Built at the company's Okazaki plant in Japan, the PHEV is motivated by a "Twin Motor 4WD" drivetrain which offers a maximum driving range of 824 kilometers and a pure electric range of 52 kilometers. Not bad for a big, heavy crossover. Furthermore, CO2 emissions stand at 44 g/km, while fuel economy is rated at 1.9 liters of gasoline per km. Again, not bad from a 2-liter gas engine and an electric motor.
But those Gundam-like styling cues and the way too Japanese looks render both the normal and PHEV Outlanders a little awkward for the European and U.S. market. Don't get us wrong, it's charming in its own way, but those aesthetics aren't as soul-stirring as its rivals in the mid-size segment. And this is where the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S design study comes into play with its quirky styling.
The Outlander PHEV Concept-S was designed to be as special as an Outlander can get. That's why designers gave it "a refined interior and exterior design that will magnify the Outlander PHEV’s unique driving experience." We don't know how looks improve driving dynamics, but you know that marketing jibber-jabber shouldn't be taken seriously. Those silvery bits on the front fascia and tailgate seem to be inspired by a raccoon, but nevertheless, the end result is a visual feast with a bit of EVO X to it.