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Mitsubishi XR-PHEV: Affordable Plug-In SUV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been a sales success in Europe. Now the company is looking to introduce a small plug-in SUV dubbed the XR-PHEV.

Published: 20-Mar-2015

As Mitsubishi USA chief engineer for regulatory compliance David Patterson tells EV World, Japan's sixth largest carmaker is staking its future on the growth of plug-in electric hybrids in the wake of the success of its Outlander PHEV in Europe.

With a 'soft date' introduction for the Outlander PHEV in North America for April 2016, the company is looking beyond that model to other platforms into which I can integrate its electric hybrid drive, which offers up to 25 miles of EV-mode driving range and a combined range in hybrid-mode of 510 miles. It debuted its GC-Concept PHEV at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, as well as in Geneva this year, but now yet another plug-in concept has emerged: the XR-PHEV.

Considered a 'baby' SUV in the UK, the XR-PHEV could sticker out at half the price of the Outlander, at least in Britain, where the bigger model can run nearly £40,000 or nearly $60,000USD. The UK's Daily Mail speculates the XR could cost somewhere closer to £20,000. On the EV-side of the drive system, it would sport a 163 bhp electric motor, delivering in combined mode the equivalent of 148 mpg and CO2 emissions of 44g/km.

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