Mitsubishi to Reveal Outlander Plug-In Hybrid in Paris

Mitsubishi Hybrid System 1 photo
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The 2012 Paris Motor Show is the venue of choice for Mitsubishi to show the world their new ‘green’ offensive, the highlight of which will be the showing of the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV. Apart from previewing the hybrid drive system, the new Outlander is also a glimpse into the future, showing us how Mitsubishi’s new crossover is shaping up.
In fact, the body of the Paris car will be practically identical to that of the conventionally-powered new Outlander. Not only is this new plug-in Outlander the firm’s first hybrid, but it’s also the world’s first all-wheel drive electric car to enter mass production.

So what sort of system have Mitsubishi chosen to fit to the new car? Well, while specific technical details have yet to be released, the hybrid Outlander has two electric motors, one driving the front and one, the back. The electricity needed for these engines will come from a battery pack of currently unspecified capacity, but coupled with the range extending motor, also of unspecified capacity and type, it will be able to travel over 800 km before needing fuel, while only emitting 50 g/km of CO2.

The conventionally-powered new Outlander will make its European debut in the fall of this year, with the hybrid coming later, in 2013, and according to the official press release, it is “aimed at a European audience”, so maybe they’re on to a winner. We’ll have to gather more information before offering an opinion, as currently details are sparse.
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