Mitsubishi to Debut All-New Outlander Plug-In Hybrid at Paris Motor Show

By Trevor Dorchies | June 18, 2012
While it's still months away, Mitsubishi is readying an all-new Outlander plug-in hybrid EV that will bow at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. This new Outlander will use an adaptation of the existing internal combustion engine already employed by Mitsu's gasoline-powered SUV. The Outlander plug-in's overall architecture will also be shared by its gas-powered sibling, but the EV will use an electric motor for fuel saving purposes. The Outlander plug-in EV will be Mitsubishi's second plug-in car and will utilize the knowledge collected by the i MiEV. An internal combustion engine will supplement the electric drivetrain when necessary in order to save fuel and it will also feature four-wheel drive, the first electric production car to do so. The electric motor will work with another electric motor in the rear along with a front traction generator and the gasoline engine to propel the Outlander PHEV down the road. This gives the driver the option of three different driving styles; Pure, Series, and Parallel. When driving in Pure, the twin motor four-wheel drive EV is summoned, while Series employs those same features but also includes support from the generator. Parallel relies on the gasoline engine to work in partnership with the both the front and rear motors and four-wheel drive. Mitsubishi has claimed that the all-new Outlander PHEV will allow a driving distance of 497 miles.
Mitsubishi will be releasing the Outlander with an internal combustion engine in Western and Eastern Europe later this year. The Outlander PHEV will hit showroom floors in Europe over the course of next year. Mitsubishi plans on releasing the Outlander plug-in hybrid into the U.S. market in late 2013 or early 2014. There's no word yet on pricing or an equivalent mpg rating but stay tuned. Source: Mitsubishi