Mitsubishi has unveiled the XR-PHEV II concept at the Geneva motor show. An evolution of the brand’s 2013 XR-PHEV, the XR-PHEV II is a small SUV powered by a newly-developed plug-in hybrid electric system.
The concept previews what is expected to be Mitsubishi’s second PHEV following the Outlander PHEV launched in the UK in April last year.
The new PHEV system presented in the XR-PHEV II is a front-engine/front-drive system developed specifically for a crossover-type vehicle, and comprises a MIVEC engine, a new electric motor and a new power drive unit all mounted up front.
The Japanese carmaker says the system will achieve low CO2 emissions of below 40 g/km, while also delivering “gutsy and smooth” performance with its 160 bhp electric motor.
Externally, the XR-PHEV II’s front is inherited from the motif seen historically on the Shogun. The designers say the front face expresses a new “shield” shape to protect people and the car alike by evolving the Shogun’s traditional “protection” as the bumpers and underneath extended inward and upward respectively. This front motif is replicated at the rear, featuring a high-mount tail lamp that is said to improve rear visibility.
The interior features an aluminium frame that spreads out sideways from the central console which supports the horizontal instrument panel. It features high contrast in the front part with black-and-silver hues. The driver’s controls are concentrated in the centre console and in the steering wheel.