Mitsubishi's current Outlander Sport has done a yeoman's job since it came on the market for the 2011 model year. The affordable crossover has been one of the few bright spots in the perennially troubled automaker's lineup – it's the brand's best seller in the US and sales are up nearly 40 percent this year. The compact CUV has become an increasingly important part of the Mitsubishi lineup, which is why you should pay attention to this XR-PHEV Concept – it's said to presage the next-generation model.

Stylistically, this is a pretty bold little CUV, with a striking face framed by brazen zig-zags of chrome that underline the narrow headlamps and frame the massive lower fascia. The profile has a dramatically tapered greenhouse with deep sheetmetal contours and a funky blacked-out A-pillar that emphasizes the hood's height. The rear end is no less dramatic, with dual-pane rear tailgate with a particularly fast rake.

As shown here, the XR-PHEV (pronounced "Cross Runner") is a four-seat CUV that motivates its front wheels through a turbocharged 1.1-liter, three-cylinder engine with 134 horsepower paired with a 120-kW electric motor. In pure-electric mode, the 14-kWh battery is said to be good for 52 miles of cruising range and the combined fuel economy bogey is 66 miles per gallon on Japan's lenient testing cycle.

How much of this front-wheel drive hybrid's design carries over to the next Outlander Sport is anyone's guess, but the plan is for the model to arrive within the next three years and be available in both gas-only and plug-in hybrid formats, not unlike its big brother, the Outlander.


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CONCEPT XR-PHEV

Nimble, smart and highly protective, the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV boasts an athletic body with dynamic front-to-side character lines. Its newly developed FF-type Plug-in Hybrid EV System and more advanced active safety technology, made possible by Connected Car technology, deliver excellent agility, safety and eco performance. It's a unique and spirited urban driving encounter.
Experience the reliability and satisfaction of driving the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV.

CONNECTED
The incorporated Connected Car technology brings greater peace of mind. By accurately updating driving information, it supports eco driving and provides predictive maintenance and repair advice, letting drivers focus on driving so they can fully enjoy the driving experience.

FF PHEV SYSTEM
Based on our renowned EV technology, this FF-type Plug-in Hybrid EV System is configured with a 1.1-liter inline 3-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine. Mounting the engine and motor in front reduces power loss to realize higher performance and eco-friendliness. The vehicle also automatically selects the optimum driving mode (EV Drive Mode, Series Hybrid Mode or Parallel Hybrid Mode) depending on conditions.

SPECIFICATION : CONCEPT XR-PHEV
■Overall length / Overall width / Overall height (mm): 4370 / 1870 / 1570 ■Seating capacity: 4 ■Targeted hybrid fuel consumption: 28 km/L or more ■Targeted EV cruising distance: 85 km or more ■Engine type: 1.1-liter inline 3-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine / Max. output: 100 kW / Fuel type: Gasoline ■Motor: Max. output: 120 kW ■Total battery electric power: 14 kWh ■Wheel drive: 2WD (FF) ■Transmission: Transaxle


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the funky distinctive Japanese designs. They might look wild but that's what's great about them. I hope the Nissan partnership proves successful for Mitsubishi.
      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally a car that looks like the future!!!! I am tired of 2013 cars that look barely different from their predecessors.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh, Mitsubishi can do Evoque too!
      rudefyet
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shut up and take my money!
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Evoke really set the trend for crossovers in concept and final products for luxury CUVs. All hail the Evoke!
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        "Evoke"? You mean the Evoque, that overpriced Land Rover model. It was the most expensive 4 cylinder vehicle in America when it went on sale with the Ford EcoBoost in it. I am sure the CLA AMG now wears that crown, but at least it has a high performance engine not found in a Ford hot hatch for tens of thousands less. The Evoque was bought up by clueless women evoked by the Evoque's design. However, the car is a mall crawler. It's far from anything worth hailing.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GR
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          dearest rat
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GR
          Overpriced, yes. But don't knock the engine! It's a solid piece of engineering. I don't mind the trend of premium vehicles with 4 cylinders. As Americans, we've been raised on the bigger/more is better mentality, so this helps balance automakers' engine lineups for future MPG requirements. Widespread use of smaller, more powerful/efficient engines, so we can still have our V8s!
      Michael D. Mitchell
      • 1 Year Ago
      This actually looks better than that angled monstrosity from Lexus...
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael D. Mitchell
        Yeah, but then again, everything looks better than the LF-NX.
      chicagovet
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not go all the way, designers, and just replace what little glass remains with cameras?
        foxtrot685
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chicagovet
        They could've and it would have been okay... This is a CONCEPT vehicle, not a production vehicle. It could've had no windows at all...
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      a tiger grinning like an idiot while on morphine.... terrible...
      ngiotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is shockingly ugly.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yawn. Mitsu still exists??
        racrac
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        Yahn???!!!! Exists and its doing wonderful things apparently. This thing is gorgeous and very futuristic Cant understand why they dont produce those concepts instead of the small boring cars they keep offering.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @racrac
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      Vwfanatic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great color, lousy design - pick a theme and stick with it. Too many lines, angles, and design dead ends. Could be the final nail in Mitsubishi's US market coffin.
        foxtrot685
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vwfanatic
        Please. Do you know how many "final nails in the coffin" Mitsubishi has had over the years?? Some were saying this company was dead way back to the 1st gen diamanté.
          foxtrot685
          • 1 Year Ago
          @foxtrot685
          They turned their ships around and are now making competitive vehicles in many segments. 2 out of 3 of them needed a bailout, but they are still here and profitable. Did your story have a point or something???
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vwfanatic
        It's a concept car. No chance whatsoever that a production vehicle will look like this.
          foxtrot685
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          People said the same thing about the 4th gen Eclipse concept...
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Honey, I Shrunk the Urus, coming to an auto show near you in 2013." Also known as, "Lamborghini called. They want their crossover concept back."
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