Mitsubishi XR-PHEV will evolve into the next-generation ASX with far more adventurous styling
It will use a simplified version of the plug-in hybrid tech found in the Outlander
Next Shogun promises to play to luxury passenger car sensibilities as well as the rugged name it has already made for itself
It could be offered with a diesel-hybrid powertrain
Mitsubishi Motors gave sizable clues about two crucial forthcoming production models at Geneva, both of them due in the next three years, and both due to be offered with plug-in hybrid powertrains.
The former suggests Mitsubishi’s Qashqai-chaser is in for much more adventurous styling in its second generation. Wearing a much bolder waterfall-style radiator grille than the current car, more aggressive bumper styling and much more sculptural surfacing, the XR-PHEV demonstrates a newfound sense of confidence and identity from Mitsubishi.
In production form it will feature a simplified version of the Outlander PHEV’s petrol-electric powertrain with a smaller engine-generator and only one electric motor rather than two.
The GC-PHEV shows how Mitsubishi plans to execute a replacement for the Shogun full-sized SUV. “Shoguns are hard-working utility machines as well as large luxury passenger cars,” a company spokesperson told us. “The rugged styling of the ‘GC’ concept speaks to that identity.”
A diesel-electric version of the PHEV powertrain could yet be signed off for the car to ensure lowest-possible CO2 emissions.