Mitsubishi’s Outlander Concept-S hints at new PHEV’s look
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S plug-in hybrid has been revealed in the first official picture. It can be readily distinguished from the mainstream Outlander by the chromed mouldings which flank the front grille and a pair of wraparound headlights. More chrome details are at the rear.
Mitsubishi describe the Outlander Concept-S design theme as “sporty and sophisticated”. Judging by the limited details provided in the picture, we can vouch that it is a massive improvement in styling and material quality over the standard Outlander.
Power is derived from the plug-in hybrid that is used on the standard Outlander. This means a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine has been mated to two electric motors with a 12kWh battery.
Whereas the current model gets a narrow, squinting look, the Concept S gets a more vertical design that gets an updated version of the horizontal grille which leads to reshaped headlights. Lower down, however, is where the bigger changes can be found. There is a more integrated air dam that draws the eye thanks to the black and chrome accents. Although no pictures have been officially unveiled of the rear, Mitsubishi says that the back end gets similar upgrades with new lights and shining trim running the whole width of the tailgate.
Inside, the styling improvements continue. Although no pictures have been released of the cabin, Mitsubishi say that the passenger accommodation features black wood grain trim and silver accents throughout whilst the centre console has been inspired by Japanese black lacquer boxes. The seats are covered in burgundy hand-stitched leather with horizontal ribs.
The Outlander Concept-S could be the evidence required to support the view that it is pointing the way towards the Outlander PHEV’s future look. A camouflaged model has already been spotted testing in Europe.
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