The Japanese company is starting to bet its fortunes on the PHEV factor – which means the concepts presented in Tokyo and now in Geneva, all plug-in hybrid electric vehicles could soon join the series Outlander PHEV.
Last year’s Tokyo Motor Show was assaulted by not less than three PHEV concepts – AR, GC and XR and Mitsubishi brought them to see European soil as well. Also on display was the already launched Outlander PHEV, equipped with a hybrid setup consisting of a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter gasoline engine, two electric motors (one front and one in the back) and a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery – the average fuel consumption being a good 1.6 liters/100 km.
Speaking of the other three concepts, the AR (Active Runabout) is Mitsubishi’s take on a new crossover MPV in the compact class, while the XR (Cross Runner) is the Japanese take on a compact crossover and looks the best of the bunch. Both are powered by a setup consisting of a battery of high capacity, coupled to a high-efficiency electric motor working in conjunction with a direct-injection 1.1-liter turbo engine.
The last one, the GC (Grand Cruiser), is Mitsubishi’s vision of a future full-size SUV – the full-time AWD system is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while power comes from a hybrid couple consisting of a high-output electric motor and its battery pack, joined by a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged gasoline engine.