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The plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept has been unveiled at the Tokyo motor show, previewing the Japanese car maker’s vision for its next-generation Mitsubishi ASX.

With a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) system derived from the Outlander PHEV powering the front wheels, the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept’s powertrain comprises a 100kW 1.1-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, a 120kW motor with a high-boost converter, and a 14kWh battery positioned under the floor.

With EV as the standard drive mode, the XR-PHEV’s powertrain can automatically select from two other modes ‒ Series Hybrid and Parallel Hybrid – depending on driving conditions. Mitsubishi claims a ‘plug-in cruising range’ of more than 85km.

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Solar panels built into the roof of the subcompact SUV act to charge the auxiliary equipment battery, while adaptive headlamps and an adjustable rear spoiler join the concept’s list of advanced features.

Measuring 75mm longer, 100mm wider and 55mm lower than the current ASX, the four-seat Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept is aimed at combining SUV functionality with sport coupe looks.

Mitsubishi describes the design cue for the concept’s form as “a track athlete crouched in the blocks and ready to explode into action”.

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Inside the red and black themed driver-oriented cockpit – which the Japanese car maker says is “designed to stimulate sporty driving” – are bucket seats, a digital dash display and a range of connected car technologies.

Active safety in the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept comprises adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, collision mitigation, blind spot assist, and an unintentional vehicle move-off control system that detects mistaken use of the accelerator and restrains the car by limiting engine power.

The XR-PHEV concept is currently on show in Tokyo alongside two other hybrid-powered SUV concepts, the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV and Mitsubishi AR.

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