Mitsubishi Concept XR PHEV II To Debut In Geneva
At the 85th Geneva International Motor Show, Mitsubishi will present a small SUV – the Concept XR PHEV II.
As we noted earlier, it’s very similar to the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV from 2013, but now we have confirmation that this new, less radical version is very close to the production version of the second generation ASX.
In other words, this provides us with a taste of the of second plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi, which will enter the market in the near future – probably 2017.
“The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II is a small SUV concept expected to be MMC’s second PHEV following the Outlander PHEV launched in the UK in April, 2014. The new PHEV system presented in the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II is a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency front-engine/front-drive system ideal for an urban crossover. The system is estimated to achieve very low CO2 emissions of below 40 g/km, among the lowest of any PHEV, while also delivering gutsy and smooth performance with excellent response with its 163PS electric motor. The concept model reflects MMC’s focus on electric vehicles in its approach to environmental technologies and is currently developing PHEV systems best suited to each model in its line-up with a view to introducing them in the near future.”
Mitsubishi Concept XR PHEV II is a front-engine/front-drive, equipped with a MIVEC engine, a new electric motor/generator and a new power drive unit all mounted up front.
Electric motor output stands at 120 kW, while its 12 kWh battery pack seems to be borrowed from the Outlander PHEV (also 12 kWh).
There is no data on range, but it should be higher than the larger Outlander PHEV and the Japanese automaker says that all-electric mode will be SUV’s primary mode.
“Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II
The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II is an urban crossover employing a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency front-engine/front-wheel drive PHEV system to achieve superior environmental and road performance.
The new XR-PHEV II expresses vibrant dynamism with a silhouette reflecting taut muscularity and a body shape that comprises a character line which sharply cuts into its sides and merges together with the protruding rear fenders.
The front face is inherited from the motif seen historically on the Shogun. 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 expresses fortitude through an aluminium frame that spreads out sideways from the central console which supports the minimalist horizontal instrument panel. It features high contrast in the front part with black-and-silver hues. The cockpit was made to functionally enhance the driver’s focus with controls concentrated in the centre console and in the steering wheel.”
The new PHEV system is designed for use in front-engine/front-drive models and comprises a MIVEC engine, a new electric motor/generator and a new power drive unit all mounted up front. The new power drive unit comprises a compact and high-efficiency inverter and variable voltage system to achieve high power and high torque. CO2 emissions reach under 40 g/km when on the move, among the very best in terms of environmental performance for a PHEV. 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. While delivering powerful and sporty performance, the system achieves smooth and elegant motoring with an extremely quiet interior and no transmission shift shock for a further enhancement in driving pleasure.
L x W x H 4,490mm × 1,890 mm × 1,620 mm Wheelbase 2,670 mm Seats 4 Battery capacity 12 kWh Motor output 120 kW (163 ps) Drivetrain 2WD CO2 emissions Below 40 g/km
Smartphone Link Display Audio
Mitsubishi Motors’ first Smartphone Link Display Audio supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will make its world debut at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. Smartphone Link Display Audio provides excellent user experience by connecting your smartphones to it.
Android Auto was designed with safety in mind. With a simple and intuitive interface, integrated steering wheel controls, and powerful new voice actions, it’s designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road.
Apple CarPlay, the smarter, safer way to use iPhone* in the car gives drivers an easy and intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a touch or a word by activating Siri with the voice control button on the steering wheel.
The Smartphone Link Display Audio will be exhibited in MMC’s special booth at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show.”