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Mitsubishi dresses Outlander PHEV in fancy Concept-S attire for Paris

Up front, the Concept-S is sporting wraparound headlamps (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
Up front, the Concept-S is sporting wraparound headlamps (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Outlander PHEV Concept-S showcases design changes to Mitsubishi's hybrid SUV (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Outlander PHEV Concept-S showcases design changes to Mitsubishi's hybrid SUV (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
There is no word on whether the styling changes will make it to production (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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There is no word on whether the styling changes will make it to production (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
Wide taillights are one of the styling changes made to the Outlander's tail (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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Wide taillights are one of the styling changes made to the Outlander's tail (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
Chrome highlights brighten the Concept-S' tail up (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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Chrome highlights brighten the Concept-S' tail up (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
The Outlander's drivetrain is a plug-in hybrid system (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Outlander's drivetrain is a plug-in hybrid system (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
Mitsubishi has tried to make the Outlander PHEV Concept-S look "sporty and sophisticated" (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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Mitsubishi has tried to make the Outlander PHEV Concept-S look "sporty and sophisticated" (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
The Outlander's interior has been upgraded to feel more luxurious (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Outlander's interior has been upgraded to feel more luxurious (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
The Outlander's nose has also been adorned with extra chrome (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Outlander's nose has also been adorned with extra chrome (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
Mitsubishi claims the Outlander's headlights convey a sense of dynamism (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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Mitsubishi claims the Outlander's headlights convey a sense of dynamism (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
The standard PHEV's drivetrain combines a 2.0-liter petrol engine with two electric motors (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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The standard PHEV's drivetrain combines a 2.0-liter petrol engine with two electric motors (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
The front electric motor produces 80 kW (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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The front electric motor produces 80 kW (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
The electric motor on the rear axle makes 190 Nm of torque (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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The electric motor on the rear axle makes 190 Nm of torque (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
Mitsubishi has fitted the PHEV with an all-wheel drive system called S-AWC (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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Mitsubishi has fitted the PHEV with an all-wheel drive system called S-AWC (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
The Outlander on display at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Outlander on display at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
The Outlander's profile remains the same, in spite of the front and rear styling changes (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Outlander's profile remains the same, in spite of the front and rear styling changes (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
The Outlander's electric motors are powered by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Outlander's electric motors are powered by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
The Outlander PHEV Concept-S on display in Paris (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Outlander PHEV Concept-S on display in Paris (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
Mitsubishi's breakdown of the Outlander's powertrain (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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Mitsubishi's breakdown of the Outlander's powertrain (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
Up front, the Concept-S is sporting wraparound headlamps (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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Up front, the Concept-S is sporting wraparound headlamps (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
Mitsubishi has not announced whether the PHEV Concept-S' styling upgrades will make production (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
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Mitsubishi has not announced whether the PHEV Concept-S' styling upgrades will make production (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)

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.

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.

The Outlander's profile remains the same, in spite of the front and rear styling changes (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)
The Outlander's profile remains the same, in spite of the front and rear styling changes (Photo: C.C Weiss/Gizmag)

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.

Source: Mitsubishi

2 comments
Don Duncan
How did we arrive at designating an ICE with electric assist as an HEV? Shouldn't we be calling it HI or HICE for hybrid internal combustion engine? When the ICE is used only as a range extender for the electric motor/battery, then we should use: HEV. The P in PHEV was added to distinguish a battery recharged from outside from a battery charged by an ICE. But if all the energy comes from the ICE, how is that an EV in any meaningful sense of the term? It is an ICE with battery/electric assist. I admit I did not question the labeling at first, but I ran the numbers and found no savings with any eco-platform. For that reason I have not purchased an EV, actual or misrepresented.
tyme2par4
@Don Duncan Don, where you are confused is that the Outlander PHEV (Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) can be recharged from the wall. It is very similar to the Chevy Volt. Most of your daily driving is all electric, recharged nightly from your home. If you need to drive farther than the electric range, then the gas engine comes on to provide extended range. That is why Chevy calls the Volt an EREV (extended range electric vehicle.)