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.”
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.