The crossover concept, which is described as a “declaration of intent” for the brand, is an evolution of 2013’s XR-PHEV concept and points towards a future performance crossover that would sit below the Outlander PHEV.
Measuring 4.49m long, 1.89m wide and 1.62m high, the XR-PHEV II concept gets Mitsubishi’s large central grille design, as well as traditional SUV styling traits.
Mitsubishi says the two-wheel-drive concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain designed for front-engine, front-wheel-drive models and will come with a “high-output” electric motor offering a “low environmental impact, dynamic agility and athletic design”.
The updated plug-in hybrid system, which combines a conventional internal combustion engine with a newly developed electric motor and 12kWh battery, emits 40g/km of CO2 and produces 160bhp.
Depending on driving conditions and remaining battery charge, the system automatically switches between all-electric, 'series hybrid' or 'parallel hybrid' modes. The driver can also manually select the driving mode by switching between 'battery save' or 'battery charge' modes.
Inside, the XR-PHEV II features an aluminium frame that spreads out sideways from the centre console, while Mitsubishi says the cockpit is driver-focused with controls falling close to hand.
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