Auto shows are often just great big teases for car fans. We get to see vehicles that will likely never hit the road, unnecessarily escalating our excitement and prompting our imaginations. The Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II is rumored to be a potential exception after its debut at last week’s Geneva Auto Show.
While we probably won’t see this exact vehicle, there are indications that it could be a prelude to a compact crossover that will lie in size somewhere between the Outlander Sport and the Outlander. The manufacturer has found recent success with their Outlander line so it makes sense for them to work towards a compact SUV rather than trying to get back into the midsized-sedan segment.
It’s probably not a coincidence that they also showed their new plug-in hybrid powertrain that has been their focus for the last couple of years.
“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,” said Mitsubishi. “Depending on driving conditions and remaining battery charge, the system automatically switches between all-electric, series hybrid and parallel hybrid modes. By selecting Battery Save or Battery Charge mode, the driver can drive in all-electric mode when they wish to do so.”
Whether we see a Mistubishi compact crossover next year is still up in the air, but we almost certainly see one in the future. Could this be the look that hits the road?