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Mitsubishi teases new plug-in hybrid SUV concept

Luke Wilkinson 2019-09-18 16:30

Mitsubishi will launch a new plug-in hybrid SUV concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in October

Mitsubishi will launch a new plug-in hybrid compact SUV concept at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The Japanese brand is yet to release any information about the concept’s styling and powertrain but, like the Engelberg Tourer concept from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, it seems to be little more than a design exercise.

Judging by Mitsubishi’s shadowy teaser image, its new compact SUV concept will feature a bold separated twin-pod cabin design. Up front, we expect to find LED headlights and a flamboyant interpretation of Mitsubishi’s “dynamic shield” radiator grille and bumper design, similar to that seen on the Engelberg Tourer.

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Mitsubishi says the concept will be powered by a “downsized, lower-weight plug-in hybrid EV powertrain” and an electric four-wheel-drive system. As such, we don’t expect it will feature the same 2.4-litre four-cylinder PHEV system as the Outlander, opting instead for a powertrain based around the 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine from the Eclipse Cross.

Like the Outlander, Mitsubishi’s new concept SUV will feature an electric four-wheel-drive system. There won’t be a physical connection between the front and rear axles with the front wheels likely to be powered by the combustion engine, while the rear wheels will be driven by an electric motor.

What do you make of Mitusbishi’s new compact SUV concept? Let us know in the comments section below…

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