The third generation Mitsubishi RVR, also known as Outlander Sport and ASX in several markets, went on sale 2010. Five years hence, its set to move on to next generation. According to a report from Motoring.com.au, the next-gen RVR will be previewed by a concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October. Moreover, this will be the only concept model Mitsubishi will be unveiling at the Japanese motor show this year.
The fourth generation Mitsubishi RVR (Outlander Sport/ASX) will go on sale next year, as per the report. In terms of design and styling, the all-new model is expected to be inspired by the facelifted third generation Outlander that was unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in April. Along with a range of conventional engines, including an upgraded version of the current 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine with maximum power and maximum torque of 133 kW (178 hp) and 430 Nm respectively, the next-gen model will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain as well.
Citing an unnamed source close to the company, the report says that the plug-in hybrid variant will not incorporate the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept that was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, which consists a 1.1-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor. Instead, it will feature an all-new plug-in hybrid powertrain which consists of a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine and two electric motors. The combustion engine will only do one job – act as a generator to charge the batteries which will be the only source powering the wheels.
The dual-motor all-wheel drive system featuring in the 2017 Mitsubishi RVR (2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport/2017 Mitsubishi ASX) will be an enhanced version of the plug-in hybrid set-up and Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The aforementioned source says that the system is not yet ready though, and so, the plug-in hybrid variant shouldn’t be expected to arrive anytime before 2017.