The XR PHEV first hit the show circuit in 2013 as a not-production-ready concept, to gauge the public’s interest in a plug-in hybrid SUV. And now, with the 2015 Geneva Auto Show fast approaching, the Japanese automaker has revealed the first images and details on its newest plug-in hybrid SUV, the XR PHEV II. For now, the details remain limited, but the model will be unveiled on March 3, 2015, during the press days in Geneva.

So why is Mitsubishi pulling an Acura and releasing the same concept multiple times? Apparently it must have received mixed reviews on the initial concept, so it went back to the drawing board to create a more production-ready version with a toned-down look. Whether or not the PHEV II will ever see a showroom is up for debate, but I have a feeling it eventually will.

Continue reading to learn more about the 215 Mitsubishi XR PHEV II Concept.

  • 2015 Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    160
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    25000 (Est.)
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Exterior

2015 Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II High Resolution Exterior
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The Mitsubishi XR PHEV II is basically a continuation of the 2013 XR PHEV that Mitsubishi debuted a while back. While the XR PHEV II does carry most of the same design cues as the original, this one feels a good bit more production-ready. The 2013 concept had no mirrors, a smiling robot-like front fascia, and stubby A-pillars that made the greenhouse look disproportionately small relative to the SUV.

On the second rendition that is set to launch at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, these issues are all fixed. Save for the tiny side-view mirrors, the entire exterior looks like it could be a production vehicle. Unfortunately, we all know that Mitsu would likely not build something this sexy. So, chances are we’ll see the XR PHEV II Concept toned way down if it makes it to production.

Exterior Dimensions

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

There are few details given about the inside and no pictures to look at. In Mitsubishi’s press release it mentions that there will be black and silver hues, a minimalist dashboard, and driver-focused cockpit. Because this is a concept, look for the latest and greatest in technology on the inside too, like large screens and advanced telematics.

Drivetrain

The drivetrain is where I look for the XR PHEV II to make its biggest impact, as this is the wave of the future, and the movement to hybrid and EV powerplants could be the savior for the brand. As its name implies, this concept is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and it produces a decent 163 PS from its electric motor.

This electric motor powers only the front wheels, limiting its capabilities, but at 40 grams of CO2 per km, it is among the best of all PHEVs.

There is no mention of what gasoline engine will make up the dirty side of this drivetrain, but I am fairly certain that it’ll be a small-displacement turbocharged unit to keep its fuel economy as high as possible.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type PHEV system
Battery capacity 12 kWh
Motor output 120 kW (160 HP)
Drivetrain 2WD
CO2 emissions Below 40 g/km

Competition

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid High Resolution Exterior
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Given there are no plug-in hybrid crossovers on the market yet, I am limited in what I can choose as good competition for a potential production version of the XR PHEV II. The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is about the only model that comes to mind in terms or pricing and size.

Under its hood is a 2.0-liter boxer-four engine that mates to an electric motor to produce 160 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. This power routes through a continuously variable transmission that delivers power to all four wheels.

The XV Crosstrek is by no means a speed demon. It can hit 60 mph in about 10 endless seconds, but that is about what I expect from the Mitu. Fuel economy, on the other hand, is great for its class at 30 mpg city and 34 mpg highway – that’s particularly impressive for an all-wheel-drive vehicle.

Conclusion

To resurrect the XR PHEV two years after it first roamed the auto show scene seemed odd at first, but with the modifications done to it, I can see what Mitsu is doing. It is slowly warming the general public up to an electric-powered model. That could end up with Mitsu offering a full lineup of EVs. Chances are that the XR PHEV II will be one of these production vehicles, or at least inspire a future one. We’ll learn more when the model breaks cover at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

  • Leave it
    • A tad underpowered
    • Only front-wheel drive

Press Release

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil the global debut of the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II[1] as well as the European premiere of the L200[2] pick-up truck at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show[3]. The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II is a small SUV powered by a new plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) system and the all-new L200 is due to go on sale in Europe this summer.

2015 Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II High Resolution Exterior
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The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II is a small SUV concept expected to be MMC’s second PHEV following the Outlander PHEV launched in the UK in April, 2014. The new PHEV system presented in the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II is a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency front-engine/front-drive system ideal for an urban crossover. The system is estimated to achieve very low CO2 emissions of below 40 g/km, among the lowest of any PHEV, while also delivering gutsy and smooth performance with excellent response with its 163PS electric motor. The concept model reflects MMC’s focus on electric vehicles in its approach to environmental technologies and is currently developing PHEV systems best suited to each model in its line-up with a view to introducing them in the near future.

The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II is an urban crossover employing a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency front-engine/front-wheel drive PHEV system to achieve superior environmental and road performance.

Exterior

The new XR-PHEV II expresses vibrant dynamism with a silhouette reflecting taut muscularity and a body shape that comprises a character line which sharply cuts into its sides and merges together with the protruding rear fenders.

The front face is inherited from the motif seen historically on the Shogun. The XR-PHEV II’s front face expresses a new “shield” shape to protect people and the car alike by evolving the Shogun’s traditional unique “protection” as the bumpers and underneath extended inward and upward respectively. In addition this front motif is replicated at the rear, featuring a high-mount tail lamp for improved rear visibility.

Interior

The interior expresses fortitude through an aluminium frame that spreads out sideways from the central console which supports the minimalist horizontal instrument panel. It features high contrast in the front part with black-and-silver hues. The cockpit was made to functionally enhance the driver’s focus with controls concentrated in the centre console and in the steering wheel.

PHEV System

The new PHEV system is designed for use in front-engine/front-drive models and comprises a MIVEC engine, a new electric motor/generator and a new power drive unit all mounted up front. The new power drive unit comprises a compact and high-efficiency inverter and variable voltage system to achieve high power and high torque. CO2 emissions reach under 40 g/km when on the move, among the very best in terms of environmental performance for a PHEV. The PHEV system is designed to operate primarily in all-electric mode with the engine acting as a generator or supplying additional motive power when needed. Depending on driving conditions and remaining battery charge, the system automatically switches between all-electric, series hybrid and parallel hybrid modes. By selecting Battery Save or Battery Charge mode, the driver can drive in all-electric mode when they wish to do so. While delivering powerful and sporty performance, the system achieves smooth and elegant motoring with an extremely quiet interior and no transmission shift shock for a further enhancement in driving pleasure.

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