Production-spec Mitsubishi XR PHEV to launch next year – Report
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A diesel-powered variant in the works too.
According to a report from Livedoor blog, Mitsubishi will launch the production version of the Mitsubishi XR PHEV concept next year. The concept was first unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, followed by the reveal of the improved version – dubbed the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II – for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
It’s unclear if the production version will capture the aggression and dynamic styling of the Concept XR-PHEV II. Featuring Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield front fascia, it is expected to get a healthy dosage of chrome accents and prominent character lines. The concept measures 4,490 mm in length, 1,890 mm in width, and 1,620 mm in height. The wheelbase is 2,670 mm long, and the PHEV II can seat four.
The report states that Mitsubishi is working on a diesel-powered variant, although no details currently exist on the engine powering it. A PHEV model is also under development, which couples a direct injection turbo engine with an electric motor(s). The concept model was powered by a MIVEC petrol engine mated to an electric motor, which makes 163 PS and emits less than 40 grams of CO2 per km.
This will be the second PHEV model to go official, after the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II – Image Gallery
[Source: Livedoor blog]