Rumors are constantly brewing in the Mitsubishi world, and the latest ones have it that the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II is coming next. It appears Mitsubishi has opted to stick with the crossover/SUV-oriented themes thanks to the notable success of last year’s Outlander. Mitsubishi has hailed the next XR-PHEV II as having an exciting design with a revived plug-in hybrid and contemporary features.
Mitsubishi showcased its new generation XR-PHEV in a concept form back in the year 2013 at the Tokyo Auto Show. The company will once again be pulling the wraps off the new XR-PHEV II next year at the Geneva Auto Show, and we’ve heard the company has given this project an “Electric Boogaloo code name. The brand has maintained silence regarding the PHEV powertrain, but it likely becomes a 1.1-liter turbo mill.
Apparently, the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Evolution Gran Turismo that Mitsu tossed in a concept form bears a lot of resemblance to the VW GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo. First, they all have long names. Secondly, you can download and play all of them in the Gran Turismo 6. Lastly, all of them have squat hatches with enormous wings.
Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II – Design Features
In terms of the exterior, the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II gets furnished with diagonal door cuts alongside production-centered portals. When you focus your eyes down below, you realize that its wheels have ditched their blingy middles and opted for some more modern and subdued black centers with machined edges.
Its tail lamps have a mounted sail panel, and an illuminated crossbar appears to connect them. Nevertheless, the concept-grade interior is unlikely to appear in the showrooms next year. The cabin area of the incoming XR-PHEV II is set to bring a new and practical design that looks impressive on the road.
The car’s dashboard serves as a home to a vast touchscreen display, and the XR-PHEV II is up to par with modern designs. The steering wheel accommodates dozens of controls, which are comfortable and convenient to access. The other remaining functions reside in proximity to the center console, which is an entirely easy to reach location.
Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II – Engine Rumors
Mitsubishi has also remained silent concerning the type of engine that will appear beneath the hood of the latest Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II. As is indicated in the name, the XR-PHEV II comes as a plug-in hybrid model with a 12-kilowatt/hour battery. The inbound Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid runs exclusively on electric power or in parallel-hybrid or series-hybrid driving modes.
The system automatically chooses the combination of gasoline and electric power to use depending on the driving conditions. However, a driver can select “battery-charge” and “battery-save” modes.
Mitsubishi claims the next Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II will achieve low CO2 emissions running under 40g/km. It will deliver smooth and gutsy performance with its 162-horsepower electric engine. The company is currently developing the plug-in hybrids that suit each of their models in the lineup, and plans are almost ripe for the brand to introduce dozens of new PHEVs in the future.
Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II – MSRP and Debut
The upcoming Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II will cost anywhere between $37,723 and $53,414 including a $6,677 taxpayer subsidy. Finally, expect to find the XR-PHEV II in our showrooms at some point next year. It is likely to show up in April next year.