Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Coming to US in Late 2013

By · June 22, 2012

Outlander Teaser

Mitsubishi confirmed that the plug-in hybrid Outlander will arrive in the US in late 2013 or early 2014.

According to Mitsubishi, the world introduction of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV is set for the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September. In advance of that grand reveal, Mitsubishi released the teaser image posted above.

In addition, Mitsubishi revealed that the plug-in Outlander will "share its architecture with the soon-to-be-introduced New Outlander's ICE versions" and claims that it will be the first-ever mainstream vehicle from a major manufacturer "envisaged from the outset with built-in provisions for either ICE or PHEV powertrains." Mitsubishi also claims that the plug-in Outlander will become the first-ever "permanent 4WD electric car in series production."

Mitsubishi Motors North America also told Edmunds Inside Line the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid will launch in the U.S. in late 2013 or early 2014. "It is definitely coming here," said Roger Yasukawa, Mitsubishi Motors North America spokesman. "We are targeting fiscal year 2013—which probably means the later part of 2013 to March 2014.

The Outlander PHEV is expected to offer a total range of 497 miles, and offer three 4WD drive modes: Pure (twin-motor electric-only drive), Series (twin-motor electric drive supported by range-extending generator) and Parallel (ICE engine supported by twin-motor electric drive).

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