Mitsubishi concept cars are some of the most exciting vehicles in the auto industry today. Part of that reason is the fact Mitsubishi is pursuing a technology few other automakers can offer – they are looking at building Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles or PHEV for short. Most of these PHEV Mitsubishi cars are concepts, but the Outlander PHEV proves that the technology is functional and applicable to the real world.
In addition to the Outlander PHEV, 2 of the seven Mitsubishi concepts we’ll they’ve previously spotlighted are PHEVs. We’re talking about the Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV and Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV.
The Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV is a planned next-gen full-size SUV with 4WD. According to Mitsubishi’s website this PHEV will be a front engine, rear-wheel drive model with its PHEV system being comprised of a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged MIVEC engine paired with a high-output motor and a high-capacity battery. It will be built with an 8-speed automatic transmission and should be able to offer all-terrain performance like few other SUVs can.
In addition to off-road performance, Mitsubishi is featuring their advanced safety technology in this concept. The Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV offers both active and passive safety technologies as well as advanced connected car tech that utilizes next-generation information systems. Functionalities of these safety features and connected technologies include a “danger detection system which activates the corresponding safety functions and a failure/malfunction early-detection system which urges the driver to seek repairs or other maintenance when necessary,” according to the Mitsubishi concept page.
Like the GC-PHEV, the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV is a next-generation SUV as well. However, the XR-PHEV is more of a crossover and compact SUV, being developed to take driving pleasure to new levels without sacrificing any of the amenities you’d expect to get in an SUV and while offering unparalleled fuel economy.
To achieve that high fuel economy mark, the “Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV uses a front engine, front-wheel drive layout PHEV system that is configured with a downsized 1.1-liter direct-injection turbocharged MIVEC engine and a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency motor with a high-capacity battery,” as stated on the concept page of Mitsubishi’s website.
Like its larger counterpart, the XR-PHEV is also a chance for Mitsubishi to show off impressive safety and convenience technologies. The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV will also feature the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation's active safety technologies and connected car tech.