Two PHEV Concepts For Mitsubishi In Geneva

Mitsubishi brought to Geneva two PHEV concepts that were originally unveiled November 2013 at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show: the Concept XR-PHEV and the Concept GC-PHEV

Concept XR-PHEV

The Concept XR-PHEV (XR for “X (cross) over Runner”) is a C-Segment crossover concept using Mitsubishi Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) powertrain in a front-wheel drive layout. Mitsubishi stated this concept blends SUV functionality with sport coupe design – a sharp expression of driving pleasure.

X-2014022815555569658The Concept XR-PHEV uses a lightweight front-wheel drive PHEV system derived from the system used to power the Outlander PHEV.

In this new configuration, Mitsubishi said this PHEV powertrain is made of a 1.1-liter in-line 3-cylinder MIVEC turbocharged gasoline engine; a single (instead of two for the Outlander PHEV) 120 kilowatt lightweight, compact and high-efficiency electric motor with a high-boost converter at the front; and a high-capacity 14 kilowatt-hour battery under the floor. Mitsubishi added the boost converter increases motor and generator output and efficiency.

100 percent EV driving is possible through use of the concept’s Battery Charge Mode or Battery Save Mode.

Concept GC-PHEV

The Concept GC-PHEV (GC for “Grand Cruiser”) is a full-time 4WD full-size SUV concept, fitted with an advanced plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) powertrain.

Mitsubishi stated true to a long line of 4WD Mitsubishi vehicles that started in 1936 with the PX33, the Concept GC-PHEV expresses Mitsubishi’s contemporary vision for a large, robust and powerful SUV able to pamper its passengers in utmost safety over all sorts of terrains for work or leisure, with the lowest possible environmental impact.

The Concept GC-PHEV is said by Mitsubishi to feature a plug-in hybrid electric system to provide the level of powerful, solid and satisfying driving experience expected from a full-size SUV, yet with the lowest possible environmental impact taken for granted today.

X-2014022814591214481In this case, the PHEV powertrain is made of a 3.0-litre V6 super-charged MIVEC gasoline engine, a clutch, an 8-speed automatic transmission, a 250 kilowatt electric motor and a 12 kilowatt-hour battery. The battery is installed under the rear cargo floor for better front/rear weight distribution.

As with the Outlander PHEV, this new PHEV system automatically switches automatically between pure EV Mode and Hybrid Mode(s) depending on driving conditions, remaining battery charge and other factors.

Originally introduced with Lancer Evolution and then extended to Outlander PHEV, Mitsubishi Motors’ advanced Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system – working mainly by controlling torque distribution to and braking effort at each wheel – has been optimized for the Concept GC-PHEV to provide handling that accurately reflects driver intent together with rock-steady vehicle stability.

Mitsubishi explained in this new application, S-AWC is based on a full-time 4WD system including a rear differential and an Electronically-controlled Limited Slip Differential (LSD) at the front, adding another Electronically-controlled Limited Slip Differential in the centre as well as an Electric-Active Yaw Control (E-AYC) unit at the rear. The latter uses torque from the electric motor to precisely control torque distribution to each rear wheel, providing excellent vehicle stability.

Furthermore, low range – to be used off road – is obtained through a centrally-mounted Sub-Transmission unit, acting as transfer case.

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