One more hybrid concept coming, new 2016 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II. After XR-PHEV concept from couple of years ago, Mitsubishi had just pulled XR-PHEV II concept at Geneva Auto Show. This means that they really do plan to introduce a new, or redesign current compact crossover (Outlander Sport).
Whichever is the case, future, production-ready model certainly won’t be as futuristic as neither of the concepts, but things could become more interesting than they currently are.
Under the Hood
As for the powertrain, Japanese still didn’t disclose any details about 2016 Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II’s internal combustion unit. Previous concept was moved by 1.1L turbocharged engine and all we can do is to assume that the powertrain was carried over from one concept to the other. Rest of the specs are known, however. Plug-in hybrid crossover gets 161-horsepower electric motor which does a large share of the job. 12 kWh battery pack is large enough for plenty of all-electric miles, and driver can choose between couple of modes: battery save and battery charge, both of which are self explanatory.
|The Engine range|
|Battery capacity||12 kWh|
|Motor output||120 kW (160 HP)|
|CO2 emissions||Below 40 g/km|
Styling – Inside and Outside look
Design is futuristic, as we have already mentioned. Frontal fascia has some chance of getting produced in slightly changed manner, but rear end has definitely gone too far. X-shaped tailgate features contrasting colors just as it is the case up front. Sharp tail-lights and a light bridge that’s actually a part of them take too much space from the rear window, and if you include very thick rear pillars into the equation, you’ll see why this layout is a “no no”.
Production-ready model will have to be toned down considerably, but we don’t suspect that Mitsubishi can make it happen. There’s one thing that 2016 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept showcases, and it is angular shape full of creases. If this concept is a preview of future, Mitsubishi’s future looks great indeed.
|Length||4.490 MM (176.77 Inches)|
|Width||1.890 MM (74.40 Inches)|
|Height||1.620 MM (63.77 Inches)|
|Wheelbase||2.670 MM (105.11 Inches)|
Interior design follows the same philosophy. It is way too advanced for the current markets. Since concept was presented in red paint, Japanese used this to furbish XR-PHEV II concept with red leather seats, red door inserts and red stitches. Dashboard is covered in leather and showcases some aluminum and carbon fiber accents. Sporty, three-spoke steering wheel, shift lever and surrounding controls, and rotary controller, all look otherworldly.
Touch screen display pops out of the dash which saves some space and simplifies the board, but the unit itself should have been slightly larger. Rest of the feature list is undisclosed, but we have to assume that it will be in accordance to XR-PHEV II’s future niche.
2016 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Price and MPG
Little is known of its powertrain and less even of its fuel economy ratings. Apart from all-electric drive (a wild guess says some 20 miles), crossover should deliver high fuel efficiency figures. If it really becomes a base for the new Outlander Sport, its price tag should start from $25,000 or more given its plug-in hybrid nature, but concept itself will become much less inspiring than it currently is.
2016 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept is a look into the future through a stained glass. We see what Japanese tried to do, but we don’t really see this model being produced as it is. Heavy adaptation will have to be done in order for it to transcend to one of the compact crossovers which grace the roads.