Mitsubishi Confirms Launch of 2013 Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

By · February 10, 2012

Mitsubishi Outlander teaser

Mitsubishi revealed this teaser image of the next-generation Outlander.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will unveil its completely redesigned Outlander at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show in early March. The next-generation Outlander was "built to be eco-friendly" and "returns fuel efficiency and CO2 emission levels that are among the best in its class," according to Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi's official statement confirmed production of a plug-in version of the Outlander: "During fiscal 2012, Mitsubishi Motors will also be adding to its lineup an electric vehicle-based Outlander model, which will use a plug-in hybrid system derived from MMC's already existing EV technology."

Mitsubishi PX MiEV II

Mitsubishi unveiled the plug-in PX MiEV II Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

The upcoming plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander crossover will launch in global markets, including a planned release in the US in early 2013. Mitsubishi describes the Outlander plug-in as a twin-motor, mid-size, all-wheel-drive hybrid that offers a "long cruising range" and acceleration comparable to a 3.0-liter V6-equipped SUV. It's believed that the plug-in Outlander will be powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and twin electric motors that pump out 60 kW (80.5 horsepower) each, with one motor spinning the front wheels and the other powering the crossover's rear wheels.

Mitsubishi's initial targets for the electrified Outlander include a combined fuel economy rating of 60 kilometers per liter (141 MPGe) under Japan's lenient testing cycle—which is not comparable to US fuel economy rating—and a range of 31 miles in electric-only mode. Total range of the plug-in hybrid crossover should exceed 500 miles. We'll keep eye open for additional info on the plug-in Outlander during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in early March.

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