Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mitsubishi Press | posted February 26, 2015 14:56
Revised concept marginally larger with exterior design update
Mitsubishi will displaying the XR-PHEV II at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show which was designed to preview an upcoming plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV).
While not entirely a new concept as the original concept SUV first debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the XR-PHEV II does feature updated exterior styling and body dimensions.
Compared with the 2013 concept, the XR-PHEV II concept measures bigger overall as it measures 4490mm long, 1890mm wide and 1620mm tall. The first concept had body measurements of 4370mm in length, 1870mm in width and 1570mm in height. In terms of size, it is comparable to the brand's currently-selling compact crossover, the ASX.
Design-wise, the lower front grill has an altered shape and is paired with air vents trimmed with chrome grills. The rear on the other hand gets some revisions like the slanted trunk badge, additional rear-mounted foglamps and omission of the centrally-placed exhaust pipe.
Aboard the concept SUV, Mitsubishi used an orange-themed interior that can be seen on the seats, steering wheel and door trim.
Powering the XR-PHEV II is the same hybrid powertrain used in the original concept which is a 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged 3-cylinder MIVEC engine that is mated with a 163 PS electric motor/generator and a 120kw battery.
A nifty feature of the concept SUV is that it can switch between different driving modes like electric or parallel hybrid depending on driving conditions and battery level. The automaker also installed a manual switch which allows the driver to select a specified mode depending on their preference.