News: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV goes upmarket with Concept-S

Production model is now UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid

Mitsubishi Outlander

IT ONLY went on sale in April this year but the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid) is already being reinvented in time for the 2014 Paris motor show next month.

This new version, called the Outlander PHEV Concept-S, incorporates changes that could be made to the exterior and interior of the car in the near future and showcases high-quality materials designed to take the model upmarket.

The grille is the most striking departure from the current car. It follows what Mitsubishi says is a “sporty and sophisticated” design theme with bold chromed accent markings on either side of the company’s traditional three-diamond badge. These are joined by wraparound headlamps that, according to the car maker, provide a “sense of dynamism sweeping gently up and outwards.”

Similar chrome accents adorn the rear of the car, in combination with elongated tail-lights that run from the tailgate to the wings. Mitsubishi says they express “dynamic and innovative styling, as if bracing the vehicle for better safety.”

Mitsubishi interior

In contrast, things are a lot calmer inside. A black and burgundy colour scheme, soft leather, ribbed seats, and black wood grain with silver accents.

A spokesman for the company said it would judge feedback from the design and styling exercise at the show with a view to incorporating the changes in future Outlanders.

Since its launch the Outlander PHEV, which costs £29,249 including the £5,000 government plug-in grant, is now the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the UK. Its success comes against a backdrop of strong sales for Mitsubishi which, thanks to a refreshed model range and a strong Yen, were up 164% in August, and 34% year to date.


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