Pretty much every concept shown by Mitsubishi in the past decade has been a crossover that's either hybrid or fully electric. However, the Outlander PHEV is the only thing that made it into the showroom and not a moment too soon, as Toyota just made a Prius-like version of the RAV4.
Underneath the sexy new design is a combination of internal combustion of electricity. A 2-liter naturally aspirated engine is joined with two high-performance electric motors, driving the front and rear wheels, respectively. This not only makes it run cleaner than your average crossover utility vehicle but also gives the PHEV good torque distribution. Mitsubishi says that a specialized version of the Super All-Wheel Control derived from the Lancer Evolution is configured specifically for this vehicle.
Several official figures have not yet been revealed, the green ones. But we can tell you that the battery has a capacity of 12 kWh and is of a lithium-ion design. According to the Japanese JC08 driving cycle, this model will travel up to 37.7 miles in EV mode and has a fuel consumption rating of about 50 mpg. However, the official EPA figures should be revealed closer to the on-sale date.
“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/ 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 (MPG),” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA.