During this year 85th Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi prepared two world debuts. First was the new generation L200 and second was the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II, a small SUV that is expected to see daylight soon, as the smaller brother of the current Outlander PHEV.
It will be the second hybrid SUV of the Japanese manufacturer, after the Outlander PHEV, launched in April 2014. The new hybrid propulsion system seen on the new concept is lighter and more compact with front-engine/front-drive system ideal for an urban crossover.
Hybrid Propulsion System
The system is estimated to achieve very low CO2 emissions of below 40 g/km, among the lowest of any PHEV. Even so, the power offered is estimated at 163 hp, enough for an SUV of this size. The PHEV system is designed to operate primarily in all-electric mode with the engine acting as a generator or supplying additional motive power when needed.
Depending on driving conditions and remaining battery charge, the system automatically switches between all-electric, series hybrid and parallel hybrid modes. By selecting Battery Save or Battery Charge mode, the driver can drive in all-electric mode when they wish to do so.
The XR-PHEV II’s front face expresses a new “shield” shape to protect people and the car alike by evolving the Shogun’s traditional unique “protection” as the bumpers and underneath extended inward and upward respectively. In addition this front motif is replicated at the rear, featuring a high-mount tail lamp for improved rear visibility.
The interior features an aluminium frame that spreads out sideways from the central console which supports the minimalist horizontal instrument panel.