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According to a new report from Ward's Auto, a top Mitsubishi executive says a plug-in hybrid version of its Outlander Sport is bound for the U.S. in 2013.

Unveiled in concept form at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi touts the hybridized crossover's "environmental and on-road performance," as well as its electrified powertrain, which combines a 1.6-liter gasoline-powered four-cylinder and the necessary hybrid hardware to a lithium-ion battery pack.

The Outlander Sport plug-in hybrid will mark Mitsubishi's second electrified offering in the States. First up is the battery-powered 2012 i hatchback, which is slated to launch in early 2012.

Beyond those two models, Mitsubishi says that six additional electrified vehicles will launch globally before the end of 2015.


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        Jazzor
        • 3 Years Ago
        Another retarded comment that is quickly getting old...
      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      A drastic change in their approach to the North American market is the only way they can stick around. Electric seems to be the way of the future at this point, so the gamble could pay off. Continuing on their previous strategy wasn't getting them anywhere. Sure, the Evo is great, but selling a few hundred hoon-machines isn't going to sustain a company while the rest of the portfolio is comprised of out-dated or out-classed vehicles.
        montoym
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EnzoHonda
        Agreed 100% Enzo. One single enthusiast model isn't going to sustain any mainstream automaker. They need other models to sell to the millions of other customers out there who don't want an Evo if they are going to produce any sort of meaningful sales figures. A few thousand Evos per year just isn't going to cut it. Not that there isn't room in their portfolio for something like the Evo, but it can't be their mainstream vehicle.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EnzoHonda
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      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      As an Evolution IX owner who dropped serious coin for a Mitsubishi, I'm not at all upset with my purchase. This vehicle however does *not* interest me in the slightest. The only Outlander I was interested in, was the Outlander GT with the Evo's AWD system. But that was too heavy and low on horsepower to be sporty. But they almost got my attention with the smaller Outlander Sport, but that lacked the Super all wheel control and enough horsepower to be fun. Someone from AMS actually swapped the Evo 8 drivetrain into an Outlander and gave it around 700 horsepower including AWD. http://www.amsperformance.com/tim_outlander.php The only Mitsubishi I'd own, is the Evo and a sporty light weight SUV with the Evo's Motor and AWD goodies. Since they don't make that SUV, I only have the Evo. They need more sporty toys since people only care about the brand's performance models. They are not a mainstream brand. I don't want the Lancer or the Outlander Sport, I want the niche vehicles that no one else has enough balls to produce. Like an AWD 2.0 Turbo I4 with 300+ horsepower and aluminum body panels to reduce weight. Americans are scared to death to produce a full time AWD car with a warranty and a manual transmission. Americans turn to FWD on small cars as to not upset their Mustang/Camaro/Challenger sales. Niche cars are what Mitsu is good for. Not mainstream crap.
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        Jazzor
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...close all together? Super Cool Story Bro ;-)
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          @Jazzor
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        • 3 Years Ago
        Jeez, does no one bother understanding facts before commenting?! Mitsubishi is at the very top of the industry in year-over-year sales gains. Something like +60%! Sure, they aren't the 2000 level sales but they're doing WAY better than a lot of other manufacturers.
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      Bryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand why they even continue here. It has to be a waste of money. With their jump in sales last month I imagine that was due to rental agencies buying a new crop of vehicles.
        K Gav
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        At their current rate they'll probably sell around 100K cars this year in the US. That's lower than it used to be, but it's not bad. Mitsubishi has a much larger market share outside the US than here anyway.
        Jazzor
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        The jump in sale has been consistent for the past 7 months since the Outlander Sport came out... always above 50%, with May seeing a 102% increase... I'm assuming you haven't been on this website much lately....
      MiguelAE86
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, because an electric crossover is just what Mitsubishi needs. I swear sometimes I wonder if there are any enthusiasts in charge over there anymore. *sadface*
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        @MiguelAE86
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      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi is spot on with everything they're doing. Boeing has know-it-alls inside their Company(Company with a capital 'C'), GM does too, Chrysler, Martha Stewart's around every turn. Mitsu is doing fine and they won't be leaving the North American market, they won't see the need to and they don't see the need to. Don't worry about it. What would be nice is something important happening, like Barbara Walters hanging up the dress shoes and FINALLY RETIRING. Now that's news! Then maybe stupid know-it-all shows like 'The View' could catch a wave and drown in the Pacific Ocean somewhere. Clean and clear off the airwaves for it. That would be news. Mitsubishi made the car I drive, a '08 Lancer GTS, and that is one quality vehicle from top to bottom. Nothing about the car would I change if I were the dime-a-dozen know it all car police. Sheesh. Take a sip of your Margarita or perhaps just some strawberry-lemonade kool-aid and leave Mitsubishi alone. If I were to change something in their operations I would have them design a new Galant. Big deal. Leave the Eclipse, nothing wrong with it.
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