Mitsubishi wasn’t looking quite as charged at this year’s Geneva Auto Salon. Last year, almost its entire display was devoted to plug-in technology, but this time around, the Outlander PHEV and i-MiEV had to share the stage with a wide assortment of legacy ICE models. However, the company did present two plug-in concepts (both of which debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show).
The GC-PHEV (Grand Cruiser) is a 4WD full-size SUV that applies the Outlander PHEV’s engineering fundamentals to a bigger, more powerful all-terrain SUV. It sports a 250 kW (335 hp) 3.0-liter V6 super-charged MIVEC gasoline engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, a 70 kW electric motor, and a 12 kWh battery pack located under the rear cargo floor. It automatically switches between pure EV Mode and Hybrid Mode depending on driving conditions and remaining battery charge. Electric range is around 40 km (31 miles).
The battery can be used as an external power source – a 100 V AC socket can output up to 1500 watts.
A set of eight high-def infrared cameras and a “Night Eye Multi-around Monitor” enable a variety of awkwardly-named autonomous features, including Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Keep Assist; Pedestrian Collision Mitigating Auto-braking; and Unintentional Vehicle Move Off Control. The latter prevents you from smashing the vehicle ahead of you if you absent-mindedly step on the accelerator instead of the brake. In such a case, the system restrains forward movement of the car, and “urges the driver to be more careful.” The car also monitors eye blinking and changes in posture to assess the driver’s level of alertness. If Little Brother thinks you’re getting too tired to drive, it will tell you to stop and take a rest.
The XR-PHEV (Crossover Runner) is a front-wheel-drive C-Segment crossover. It boasts a 100 kW (134 hp) 1.1-liter in-line 3-cylinder MIVEC turbocharged gas engine; a single 120 kW motor; and a 14 kWh battery under the floor. Electric range is around 85 km (52 miles). It also has 100 V 1500 W AC sockets for external power.