UPDATE: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S – Full Image Gallery

SEP 22 2014 BY MARK KANE 36

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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.

(1) Exterior

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.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

(2) Interior

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.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

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36 Comments on "UPDATE: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S – Full Image Gallery"

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So they put black plastic on the front… like Tesla. Why?

Hopefully they increase the EV range too.

I, too, drool over more range. But I doubt they’ll do it.

Looks to me like they’re putting money into finishes instead of range.

In Europe and Japan they tried to keep the PHEV price around the diesel model. This means they will focus on keeping price down. (they won’t be able to price the PHEV around the diesel price in the US… but they can focus on keeping it around the EV competition… e.g. LEAF).

Can’t keep price down and improve interior and improve range. Thus my guess is range will stay the same.

In case it might be useful…
Though there were some confusing info going around, it costs the same as the base (automatic) diesel version only after the £5,000 British govt grant.

In Japan, I don’t know…


In New Zealand the Outlander 2.2D AUTO VRX 4WD Diesel is $56,990 RRP* +ORC The Outlander PHEV in VRX trim is $66,990
$10,000 more than the Diesel.
The Volt is $84,000 and the Leaf is now $39,900
The Outlander PHEV is good for 60km on EV.

I think it looks fantastic. It looks sleek and modern without being too “out there” which might alienate some potential buyers. It’s a very nice safe design.

I doubt I’d get the Burgundy interior, but the interior looks great as well.

My only concern is that they upgrade it so much that it becomes unaffordable.

I think this will be the best selling EV by far if they can keep it under/around $35k. It’ll still sell like gangbusters if they can keep it under $40-45k. But they’ll hit turbulence at $50k.

Thus: they’ll hopefully make some bare bones models with cloth etc for the $35k range and better outfitted ones for $45k to 50k.

That said, their #1 priority should be to get this thing here before it has any competition.

The delay is killing me. Aaaarrrrggghhhhh!

They will definitely need to keep the price to $35 or less. You can get a Jeep Cherokee for $25k base price. This is a popular car, and i’m sure will be cross shopped.

Those who are shopping right at the bottom end of the SUV market aren’t going to spend the extra on a big battery pack etc.

For the moment the target has to be those in the market for an averagely priced car, or one just above average, so $35-40k.

At that level it can be competitive, as it already is in Europe and the UK, where it is a fairly well equipped but not a luxury car at the equivalent price point.

That depends on what you want. People who need a large vehicle, but don’t want to spend a fortune on gas will pay for a large battery pack. Some people view a vehicle as an necessary expense rather than a luxury toy. I would rather pay for larger batteries than useless things like leather seats and a huge display screen. When we next need a new car, we probably won’t get an electrified car because we aren’t interested in paying for all the luxury features that EVs/PHEVs tend to come with. We only drive about 7k miles a year, so we can’t save enough in gas to pay for the luxury detailing.

I have a philosophy of vehicles very similar to yours, but I will definitely stick with an EV. My Leaf lease ends in March, and I just had a brief conversation with someone from NMAC (Nissan financing, basically) and when I inquired about extending my lease, the man I spoke with said they will certainly do that, they do it all the time, etc.

But if for some reason they won’t let me extend the lease, I will be leasing or buying a new Leaf S. It has enough range for our needs, it’s a blast to drive, and the price is acceptable (even before accounting for fuel savings) because the S trim level avoids a lot of the pricey add-ons. If you qualify for Nissan’s VPP program (we do), then you get an even better price — we save $20/month on our lease that way.

“Those who are shopping right at the bottom end of the SUV market aren’t going to spend the extra on a big battery pack etc.”
Wrong. My friend is one of these people. He is very frugal and also an engineer. He want’s a plug-in SUV, but isn’t going to spend money on VIA motors/Telsa Model X prices. He also has the ability to do the math to figure out the payback on the premium over a standard SUV. If Mitsubishi starts getting much north of $35K.. it wont be something he will buy.

I am talking about substantial numbers of prospective purchasers, not an anecdotal outlier.

$10k is a fair chunk of cash, and most, although of course not all, people who want a big car for minimal price are not going to spend, and in fact mostly are not in the position to spend, an extra $10k.

The income/car expenditure curves are exactly what you would expect, and haven’t changed to something really odd because of a new technology, although obviously good petrol mileage helps sales for the more economy minded buyer.

I don’t think he’s an outlier. There’s a lot of people that can do math.

And as more mainstream plugins become available (and familiar), those ppl are starting to do the math.

Now you are surprising me, as you are a guy who will know what an income curve plotted against car purchase cost would look like.

On that basis it is pretty clear that most but not of course all people who buy a $25k car do so because that is what they can comfortably afford, and that relatively limited numbers are going to stretch to a $35k car, although of course low running costs increase the number compared to what they would otherwise be.

Yes… math.
Low running costs + tax incentives trump a $10k premium.

What do you think the degree of correlation between the purchase price of a car and the income of the buyer is?
My WAG would be perhaps 0.75.

How you think your friend is not an outlier I can’t imagine.

A very well-advised outlier, to be sure, but on the whole people in the market for $25k cars aren’t seriously in the market for $35k cars.
The converse is less true.

I don’t think you should say income, but disposable income. Depends on one’s budget.

As far as shopping for a $25K car and getting at $35k one, I was also in that group. I would never have bought a $35k car, until the Volt came along.

