Hints about Pricing and MPG for Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid
Mitsubishi Motors U.K. last week launched the new Outlander crossover SUV, promising that the forthcoming plug-in hybrid version will arrive in the U.K. by June.
The European Commission has not yet issued official pricing or fuel economy numbers, but Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi Motors U.K. managing director, said he expected around 150 miles per gallon—perhaps meaning in a best-case scenario. In the generous fuel efficiency test cycle in Japan, where the Outlander PHEV went on sale in January, the model earned a rating of about 125 miles per gallon.
Bradley said pricing would be “highly competitive.”
The Outlander PHEV is the first four-wheel-drive seven-seat plug-in hybrid. It’s expected to go on sale in the United States in 2014. The model is capable of about 30 miles of all-electric range, and another 250 or so miles using internal combustion. It can travel at speeds up to about 75 miles per hour strictly using electric propulsion.
The plug-in hybrid SUV will go on sale in Australia in June 2013. Paul Unerkov, Mitsubishi Australia vice-president, hinted that the pricing will be between $40,000 to $50,000—which converts to about U.S $41,000 to $53,000.
"This will put future technology in the driveways of mums and dads today,'' Unerkov said, referring to the relatively affordable price tag, and the ability of the plug-in model to travel long distances without requiring a charge. "Over a year, we aim to sell them in the thousands, not the hundreds,'' he said.
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