We've been waiting since the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show – when Mitsubishi first talked about the PX-MiEV, a plug-in CUV concept – for some sort of real-world plug-in Outlander. It looks like we're finally going to get our wish during the 2012 Paris Motor Show this fall. Today, Mitsubishi released the not-very-revealing teaser image you see above, and it says the plug-in Outlander will "share its architecture with the soon-to-be-introduced New Outlander's ICE versions." Mitsubishi also claims the Outlander will "be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production."

The New Outlander PHEV will have three drive modes, all of which are 4WD: Pure (all-electric drive), Series (electric drive, supported by the gas generator) and Parallel (ICE engine supported by Twin Motor 4WD). Mitsubishi says the New Outlander PHEV will have a total driving range of 800 km (497 miles) and emit fewer than 50 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

As previously noted, the PHEV version of the Outlander should arrive in the spring of 2013. Given the coming pack of plug-in crossovers (see: Tesla Model X, Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid, Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and Amp's offerings), if Mitsubishi can get the cost comparatively low, the way the i is compared to the Nissan Leaf, without making it quite as spartan, this thing could carve out a niche for itself. For the moment, though, it sounds like Mitsubishi is only going to sell the new Outlander PHEV in Europe.

*UPDATE: As DaveMart points out in the comments, Mitsubishi reps have told Inside Line that the plug-in Outlander will come to the U.S. in late 2013 or early 2014.
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MITSUBISHI MOTORS AT 2012 PARIS MOTORSHOW - NEW OUTLANDER PLUG-IN HYBRID EV WORLD PREMIERE

CIRENCESTER, UK - At the forthcoming 2012 Paris Motor Show[1] ("Mondial de l'Automobile"), Mitsubishi Motors will continue to roll out its ambitious, global and green new product generation with a series of significant premieres. Highlight of this offensive will be the world introduction of the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV.

New Frontier
Neither a mere adaptation of an existing Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) – powered vehicle, nor a dedicated Plug-in Hybrid technology showcase, the New Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV (or "PHEV") will share its architecture with the soon-to-be-introduced New Outlander's ICE versions – an engineering feat in itself.

As such, it will be the first mainstream car from a major manufacturer envisaged from the outset with built-in provisions for either ICE or PHEV power trains.

Plug-in Hybrid EV
Adding to its credentials, the New Outlander PHEV will further distinguish itself:

Mitsubishi Motors' first Plug-in Hybrid car, it will be an EV-based vehicle, relying on MMC's extensive EV and electronic know-how, supplemented by a petrol engine when needed – a solution more suited to global markets than Diesel.
Making the best use of Mitsubishi's renowned 4-Wheel-Drive expertise, it will also be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production.

Long haul
The New Outlander PHEV unique drive train combination of front electric motor + rear electric motor + front traction/generator petrol engine will translate into a choice of three driving modes:
  • Pure (Twin Motor 4WD EV)
  • Series (Twin Motor 4WD - EV supported by generator)
  • Parallel (ICE engine supported by Twin Motor 4WD).
When fitted to the New Outlander, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid system will allow for a long haul range and very low emissions similar to that of the Concept PX-MiEV II show car, i.e. a driving distance of over 800 km and a CO2 target below 50 g/km.

Further...
Whilst the New Outlander ICE will start its commercial career in Western & Eastern Europe in the fall of 2012, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV will be retailed in Europe during the course of 2013.

Complementing this New Outlander family, Mitsubishi Motors will stage further premieres at the Paris Motor Show, aimed at a European audience and to be detailed at a later stage...


