AUTO INDUSTRY NEWS

Tokyo 2013: Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept to possibly preview future ASX

Tokyo 2013: Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept to possibly preview future ASX image

Text: AutoIndustriya.com Team / Photos: Mitsubishi Press | posted November 21, 2013 10:08

Compact SUV to be powered by 1.1-liter turbo MIVEC with lightweight electric motor

Mitsubishi revealed the Crossover Runner Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (XR-PHEV) concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept is based on a compact SUV design study that could possibly preview the next-generation ASX which is currently on its fourth year.

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept rear

It is highly likely that Mitsubishi might opt to apply a major facelift based on the XR-PHEV to the current ASX as developing a totally new model would be very costly considering the recent announcement of a joint development between Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan for a C-segment passenger car to replace the current Lancer of which the ASX currently shares its platform with. The XR-PHEV concept measures at 4370mm long, 1870mm wide, and 1570mm tall.

The concept features a front-engine, front-wheel drive layout plug-in hybrid EV system powered by a 1.1-liter direct injection turbocharged 3-cylinder MIVEC engine possibly mated to an CVT with a lightweight, compact high-efficency 120kW electric motor.

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept interior

The concept will feature MMC's latest e-Assist active safety technologies and the advanced connected car technology that utilizes next-generation information systems. These functions include a danger detection system which activates the corresponding safety functions and a failure/malfunction early-detection system which urges the driver to seek repairs or other maintenance.

The current Mitsubishi ASX being sold in the Philippines is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 MIVEC engine. The ASX is also known as the RVR and Outlander Sport in other markets.