Mitsubishi unveiled plug-in-hybrid concept vehicle XR-PHEV
12/6/14 4:00 am chumakdenis 2
Mitsubishi brought this angular plug-in hybrid crossover XR-PHEV to the LA Auto Show to showcase the brand's new design direction. But it's also here to make a statement: "Mitsubishi is here to stay in the United States."
The crossover has innovative styling and performance-oriented drivetrain to provide a pleasant driving experience.
With exterior anger echoing the Lexus NX and starship interior loaded with LCD screens, the XR-PHEV concept certainly looks the part of the futurist
It is powered by 1.1-liter inline 3-cylinder turbo engine capable of producing 134 horsepower while a 14 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium ion battery is capable of producing 161 horsepower.
The combination of the turbo engine and lithium ion battery can push the vehicle to produce 294 horsepower, and provide 65 mpg in hybrid mode.
Augmented Reality Windshield
Mitsubishi has used AR (Augmented Reality) Windshield which is capable of displaying navigation directions, distances to the vehicle ahead, and highlight pedestrians and vehicles on the path of the car.
It also features Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control, which is capable of informing the status of traffic light ahead.
Mitsubishi Motors North America executive vice president Don Swearingen said: "We brought the Concept XR-PHEV to LA so that we could talk about our new design direction and how future products will be taking clues from its dynamic lines."
"We also brought it to LA to reinforce the message that Mitsubishi is here to stay in the United States."
"As we regrow the brand we will introduce new models while updating existing ones, creating a new look and a new value proposition for the brand."
P.S.Mitsubishi has made plenty of good vehicles over the years, but have had a lot of trouble making serious sales in America and Europe recently. Will aggressive styling and a Star Trek style human-machine interface be enough to really reboot the brand?
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