A few weeks ago, Mitsubishi announced it will come to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show with three concept cars that preview the company’s future SUV lineup. The first of these three concepts is the Concept Cross Runner Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or simply the XR-PHEV. It previews a new crossover with coupe-like styling cues that will be placed under the current Outlander and will be put into production in the coming years.
According to the first details on we have this concept, it looks like it will use a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.1-liter, turbocharged MIVEC engine, which is a lightweight, compact and highly efficient engine with a high-capacity battery.
The concept will be equipped with the latest "e-Assist" active safety technologies and the advanced "connected car" technology that utilizes next-generation information systems that includes a danger detection system which activates the corresponding safety functions and a failure/malfunction early-detection system.
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Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept in Detail
Exterior view detail
No other details were revealed on this concept just yet, but as we can see from the first images, it looks like it will adopt a completely new design language. It gains a new, smiley grille, large headlights that go all the way to the grille and wrap around the fenders, a new hood with powerful lines, pronounced wheel arches, a roof spoiler on the rear, and additional LED lights on the side.
This concept definitely looks good, and not too over the top. A revision to Mitsu’s SUV lineup is very much needed, so this is a welcome sight.
The MITSUBISHI Concept XR-PHEV is a next-generation compact SUV developed to take driving pleasure to new levels. The MITSUBISHI Concept XR-PHEV uses a front engine, front-wheel drive layout PHEV system that is configured with a downsized 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine and a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency motor with a high-capacity battery.
These two concepts feature PHEV systems optimally tailored to different market and segment requirements.