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      krona2k
      • 3 Years Ago
      Could be interesting if it's good value and especially if it uses Toshiba SCiB batteries.
      transpower
      • 3 Years Ago
      I currently own a 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid AWD SUV. The new 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV AWD SUV would be a worthy successor. Mitsubishi better sell it in the U.S.!
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      'Mitsubishi Motors North America told Inside Line the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, which is aiming to be one of the first plug-in crossover/SUVs here, will launch in the U.S. in late 2013 or early 2014.' And: '"It is definitely coming here," said Roger Yasukawa, Mitsubishi Motors North America spokesman, in a phone conversation with Inside Line on Monday. "We are targeting fiscal year 2013 — which probably means the later part of 2013 to March 2014. As far as exact timing, we're still studying it."' http://www.insideline.com/mitsubishi/outlander/2014/2014-mitsubishi-outlander-plug-in-hybrid-for-us-2012-paris-auto-show. Price (Australian): 'But the big news is the hybrid, which is expected to cost about $5000 more than its petrol counterpart, currently in the $30,000-$50,000 range depending on trim level.' The Australian and US dollar are almost exactly equal. That premium sounds for too low to me though. You don't add a large, expensive battery for $5,000.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        The Volt doesn't pay the London congestion charge: http://www.greencarsite.co.uk/ecocar/Chevrolet-Volt-electric-car-london-congestion-charge.htm If the Mitsubishi hybrid avoids it too, it should see to the Sloane Rangers by the bucketload, providing it is swish enough. With the congestion charge at around $3,000 pa and petrol at around $8 gallon it should pay back the likely premium in just a few years.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the cross-over space is wide open for a good plug-in vehicle. The Tesla will probably be too expensive for most. The Amp conversions will be also-ran conversions that can't compete with the plug-ins designed from the ground up. I wonder if the Volvo actually makes it to market and if it does, will it be reasonably priced. The Ford C-Max Energi could be nice but that may be the only real competition that Mitsubishi has to deal with. I think there is a nice market opening for vehicles that fit between the plug-in Prius and the Chevy Volt. Something that does more than the Plug-In Prius but costs less than the Volt. Put 8 to 12 KWH of battery in there.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        You are ever hopeful, Spec! I would have thought that there is zero chance of a full SUV, up to 7 seats in Europe as long as two of them are dwarves, being less than the Volt. This is not aimed at the basic electric car market, but up-market SUV. The interior is scheduled to be very plush indeed, from the PX MiEV concept it has been developed from. They will be doing very well if they manage to hold the cost down to something approaching $50k.
        MTN RANGER
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Mitsubishi previously mentioned a 30 mile AER. Considering the size of the vehicle, I'm guessing at least 16kWh and possibly 20. The price will most likely be closer to a Volt than the i or Leaf.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MTN RANGER
          Cool! They are being aggressive and going for the Volt style. If they can bring a price lower than the Volt, this market may heat up.
        JPWhite
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        I inquired when Volvo first announced the V60 regarding US availability. They basically said they have no plans to introduce in the US. I do remember seeing early pricing a month or two ago. Very very expensive is all that I remember.
        Nick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Good point, there is a market for a hybrid with a say 10 mile EV range. I would be able to do my work commute on 100% electricity with that!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The company is so shortsighted in not bring this to the USA ASAP! I've done my best as a plug-in advocate to tell them that savvy people who want the best new technology but live in snowy areas will jump for this car. Every time I bring our Volt to Lake Tahoe many people tell me, "I want a car that plugs in, but won't buy one until it has 4WD.". Toyota made a mistake making its new RAV4 EV only 2WD, but Mitsubishindoeant recognize the opportunity.
      Spiffster
      • 3 Years Ago
      "For the moment, though, it sounds like Mitsubishi is only going to sell the new Outlander PHEV in Europe. " That is very disappointing :(. I was personally considering this or the Model X.
      Chris M
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm guessing that they will be using some sort of "automated manual" transmission, with the series mode used from stop and during shifts, with the clutch released, in order to synchronize speeds for a smooth jerk-free clutch engage. The series mode might also be used for slow speeds, when the engine would otherwise run too slowly for good efficiency. Pure electric mode would be used when there was enough charge in the battery. Other times the parallel mode would be used for maximizing efficiency. Personally, I don't need a "CUV", I'd prefer something more efficient, but this PHEV is a good solution for those needing extra space and carrying capacity.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks very promising. I think Series mode, like the Volt is the way to go.
      Marcopolo
      • 3 Years Ago
      " "be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production." Um, well not really, although i wish Mitsubishi well, I have been driving a " permanent 4WD electric SUV" for the last 2 years. The Mitsubishi Outlander is an EREV. Now there's nothing especially wrong with being an EREV, but why the dishonest advertising and misleading graphics.? (the description of the vehicle as a 'car')
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        In their press release Mitsubishi actually say: 'it will be the first mainstream car from a major manufacturer envisaged from the outset with built-in provisions for either ICE or PHEV power trains.' I can't see too much wrong with that, nor any attempt to mislead. I can't see the problem with the graphic, either, as it just simply shows that the car engine can recharge the battery, which is one of it's modes. It is not as if Mitsubishi had been highly secretive about the development, anyway, as this has grown directly out of their 2009 PXMiEV concept: http://www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk/innovation/px-miev.aspx Fairly comprehensive specs there, right on their website, including details about the drivetrain.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @Marco: Another mysterious appearance/disappearance without it being noted as an update! You should know better than to take an 'ABG says Mitsubishi says' as bearing any resemblance to what Mitsubishi actually say, though! ;-) I reckon they may charge a $10-15k premium on the non-hybrid Outlander, so it might be somewhere in the $45-65k range, perhaps starting with one based on the top end model. Dunno about AOL. I don't use it, I just sign on with my Google account.
          Marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          DaveMart AOL is a bit of a mystery. Google doesn't always work for me, or you have to keep rebooting the green selector. But in some place's yahoo works better, although that could be the difference between Windows XP and mac. (I'm no expert !). The Outlander EREV should find a real market in Australia. Although there is some residual of animosity about the closure of the South Australian Plant. It will depend on the 4WD capacity and usefulness off road. Australians who never leave the tarmac, like the idea they could if they wanted, to "go bush" ! Australians drive a lot more than most countries outside North America, and with a relatively small population, (22 million) the main highways are not yet crowded, and grow up with the car as a right of passage.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @Marco: The bit that gets me is the 'only in Europe' part, when Mitsubishi are clearly saying it is going to other places too, including the US. Do you see this selling well in Australia?
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @ DaveMart Ah ha, now I have the press release ! When I originally posted, the press release didn't appear at the bottom of the article. Curious ! Incidentally, can you sign on to ABG with AOL from the UK ? (AOL doesn't accept Australian post codes) .
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      blah
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cheers for the credited update. If only someone would pull their finger out and get the tips system working a lot of embarrassment could be saved! :-)
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      'For the moment, though, it sounds like Mitsubishi is only going to sell the new Outlander PHEV in Europe. ' I dunno where you got that idea from, Sebastian. If that were the case they would hardly say in the press release: 'supplemented by a petrol engine when needed – a solution more suited to global markets than Diesel.' I think we can safely read that as coming to America, just not initially as it will hit Europe first.
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