This is the first - somewhat restricted - look at the new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S, due to be unveiled at this autumn’s Paris motor show.
It’s a smarter adaptation of the existing Outlander plug-in hybrid road car.
Mitsubishi describes it thus: ‘The Outlander PHEV Concept-S is a concept model MMC proposes as a special package of the Outlander PHEV production model that has a refined interior and exterior design that magnifies the Outlander PHEV’s unique driving experience.’
Not a huge amount to go on then.
‘The Outlander PHEV Concept-S takes "Sporty and Sophisticated" as the theme for its design,’ continues today’s announcement. ‘This refined design expresses the unique combination of spirited 4x4 performance from its twin-motor PHEV system, soothing silent running, and superior on-road performance.’
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: a quick history lesson
It’s two years since Mitsubishi unveiled the production Outlander PHEV at the 2012 Paris show.
Looks to us like a smarter repositioning of the clever-clogs Outlander to reflect better its cutting-edge hybrid power train.
The PHEV uses a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine mated to a pair of electric motors. Combined result? Around 200bhp, a claimed 148mpg economy figure and CO2 output of just 44g/km.
Mitsubishi charges between £28,249 and £34,999 for the Outlander PHEV in the UK, after the government incentive.