The sad truth is not many car buyers do the math, and only a tiny percentage are engineers.

I think it has to be priced no more than $37k. After tax credit, that’ll put it only $3k over the cheapest AWD model, and $3k is small enough that people will realize payback will be quick. The engineers will see it as ~3 years payback time.

Unfortunately, looking at the European prices, it’s probably going to be over $40k.

So I don’t see gangbuster sales here 🙁

Luckily times are a changin’. And when more of the Jone’s have plugins.. people will start scratching their chins even more.

I’m betting it’ll cost $45k to $52.5k prior to incentive. Two separate rationales 1) they try to keep the PHEV near the price of a loaded ICE Outlander after discounts. The top trim level of Outlander with Premium everything and leather etc comes in at right around $40k. I can easily see them selling the Outlander PHEV for $40k plus a $7500 to $10k premium. After the $7500 discount it comes in at $40k to $42.5 k out of pocket… very doable for both customer and Mitsubishi. That prices it around $47.5 to $50k before incentives. ==== 2) They may price the Outlander PHEV at a premium above the upper trim level of the LEAF. In the UK an upper level LEAF (Tekna) is 20,450 pounds. An Outlander PHEV is 33,000-39000 pounds (prior to the 5k grant) I think they’ll do the same here. Here you can get a nice LEAF for $30-35k (prior to incentives). I think they’ll try for similar math here I think they’ll go $30k x 150% and $35k x 150k for $45k-52.5k (prior to incentives) which leads to about $37.5k to $45k out of pocket. on a side note: this also prices the Outlander PHEV… Read more »

Don’t think Mistu needs to go “bottom”, at all. More like Model X, minus ~15-30k. At that price, it can be a premium offering, with the lower costs of an EREV (ie. profitable).

I think a mistake would be to replicate VWG, who is also in the 11-12kwh bracket with the Cayenne and Panamera PHEVs. To price a 2015 PHEV SUV anywhere over 40k, and not approach 20kwh is a mistake. Do ~20kwh, and you bag “daily use” miles and provide adequate all-EV power, radically cutting down on engine starts. I’m with Nitz, here.

The VW group have specified the size and weight of their battery packs for their cars, but as soon as more energy dense packs are available can either make that the new standard or offer them as an option.

That would put them into the ~20kwh area you suggest.

They seem to expect those packs within 2-3 years, and in my view their design effort has had that assumption in mind, just as the Mercedes S-class PHEV is counting on more energy dense batteries within 2 years to allow them to be compliant with Chinese low carbon city regulations.

Have you heard anything new about the Nissan Qashqai PHEV? Is it still anticipated in the UK for 2015?

There were rumors and media releases last year, but I’ve heard little to nothing about the Qashqai PHEV since then.

Nothing at all.
That could be because Nissan have changed their mind, it could be because they are reassessing in the light of their possible change to LG Chem batteries, or it could be because they don’t want to hit sales of their existing offering, the Leaf, on the off change that people would cross shop.

It seems to me that they should be more interested in giving pause to those going out and buying the Outlander PHEV, but there is nothing from Nissan.

Perhaps Ford will make the Edge a PHEV before Nissan move into action, or VW do some sort of CUV at a more reasonable price than is usual for them for that sort of car.

The PHEV SUV field is weirdly quiet.

In Europe Outlander PHEV costs only a bit more than Prius Plug In, but double electric range, Lithium with 12 KWh, not only 4 like Toyota and CHAdeMO! Also Outlander is smart grid ready, you can use 9 kWh back out of the car. The smart grid box isn’t available until now, should come in 2015.

Sorry, but IMHO this is just lipstick on a pig. Personally, I like the appearance of the existing PHEV just fine. Not particularly attractive, but aerodynamic and functional.

I’m with the rest of the comments that would prefer that Mitsubishi spend their money on getting the PHEV into the States sooner and then on next-gen battery technology.

I wouldn’t call it a pig.

I would say it’s lipstick on a nice and very capable entry/medium level SUV!

But they are making a HUGE mistake in not just getting the darn thing to the US. Haven’t they learned anything from the Japanese and European sales?

I hope they’re not afraid that the Outlander will sell poorly like the i-MiEV… because it will do FAR better.

Americans LOVE SUVs. They hate micro city cars.

reminds me of the Hyundai Nuvis Concept from 2009…

The renderings look pretty good, except for the rear taillight/wing/awfulness. My eyes can’t get away from that, not in a good way. Maybe it will be more subtle in another color.

I’ll see if it passes the “wife test” tonight and report back.

Your rear tailgate obviously passed the test, so stop worrying and have more faith in either her taste or defective eyesight! 😉

Just showed her the pictures, she likes it…except for the rear taillights. They might clean those up before production anyway.

Hopefully they keep this styling and don’t pull a Volt. Might end up with one of these in the driveway.

I think the rear tail light will look a lot better in a darker colored car (like charcoal)
I agree that I don’t love the long splash of red.

Agreed, overall I love what they did to the car! The front end and modified body style is 100% better. Just not a big fan of the long red taillight. Hopefully it is priced well and they can start delivers to the USA in 2015.

Much more palatable than previous renderings, but dispense with the styling tweaks and just ship us the current model!

headlights are from NISSAN PATFINDER rear tail lights are from LINCOLN MKT 🙂