This year's Paris Motor Show has provided a launching pad for some incredible machinery. Highlights include a Ducati-powered Volkswagen, a hybrid Lamborghini and a four-door Audi TT. Among the interesting and expensive cars from Europe's finest, Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi has revealed its Outlander PHEV Concept-S, a special design package for its hybrid SUV.
Changes to the standard Outlander begin with the styling, where Mitsubishi has aimed for a "sporty and sophisticated" look. Up front, the car has chromed grille accents and a prominent badge, while Mitsubishi claims that the new wraparound headlamps contribute to a sense of dynamism. The car's wide set of combination tail lights are coupled with more chrome highlighting, to keep with the styling theme set at the front.
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Mitsubishi also claims that the interior was crafted with a focus on "precision, quality, craftsmanship and sophistication." Silver accented, black woodgrain trim is used on the dashboard, contributing to a design aimed at replicating Japanese traditional black lacquered boxes, while the use of hand stitched leather also contributes to a high-end interior ambiance.
Power for the show car is provided by the twin-motor plug-in hybrid system from a standard Outlander PHEV. The powertrain combines a 2.0-liter petrol engine making 89 kW (121 hp) and 190 Nm (133 lb.ft) of torque with an electric motor on each axle. Up front, the electric motor produces 60 kW (82 hp) and 137 Nm (101 lb.ft) while the rear motor is putting out the same amount of power, with an extra 53 Nm of torque for good measure. The electric motors are powered by a 12 kWh battery.
There is no word on whether the Concept-S styling upgrades will make an appearance on production Outlanders. For now, the changes are exclusive to the concept shown in Paris.
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