Mitsubishi's XR-PHEV and GC-PHEV concepts closely preview the next generation of ASX and Shogun models

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 XR-PHEV and GC-PHEV concepts, first shown in Tokyo last November, preview closely the next ASX crossover and Pajero/Shogun models respectively.

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.

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