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Mitsubishi to introduce plug-in hybrid utility vehicle

All-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV to debut at 2012 Paris auto show

Published: June 19, 2012, 5:00 PM

2014 Mitsubushi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

Mitsubishi plans to debut an all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV at the 2012 Paris auto show ("Mondial de l’Automobile") this September.

The New Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV (PHEV) will share its architecture with soon-to-be-introduced new versions of the conventional ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) Outlander.

According to the company, the Outlander Plug-in will be the first mainstream vehicle from a major manufacturer envisaged from the outset with built-in provisions for either ICE or PHEV power trains.

It is neither a mere adaptation of an existing ICE-powered vehicle, nor a dedicated Plug-in Hybrid technology showcase. Rather, it will be primarily an EV-based vehicle, supplemented by a gasoline engine when needed – a solution more suited to global markets than diesel, Mitsubishi says.

The New Outlander PHEV is also expected to be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production.

It is similar in concept to the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV, which made its debut at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Sho. The PX stands for "plug-in hybrid crossover."

The production vehicle's drivetrain comprises a front-wheel-driving gasoline engine, which also drives a generator, and separate electric motors that drive the front and rear wheels respectively.

They will support three driving modes:

Pure EV (Twin Motor 4WD EV)

Series (Twin Motor 4WD - EV supported by ICE driving generator)

Parallel (ICE engine supported by Twin Motor 4WD).

Mitsubishi projects a combined gasoline-electric driving range of over 800 km and a CO2 target below 50 g/km.

The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV will go on sale in Europe in 2013 and is expected to come to North America in late 2013 or early 2014 as a 2014 model.