UPDATE: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S – Full Image Gallery
Mitsubishi just released the first set of images of the new Outlander PHEV Concept-S, which is scheduled for debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
The SUV looks phenomenal. The front is now more dynamic and hopefully Japanesce company will soon implement these changes in all of its production Outlanders, as an upgraded Outlander PHEV design will be on tap when the Mitsubishi comes to the United States late in 2015.
The drivetrain remains the same as in the production Outlander PHEV (4WD, 2 permanent magnet synchronous motors, lithium-ion battery (12kWh) and 2.0-liter 4-cyl. DOHC MIVEC gasoline engine).
*UPDATE: Full image gallery added.
Let’s see what Mitsubishi is saying about the Concept-S version:
Overview of the Outlander PHEV Concept-S
The Outlander PHEV Concept-S is a concept model presenting a special design package for the production Outlander PHEV. The exterior and interior design are created under “Sporty and Sophisticated” design theme. The design expresses driving pleasure by delivering powerful and agile driving performance as well as quiet, advanced and high quality driving performance provided by its Twin Motor 4WD and Plug-in Hybrid EV System.
Meant to symbolise the functionality and reassuring safety inherent to Mitsubishi Motors’ SUVs, the front end design shields the Three-Diamond mark with bold chromed accent mouldings on either side – a three dimensional effect – in a further suggestion of motion. Wraparound headlamps contribute themselves to a sense of dynamism sweeping gently up and outwards.
This “protective theme” continues at the rear where similar symbolic chrome accents – topped by elongated combination lamps – run from tailgate to wings meant to express dynamic and innovative styling as if bracing the vehicle for better safety. The body colour uses a brilliant “Platinum White” with glass flake finish.
Contrary to the sparkling exterior design, the “Black & Burgundy” colour scheme interior design offers a refined quality passenger compartment.
In particular, Concept-S’ interior design makes use of painstakingly executed detailing to express precision, quality, craftsmanship and sophistication such as:
– Black wood grain trim with silver accent
– The centre console designed inspired by Japanese traditional black lacquered boxes
– Soft fine leather, hand-stitched by craftsmen selected for the seat upholstery
Furthermore, the seat upholstery forms a three-dimensional surface with horizontally-ribbed cushioning provides superior fit, while the use of trimming lines is formed so as to gently follow the body contours holds occupants snugly in place.
Silver accents of the trimming lines, curving around the seat, further enhance the perceived quality of the interior.