartphones
Chance of being mass-produced: 50/50
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi is struggling in the U.S. market, suffering from a combination of old, highly out-of-date models, a lack of development money and local manufacturing, and a generally unknown presence in the minds of new car shoppers due to the two previous issues. It is, however, finding a little hope with its Outlander Sport compact SUV and is using the 2015 Chicago Auto Show to give us a peek at what might be coming next.
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The Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept (the acronym stands for Grand Cruiser plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is making its North American debut at the show, having previously been shown nearly a year-and-a-half ago at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept arriving here is unchanged, still featuring wild concept-car styling, some eye-popping interior electronics and a powertrain that should not be overlooked.