Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), together with Mitsubishi Motor Sales (China) Co., Ltd., GAC Mitsubishi Motors Co., Ltd., and South East (Fujian) Motor Co., Ltd., will be exhibiting at Auto Shanghai 2015 (The 16th International Automobile & Manufacturing Technology exhibition*1 ) two PHEV concept cars with full SUV functionality and designs epitomizing occupant reassurance and which indicate the direction automobile building will take at MMC in the near future: the MITSUBISHI Concept XR*2-PHEV II and the Outlander PHEV Concept-S(making its Asian market debut).
The MITSUBISHI Concept XR-PHEV II is a concept for a compact SUV powered by a new plug-in hybrid EV system (PHEV). The Outlander PHEV Concept-S is a concept based on the Outlander PHEV, the world’s first PHEV four-wheel drive SUV. Joining these on the MMC’s stand will be a number of MMC cars produced in and sold in the China market, bringing the total of exhibits up to 15.
*1 For more information please visit http://autoshanghai.auto-fairs.com/ (English)
*2 XR stands for X (crossover) Runner. A stylish crossover model which nimbly negotiates roads in towns and cities.
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 Pajero. The XR-PHEV II’s front face expresses a new “Dynamic Shield” concept to protect people and the car alike by evolving the Pajero’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.
The interior expresses fortitude through an aluminum 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 center console and in the steering wheel.
|L x W x H||4490 mm x 1890 mm x 1620 mm|
|Battery capacity||12 kWh|
|Motor output||120 kW (163 ps)|
|CO2 emissions||Below 40 g/km|
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 plug-in hybrid vehicle.
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.
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.
Meant to symbolize the functionality and reassuring safety inherent to Mitsubishi Motors’ SUVs, the front end design shields the Three-Diamond mark with bold chromed accent moldings 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 color uses a brilliant “Platinum White” with glass flake finish.
Contrary to the sparkling exterior design, the “Black & Burgundy” color 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:
Furthermore, the seat upholstery forms a three-dimensional surface with horizontally-ribbed cushioning providing superior fit, while the use of trimming lines is formed so as to gently follow the body contours holding occupants snugly in place.
Silver accents of the trimming lines, curving around the seat, further enhance the perceived quality of the interior.
|L x W x H||4760 mm x 1840 mm x 1700 mm|
|Battery capacity||12 kWh|
|Engine||2.0L 4-cyl DOHC MIVEC gasoline engine|
|Drivetrain||Twin motor 4WD|