LOS ANGELES: Mitsubishi has made plenty of good vehicles over the years, but this time it has brought this angular plug-in hybrid crossover XR-PHEV to the LA Auto Show.
This futuristic next-generation compact crossover blends the functionality of an SUV, the dramatic, eye-catching appeal and performance of a sports coupe and the drivetrain of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) into one.
The stylized and modern driver-focused cabin is highly refined, technologically-advanced and comfortable for all of the vehicle’s occupants. In addition to its futuristic design both inside and out, the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept features a host of next-generation active safety system technologies and its eco-friendly PHEV drivetrain offers sports car-like performance and exceptional fuel economy because of its Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology.
MiEV technology is showcased in Mitsubishi’s production cars including the highly innovative 100% electric-powered Mitsubishi i-MiEV – the most affordably-priced EV available in America today – and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV that is proving popular with both consumers and the media overseas.
The motive force for this concept-car creation by Mitsubishi Motors comes in the form of a front engine/front-wheel drive gasoline-powered 1.1-liter inline-3-cylinder turbocharged engine (134 horsepower/100 kW) paired with a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency electric motor (161 horsepower/121 kW) with a high-boost converter and a main drive lithium-ion battery pack with storage capacity of 14 kWh (located beneath the floor of the cabin).
The XR-PHEV Concept has been equipped with a Mitsubishi Motors advanced “connected car” technology that makes use of the next-generation information systems. The connected car systems not only provide an additional level of information and driving-related logistics in a convenient and easy-to-use system, but they can potentially reduce the risk of accidents involving other drivers as well as pedestrians/cyclists by keeping the driver better informed about traffic signal status and vehicles and objects surrounding their vehicle.