Mitsubishi will have three concept cars at the Geneva show in March, but none of them will be world debuts. The XR-PHEV, GC-PHEV and AR concepts were all displayed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

The trio’s maiden appearance in the Continent is to give European customers a glimpse of MMC’s future plans. “With a clear emphasis on design, driving performance and low environmental impact, MMC will display its three latest concept cars – an “augmented reality” interpretation of things to come short to mid-term,” the press relase says.


The red XR-PHEV pictured on top is a coupe-like compact plug-in hybrid crossover. It uses a front-wheel-drive PHEV system including a 1.1 liter turbocharged MIVEC three-cylinder petrol engine.

The GC-PHEV on the other hand is a full-size plug-in hybrid SUV with full-time 4WD. Its front engine, rear-wheel-drive PHEV architecture includes a 3.0 V6 supercharged MIVEC petrol engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a high-output motor to deliver all-terrain performance truly worthy of an all-round SUV, MMC says. Next-gen Pajero?


Lastly, the Concept AR previews a compact MPV which combines “SUV sportiness with MPV roominess.” It uses a lightweight mild hybrid belt-driven starter and generator system (BSG), which combines a 1.1L three-pot turbo with a low output BSG torque circuit with a 48V lithium-ion battery and DC-DC converter.

The cars may be concepts, but PHEV technology is already in production. We’ve tried it in the Outlander PHEV SUV, which was recently spotted testing in Malaysia.

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV Mitsubishi Concept AR