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Sporty Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept Coming to Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 27th, 2015

2015 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept preview

Earlier this month, we were disappointed when Mitsubishi hyped up “the return of a legend” ahead of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, only to bring us an outdated and unrealistic GC-PHEV Concept… A car which they’d already shown in the exact same form a full year-and-a-half prior, albeit not in the US.

Fortunately, it looks like they’ve learned their lesson. Mitsubishi is promising to showcase an all-new concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next month, and we’re actually excited. It’s called the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept, and you can see it for yourself below.

2015 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept

The Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II is a follow-up to the original XR-PHEV Concept shown all the way back at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. However, while the crossover coming to Geneva is officially being billed as a concept, the car in these teasers looks much closer to production than any crossover concept we’ve seen from Mitsubishi in recent memory.

So, if the XR-PHEV II is, in fact, close to production, what model will it be?

All current rumors are pointing to the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport PHEV, expected to hit the market as a 2016 model, either later this year or at the beginning of next. This would be a fitting two-yearish follow-up to the standard Outlander PHEV that went on sale in the UK last April.

2015 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept rear

Mitsubishi says that the “concept XR-PHEV II is an urban crossover employing a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency front-engine/from-wheel drive pH EV system to achieve superior environmental and road performance.” They go on to say that the PHEV system is estimated to yield CO2 emissions below 40 g/km without sacrificing an engaging, sporty ride.

How?

From what we know right now, that “high-efficiency” PHEV system Mitsubishi references in the press release is an all-new plug-in hybrid powertrain. Mitsubishi tells us that it will use a 12 kWh battery to power an astonishingly powerful 160 hp electric motor. They didn’t say anything about the horsepower of the actual engine, probably because “the PHEV system is designed to operate primarily in all-electric mode with the engine … supplying additional motive power when needed.”

That being said, the original XR-PHEV Concept used a 1.1L turbocharged three-cylinder with 134 bhp, which probably isn’t too far off from the new concept given Mitsubishi’s explanation of the powertrain’s duties.

2015 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept interior design

In addition to the new PHEV system and exterior design we’ll see when the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept hits the floor in Geneva, we’re also keeping an eye out for the interior. Mitsubishi says that the interior expresses fortitude with a minimalist, high-contrast design. It’s intended to functionally enhance the drivers focus on the road with convenient, intuitive controls.

We have to say, this is the most excited we’ve been to see a Mitsubishi concept so far in 2015. Stay tuned next month to see the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show!


Mitsubishi Unveils XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Concept on PS3

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Earlier this year, Mitsubishi made official plans to axe their Lancer Evo sports car, but it seems that they’re already making plans to reinvigorate the Evo lineup. In doing so, they’ve unleashed a concept that – for the first time in recent memory – is actually exciting to look at.

The only problem?

It only exists in the virtual world. It’s the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Concept as seen in the Gran Turismo 6 video game for the PlayStation 3:

2014 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Concept

Even if this is a car that only exists in the digital realm, you have to admit that it’s one you’d like to take for a spin. And you can if you’re a PS3 gamer; the XR-PHEV is part of the Gran Turismo 6 Vision Initiative, which has automakers from around the world submit concepts to feature in-game. Last December we’d heard that Toyota would feature a Supra concept in GT6, but this is the first we’ve heard – or seen – of Mitsubishi’s contribution.

So, what exactly are we looking at?

The XR-PHEV concept features what Mitsubishi has dubbed the “Athlete Form” design language, which speaks to the rally racer’s lean and muscular exterior, like that of a sprinter ready to pounce at the starting gun shot.

To give you a little bit of context, Mitsubishi originally showed an XR-PHEV Concept last November (below) which was intended to showcase a possible direction for the next-gen Outlander, ETA unknown. Thus, the sports car seen in Gran Turismo 6 is actually a refined version of the XR-PHEV CUV. You can clearly see the similarities between the two vehicles.

2013 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept

Just like the original crossover concept, the XR-PHEV Evolution Vision features, you guessed it, a Plug-in Hybrid EV engine… At least, it would if it were a real car. The PHEV powertrain would likely be turbocharged and connected to an eight-speed dual clutch transmission, topped off with 20-inch aluminum wheels.

2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III

Obviously, Mitsubishi will probably never produce a production-ready version of the XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Concept. However, they are bringing a car that bears a slight resemblance to the upcoming Pikes Peak Hill Climb (above), although it will be the third year in a row that they’ve used the same car. Still, if nothing else this shows that Mitsubishi is maintaining a tenuous hold on their motorsports potential, so perhaps a toned-down version of the XR-PHEV Evo Vision isn’t totally out of the question.

Either way, if you’d like to see Mitsubishi’s newest racing concept in virtual action, we’ll leave you with the demo video below:


Mitsubishi Teases GC-PHEV, XR-PHEV and AR MPV Concepts for Tokyo

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 11th, 2013

The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is just over a month away, and with it will come a slew of new Japanese cars and concepts. Yesterday, Mitsubishi announced three brand-new concepts that it will bring to the show, complete with teaser images and a hook for each concept. Checkout the image below for a peek at what each concept looks like:

3 concept cars Mitsubishi is bringing to the 2013 Toyo Motor Show

According to Mitsubishi, each of the three concepts represents “a new design identity that symbolizes the sense of security and functionality of an SUV.” As you continue reading, we’ll review each concept and discuss what you can expect come November when the cars officially make their premier.

Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi only released two images for three concepts, and the GC-PHEV, otherwise known as the Grand Cruiser Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, is the only one of the three to get its own dedicated teaser. So, it seems reasonable to assume that this is the concept the Japanese brand is most interested in promoting.

The GC-PHEV is a full-size plug-in SUV hybrid that apparently offers both dynamic drivability and class-leading environmental performance. We know that the SUV will feature AWD via Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control system (S-AWC) to allow for the “superior handling, stability as well as the all-terrain capability an SUV offers.”

The GC-PHEV Concept is a “high output” hybrid SUV showcasing what looks to be a completely new design language, as well as several new safety and environmental features. Rumors around the automotive blogosphere hint that this could herald the next-gen Mitsubishi Shogun.

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept

According to Mitsubishi, the XR-PHEV Concept is a highly efficient and progressive next-generation compact SUV that “offers nimble drivability and a body style resembling a sport coupe.” If you look at the image at the beginning of this post depicting all three concepts, the XR-PHEV is the one on the left.

Again, just as with the GC-PHEV Concept, the XR-PHEV (which stands for Crossover Runner Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) features the same new design language with a nice wide grill, slit-like horizontal headlights and aggressively large wheel wells. Other than that, we don’t know much, although the folks over at Autocar hypothesize that this could be an ASX replacement.

Mitsubishi AR Concept

Finally we have the vehicle on the right side of the image at the top of this post, the Mitsubishi AR Concept (which stands for Active Runabout).  The AR Concept is apparently a next-generation compact MPV that was built with fuel conservation and interior comfort in mind.

One of the primary ways the AR minivan concept will conserve fuel is through a downsized direct-injection turbocharged engine. As far as interior comfort, Mitsubishi says that the AR Concept will be available in a variety of seating configurations to ensure that all passengers enjoy maximum comfort.

To sum it up, the AR Concept “offers both the mobility of an SUV and the occupant space of an MPV.”

Unfortunately, this is all we know about these three new Mitsubishi concepts.  However, the 2013 Tokyo Motor show is still six weeks away, which is plenty of time for more teasers and specs. So, stay tuned to the Integrity Exports blog for more information as it becomes available.