Mitsubishi Teases New Geneva Concept Car, Looks Like the Old XR-PHEV from 2013

Mitsubishi Motors has just released two teaser images of a new concept car they want to show this year at the Geneva Motor Show. Without going into details, the company claimed this is a "declaration of intent" for them, meaning production versions are to follow.
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Mitsubishi Concept at Geneva Motor Show 2015Mitsubishi Concept at Geneva Motor Show 2015
Separating the wheat from the chaff, there really isn't a reason to get all that excited about the concept. Even though they say it's an all-new one, it looks a lot like the XR-PHEV from 2013. Considering how cash-strapped they are, that doesn't surprise us.

This red coupe-ish model is also going to preview their future 2WD (read front-wheel drive) plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) technology. But again, this isn't something to get all that excited about, since fuel is currently at record low levels and hybrid sales declined last year in the US.

We don't think this cheap gas will be around forever, but the Outlander PHEV has failed to make a significant dent in the market in the same way a Toyota Prius or a Nissan Leaf have.

Judging from the two teaser images we have, the Japanese concept car has aggressive design lines and the body of a really small Sports Activity Coupe with four doors. Well the XR concept from 2013 was powered by a 1.1-liter turbo engine, so this is clearly no threat to the BMW X6.

"The all new Mitsubishi Motors concept - a smart combination of engineering, fluency with a high-output electric motor, low environmental impact, dynamic agility and athletic design," the company statement concludes.

Let's just hope it's better than the Mirage/Spacestar. Because at this rate, there won't be a Mitsubishi Motors in Europe a decade from now.
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