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Mitsubishi previews Concept XR-PHEV II prior to Geneva reveal

The concept builds on the XR-PHEV concept car shown at the Tokyo Motor Show two years ago and shows how the carmaker’s second PHEV model could look.

Design features draw on Shogun motifs such as the front end, which also features a new “shield” shape.

The compact crossover concept uses a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency front-engine/front-drive system designed for an urban crossover and features a 163PS electric motor with a 12kWh battery.

The new PHEV system is designed for use in front-engine/front-drive models and comprises a MIVEC engine, a new 161bhp electric motor/generator and a new power drive unit all mounted up front, giving high power and torque along with CO2 emissions under 40g/km.

The PHEV system is designed to operate primarily in all-electric mode with the engine acting as a generator or supplying additional motive power when needed. Depending on driving conditions and remaining battery charge, the system automatically switches between all-electric, series hybrid and parallel hybrid modes. The driver can also opt for all-electric mode by selecting the Battery Save or Battery Charge functions. 

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