The current Mitsubishi Outlander is on its last leg, which explains why Mitsubishi is giving it a fresh look before an entirely new model arrives in 2017. There’s still little information about this ‘new model’ but as it turns out, Mitsubishi is giving us a little preview at the Paris Motor Show with the debut of the Outlander PHEV Concept-S.

It’s unlikely that the successor will be called the Outlander because that would go against the premise of the new model taking the Outlander’s place in Mitsubishi’s lineup. Instead, Mitsubishi is promoting the Outlander PHEV Concept-S as a preview of the Outlander PHEV production model, complete with refined design aesthetics that combines the technology of the company’s twin-motor PHEV system with the spirit of a tried and true 4x4 SUV.

We’ll know more about the Outlander PHEV Concept-S at the Paris Motor Show in October. For now, indulge yourselves with these two teaser photos that Mitsubishi graciously sent to our inbox.

Updated 09/22/2014: Mitsubishi unveiled the first official details on the Outlander PHEV Concept-S - a concept model based on the Outlander PHEV 4WD SUV plug-in hybrid vehicle. Details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S.

  • 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    35000 (Est.)
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Exterior

Overall length (mm) 4,760
Overall Width (mm) 1,840
Overall height (mm) 1,700
Wheelbase (mm) 2,670
Occupants 5

Interior

Drivetrain

Powertrain Plug-in Hybrid EV System (2 permanent magnet synchronous motors, Lithimun-ion battery (12kWh), 2.0-liter 4-cyl. DOHC MIVEC gasoline engine)
Drivetrain Twin Motor 4WD

Competitors

Kia Sportage

2014 Kia Sportage High Resolution Exterior
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It says a lot about the rise of Kia and Hyundai that you have a once-proud brand like Mitsubishi angling to take a pound of flesh off of its Korean rivals.

In the case of the Outlander PHEV Concept-S (or the production model that will be created from it) Kia’s pound of flesh could come from the Sportage.

If this Mitsubishi crossover has plans to challenge the Sportage, it’s going to have to compete with the Kia’s engine versatility. The Sportage has a base 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts down 182 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. It also has a a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-pot with 260 horses and 269 pound-feet of twist.

Let’s hope Mitsubishi’s PHEV system can throw in the vicinity of those numbers without losing its touted efficiency.

Mazda CX-5

2014 Mazda CX-5 High Resolution Exterior
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The Mazda CX-5 has done a good job ingratiating itself into a crossover market that already has its share of suitable competitors. And since the Outlander PHEV Concept-S is a concept of a possible future production model, it’s hard to make out an ideal comparison between the two.

But give credit to Mitsubishi for continuing the fight despite lagging behind in appeal compared to its more established Japanese rivals. I’m just hoping that whatever production version comes out of this concept has the appeal that can give the CX-5 and the rest of the crossover market something to be really scared about.

Press Release

The Outlander PHEV Concept-S is a concept model presenting a special design package for the production Outlander PHEV. The exterior and interior design are created under "Sporty and Sophisticated" design theme. The design expresses driving pleasure by delivering powerful and agile driving performance as well as quiet, advanced and high quality driving performance provided by its Twin Motor 4WD and Plug-in Hybrid EV System.

(1) Exterior

Meant to symbolise the functionality and reassuring safety inherent to Mitsubishi Motors’ SUVs, the front end design shields the Three-Diamond mark with bold chromed accent mouldings on either side – a three dimensional effect – in a further suggestion of motion. Wraparound headlamps contribute themselves to a sense of dynamism sweeping gently up and outwards.

This “protective theme” continues at the rear where similar symbolic chrome accents – topped by elongated combination lamps – run from tailgate to wings meant to express dynamic and innovative styling as if bracing the vehicle for better safety. The body colour uses a brilliant “Platinum White” with glass flake finish.

(2) Interior

Contrary to the sparkling exterior design, the “Black & Burgundy” colour scheme interior design offers a refined quality passenger compartment.

In particular, Concept-S’ interior design makes use of painstakingly executed detailing to express precision, quality, craftsmanship and sophistication such as:

  • Black wood grain trim with silver accent
  • The centre console designed inspired by Japanese traditional black lacquered boxes
  • Soft fine leather, hand-stitched by craftsmen selected for the seat upholstery

Furthermore, the seat upholstery forms a three-dimensional surface with horizontally-ribbed cushioning provides superior fit, while the use of trimming lines is formed so as to gently follow the body contours holds occupants snugly in place.

Silver accents of the trimming lines, curving around the seat, further enhance the perceived quality of the interior.

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