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Mitsubishi Plug-In Hybrid Crossover Concept Bound for Geneva

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/27/2015 Eric Weiner

There are still a like of what-ifs clinging the Mitsubishi's continued presence here in the U.S, and the automaker hasn’t been helping its case with production delays and unfulfilled promises. Mitsubishi has previously indicated a future strategy focusing on plug-in hybrid SUVs and crossovers as the crux of its brand re-imagination, and apparently the next phase of that effort will be a compact crossover concept slated for the Geneva auto show.

Mitsubishi released two teaser photos of the upcoming plug-in hybrid concept car, but you don’t even have to squint to spot the company’s earlier XR-PHEV concept poorly veiled in shadow. The XR-PHEV first debuted at the 2013 Paris auto show (appearing later that year at the Tokyo and Los Angeles shows), focusing on fuel efficiency, low emissions, and lightweight construction. Presumably, this new model would slot in below the Outlander plug-in hybrid.


Mitsubishi Geneva Hybrid Crossover Concept Teaser© Provided by MotorTrend Mitsubishi Geneva Hybrid Crossover Concept Teaser Although Mitsubishi is calling the debut of the front-wheel-drive hybrid concept a “declaration of intent,” the company's recent struggles to deliver that make this seem like a hollow gesture.

The timeline for the arrival of the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid to U.S. showrooms is still unconfirmed, with deliveries now expected for late 2015 or early 2016, after the model hit the global market in January 2013. The Outlander plug-in uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a pair of 60-kWh electric motors and a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery.

Also on deck for Mitsubishi is a rumored successor to the Montero SUV (globally known as the Pajero), which could possibly debut at the Chicago auto show next month. Mitsubishi released a teaser photo claiming the “return of a legend,” and it's expected the new Montero will draw from the GC-PHEV concept from the 2013 Tokyo show.

Currently, Mitsubushi’s best seller in the U.S. is the Outlander Sport, which sold 31,054 units in 2014. While that’s a not totally insignificant number considering Mitsubishi’s national footprint, there’s no doubt it needs to start completing its goals to make waves in the plug-in hybrid arena if it hopes to stick around for the long haul.

Source: Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Geneva Hybrid Crossover Concept Teaser 2© Provided by MotorTrend Mitsubishi Geneva Hybrid Crossover Concept Teaser 2

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