Mitsubishi Motors unveils concept XR-PHEV II Compact SUV
February 26, 2015
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil the global debut of the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEVII at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show. The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEVII is a small SUV powered by a new Plug-in Hybrid EV (PHEV) system and is expected to be MMC’s second PHEV following the Outlander PHEV launched in January 2013.
The new PHEV system presented in the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEVII is a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency front-engine, front-drive system ideal for a compact SUV.
The system is estimated to achieve very low CO2 emissions of below 40g/km – among the lowest of any PHEV – while also delivering gutsy and smooth performance with excellent response with its 120kW 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 new XR-PHEVII 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 merging with the protruding rear fenders. The front face is inherited from the motif seen historically on the Pajero. The XR-PHEVII’s front face expresses a new “shield” shape by evolving the Pajero’s traditional bumper design 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 aluminium frame that spreads out sideways from the central console which supports the minimalist horizontal instrument panel. It features high contrast instrument panel complete 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.
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 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. 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 motoring with an extremely quiet interior and no transmission shift shock further enhancing the driving experience.