Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept for Paris 2014Already a hit in the rest of the world, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid is not coming to the US until late next year. That gives Mitsu plenty of time to upgrade the SUV to the next-generation model, and we might be getting a glimpse of what the US-speck Outlander PHEV will look like at the Paris Motor Show in early October. Take a look at the new "Sporty and Sophisticated" Outlander PHEV Concept-S that Mitsubishi is teasing in two dark images today.

Mitsubishi says that what's being teased here is simply part of a "special package" that "magnifies the Outlander PHEV's unique driving experience." But, the last time Mitsubishi showed off an Outlander PHEV concept – at the 2012 Paris show – the production model ended up looking quite a bit like the show version. With aggressive lines all over the front fascia and bold strokes across the rear, the new concept certainly looks a lot better than the current model. We don't expect all of this auto show pizazz to make the final cut, but we like the direction that Mitsubishi is going here, extending the design language from the Outlander XR PHEV and GC-PHEV concepts from last year's Tokyo show. We should know more when we get to Paris on October 2nd. Until then, click on the images to get a better view and check out Mitsubishi's press release below.
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Mitsubishi Motors Europe issued the following news release at 6:00 pm on September 2, 2014.

Paris, September 2, 2014 - Two years after it premiered its successful Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid electric Twin Motor SUV/crossover at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has elected the "Mondial de L'Automobile" again – this time to unveil another PHEV vehicle: Outlander PHEV Concept-S.

Sporty & Sophisticated
The Outlander PHEV Concept-S is a concept model MMC proposes as a special package of the Outlander PHEV production model that has a refined interior and exterior design that magnifies the Outlander PHEV's unique driving experience.

The Outlander PHEV Concept-S takes "Sporty and Sophisticated" as the theme for its design. This refined design expresses the unique combination of spirited 4x4 performance from its twin-motor PHEV system, soothing silent running, and superior on-road performance.


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      Spec
      • 3 Months Ago
      They realize they have a hit on their hands and they are trying to make the most of it. Well done. The best part about this is that it will force the hands of the other automakers to start building their own SUV/CUV plug-in hybrids.
        futurecars
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Spec
        yep there is one next Automaker , their EV partner nissan, question is if we are going to get them here?
      Jonathan Ippolito Ga
      • 3 Months Ago
      Nice rendering I hope the actual concept looks this good .
      masejaz
      • 3 Months Ago
      Front looks like Mazda CX7
      MechE
      • 3 Months Ago
      It's painful to watch Mitsubishi try.
        GR
        • 3 Months Ago
        @MechE
        There's really nothing wrong with Mitsubishi vehicles. It's their management that blows. This PHEV Outlander is actually critically acclaimed in markets it's sold in and has participated in some offroad rallys with little modification. Given the unpopularity of the current Outlander's "Storm Trooper" face, it was actually a wise move for Mitsubishi to redesign the Outlander PHEV for a US debut. Despite all the hating people love to dish towards Mitsubishi (a lot of it warranted too), I think this SUV should be pretty good.
        Actionable Mango
        • 3 Months Ago
        @MechE
        You mean it's painful to watch them try to keep up with all the unexpected demand? Such high demand that they repeatedly have to delay entry into new markets in order to satisfy existing markets? Yes, yes it is!
        DaveMart
        • 3 Months Ago
        @MechE
        'Try' as in have a runaway success in every market the Outlander PHEV is on sale in?
      scooter
      • 3 Months Ago
      will the US-speck model be a miniature of the global version?
        GR
        • 3 Months Ago
        @scooter
        Mitsubishi is filling a need for AWD PHEV SUVs for ants.
      TopGun
      • 3 Months Ago
      I'd live to know why GM has not made a Voltec CUV - it'd be great...you'd truely need only the one vehicle.
        Spec
        • 3 Months Ago
        @TopGun
        This has been my theory: They don't want to make a Voltec SUV/CUV because that would reduce sales of their much more profitable conventional ICE SUVs/CUVs. But now that Mitz is making one, perhaps GM will be forced it making one.
          Spec
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Spec
          Exactly. BTW, did you see that the 'mats are touring? (A little bit.) It is Paul & Tommy only though. (Bob's dead, Slim had a stroke, and Chris Mars is not interested.)
          paulywesterberg
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Spec
          GM Management: We will do the right thing after exhausting all other options.
      Karfreek
      • 3 Months Ago
      Am I the only one who feels bad for a person driving a Mitsubishi? I hate when the rental company's try to give me one, I have to explain why I don't want it to someone who just does not get it.
        GR
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Karfreek
        They don't get it because you make no sense. Honestly, people like you are judging the car merely on the brand logo. Had someone taken the logo off, slapped on a Toyota emblem, and let you drive it, you'd have no clue. Mitsubishi as a company is lackluster because of poor management. Their cars themselves are not that bad. I see a lot of old Mitsubishis still running.
        jimmy_james44
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Karfreek
        The Outlander hybrid is the most sophisticated hybrid design out there for an SUV.
      Jonathan Ippolito Ga
      • 3 Months Ago
      You are supose to chose your car based on how well it drives and how much you enjoy in not based on what brand it is .
      FREEPAT75014
      • 3 Months Ago
      This is a GREAT IDEA that could solve current PHEV model drawbacks ! For me, chasing for 2 years a PHEV SUV with a good all electric mode, this Outlander PHEV was "on paper" the best design available so far. Only problem was when I saw it for real at last Paris Motorshow and found it "poor looking"...., at least for me considering a BMW X6 or X4 or a Porsche Macan sport SUV coupé formfactor. Price tag and specs were all great, but I could just not drive such a poor looking SUV. So this concept could change that... Then I would have appreciated a larger battery (Ideal 30KWH to ensure one charge every 2 x days to make all my 65 to 100KM/day local commutes in all electric mode, so battery lasts much longer (up to 20 years with 3000 x cycles and 1 charge every 2 x days, making resale value of used car very high !), and a slightly more powerfull electric motor too (Ideal 200KW of power for the all electric mode, possibly split across 2 x motors). But honestly for me the look was the main problem.... So improving it could make me reconsider it as all Germans have decided to play games with ridiculous PHEV SUVs costing fortunes > €100K, while set with ridiculous all electric modes and meaningless
      roar
      • 3 Months Ago
      Mitsubishi has a great plan. What most people do not realize is how devastating Chrysler BK was to Mitsu in the U.S., it cost them billions. Now the company is back on it's feet and has money for R&D and new products. It will never be a huge brand in the U.S., they do not intend to be big here, 125,000 to 150,000 units a year will work nicely.
      jimmy_james44
      • 3 Months Ago
      Sales 101: Variations on the Theme.
      Bavarian818
      • 3 Months Ago
      "Ass-End" - In collaboration with Lincoln!!!
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