The new plug-in hybrid SUV will go on sale in the U.S. this fall, several years later than planned. It will be interesting to see how it fares here, since Mitsubishi says it’s currently the top-selling PHEV in Europe. It’s also already on sale in Japan.
The Outlander PHEV has a 2.0-liter gas engine and two high-performance electric motors, along with Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control system. The full-time, twin-electric motor 4WD system provides quick and optimized torque distribution.
It can operate in three modes: as a full EV, a series hybrid where the combustion engine acts as a generator for the battery, and a parallel hybrid where the engine and motors each play their part.
“What makes the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV so special is that it offers the best of both worlds with a balance of electric efficiency and long-range practicality,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. “Mitsubishi put its engineering prowess and knowledge to work to create a vehicle that meets the demand of a growing number of consumers who need a car that is capable and environmentally friendly. The Outlander PHEV will offer a high electric range and combined miles per gallon.”
What those MPG figures are exactly, well we don’t know that yet. Pricing info is still to come as well.
Available tech and safety features include: Multi-Around View Camera Monitor, Forward Collision Mitigation with pedestrian detection capability, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. It will also connect with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.