Though Mitsubishi first showed us the form of its 2013 Outlander in Geneva a while back, the company saved its plug-in hybrid crossover for this week's Paris Motor Show soiree.

Mitsubishi is quite proud to offer what it says is the world's first production PHEV utility vehicle, a new model that makes use of established technologies within the company. Learnings from the company's i-MiEV electric car have worked there way into a vehicle that can travel up to 55 kilometers (34 miles) on lithium-ion battery power. Two electric motors independently power the front and rear wheels of the Outlander, while the gasoline-powered engine can be used as a generator for the motors, or to power the vehicle directly. The target combined fuel economy for the Outlander PHEV is 61 km/liter, or roughly 143 miles per gallon.

The Outlander PHEV will be introduced in the Japanese market in the first part of 2013, with European and North American markets to follow on. There is no word about an on-sale date, but while you're pondering the possibilities, check out an official video by scrolling down and peruse our high-res image gallery.


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World Premiere of Mitsubishi Motors' Outlander PHEV with State-of-the-Art Plug-in Hybrid EV System at 2012 Paris Motor Show

- Together with premiere of European version of MMC's new global compact car for one-two eco-punch -

Tokyo, September 5, 2012 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will present the global debut of the new Outlander PHEV at the 2012 Paris Motor Show (or "Mondial de L' Automobile 2012") held from Thursday, September 27th through Sunday, October 14th*1. The Outlander PHEV uses the Plug-in Hybrid EV System powertrain developed by MMC and derived from its lineup of all-electric models.
*1: For more information please visit http://www.mondial-automobile.com/en/ (English).

Outlander PHEV is the world's first plug-in hybrid SUV and offers the best of three worlds: the environmental performance of an electric vehicle (EV), the cruising range of a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, and the on- and off-road performance of an SUV. MMC is due to bring Outlander PHEV to market first in Japan early in 2013.

Alongside the Outlander PHEV, MMC will be displaying a total of 11 vehicles (seven on press days) on its stand at the Paris Motor Show, including: the new European version of MMC's global compact car (called Mirage in other countries) which makes its debut; the ASX compact crossover which has been refreshed for the 2013 model year; and a display model of the i-MiEV Evolution 100% electric racecar which took part in the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb held in the United States in August.

1. New Outlander PHEV

The new Outlander PHEV, to be unveiled for the first time at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, is based on the new Outlander which first debuted in Russia in July and is to be introduced in other European markets starting from September. The Outlander PHEV uses MMC's own Plug-in Hybrid EV System powertrain derived from 100% electric systems used on the i-MiEV and other MMC all-electric vehicles. The Outlander PHEV is the world's first plug-in hybrid SUV, and brings together the environmental performance and quietness that distinguish EVs while delivering the utility and on- and off-road performance associated with 4WD sport utility vehicles and the cruising range of a conventional ICE-powered vehicle.

Targeting the mid-size category and above, which require extended cruising range, the Outlander PHEV's Plug-in Hybrid EV System fuses together the EV technologies proven on MMC's i-MiEV - the pioneering 100%-electric car brought to market in 2009 - with the very latest ICE environmental technologies, including MMC's MIVEC*2 variable valve timing system. Employing electrical power stored in the drive battery by charging either at home, a charging station or when the system recovers energy when decelerating, the Plug-in Hybrid EV System gives the Outlander PHEV gasoline-sipping performance, with a target combined fuel efficiency*3 in excess of 61 km/liter, greatly superior to that of vehicles powered by a conventional engine, and a cruising range in excess of 880 km, which is on a par with a conventional ICE-powered car.
*2: Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system.
*3: Representative fuel efficiency figure based on a combination of the vehicle's fuel consumption when driven in all-electric mode, called the plug-in fuel efficiency, and when driven in hybrid mode, called the hybrid fuel efficiency (measured via Japan's JC08 mode)

MMC will introduce Outlander PHEV in the Japanese market in early 2013 then sequentially roll out the model in Europe, North America, and other markets around the world. Some major features are introduced below.

1) Automatic Selection of Three Drive Modes for Optimal Efficiency

Depending on driving conditions and remaining battery charge, the Plug-in Hybrid EV powertrain automatically selects the optimum drive mode (see below) for comfortable driving while providing superior fuel efficiency.
a) EV Drive Mode
EV Drive Mode is an all-electric mode in which the front and rear motors drive the vehicle using only electricity from the drive battery. With zero on-road gasoline consumption and zero CO2 emissions the driver can enjoy quiet and very eco-friendly performance in this mode.
b) Series Hybrid Mode
In Series Hybrid Mode the gasoline engine operates as a generator supplying electricity to the electric motors. The system switches to this mode when the remaining charge in the battery falls below a predetermined level and when more powerful performance is required, such as accelerating to pass a vehicle or climbing a steep gradient such as a slope.
c) Parallel Hybrid Mode
In Parallel Hybrid Mode the gasoline engine provides most of the motive power, assisted by the electric motors as required. The system switches to this mode for higher-speed driving when the gasoline engine operates at peak efficiency.

2) High-capacity Drive Battery Offers Driving Versatility

The high-capacity 12 kWh lithium-ion drive battery gives Outlander PHEV an EV Drive Mode cruising range of over 55 km (JC08 mode*4), sufficient for all-electric operation in most everyday situations*5.
The driver can also manually switch to Battery Charge Mode in which the gasoline engine acts as a generator and charges the drive battery whether the vehicle is stationary or on the move. Battery Charge Mode gives the driver the flexibility to use the gasoline engine as a generator at any time they want; for example if the driver wants to use EV Drive Mode at a specific time, they can make sure the drive battery has enough energy for that time.
*4: An official method of measuring vehicle fuel consumption introduced by the Japanese government.
*5: "Most everyday situations" is based on a JCAP (Japan Clean Air Program) study conducted in Japan which showed that on average, 85% of Japanese drivers drove less than 55km per day.

3) Twin Motor 4WD System Provides Superior Response

The Outlander PHEV uses a Twin Motor 4WD system comprising independent electric motors to drive the front and rear wheels. In addition to decreased friction loss Twin Motor 4WD delivers better response and finer control than conventional mechanical systems. It accomplishes this without a propeller shaft or other mechanical components seen in conventional mechanical systems. The Twin Motor 4WD system is integrated with Mitsubishi's well-proven S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamics control system to deliver high levels of stability and all-terrain performance and ensure the vehicle behaves just as the driver intends it to.
In addition, the front and rear electric motors generate maximum torque immediately, an inherent characteristic of electric motors, giving acceleration comparable to that of a vehicle powered by a large displacement high-output ICE and allowing Outlander PHEV to deliver superior levels of environmental and driving performance.

2. European version of new global compact car

The European version of MMC's new global compact car (Mirage in other regions) is a compact car developed focusing on high fuel efficiency, affordability and compactness - the universally recognized values sought in a compact car- and which meets the needs both of an "eco-car" for advanced countries and of an entry-level car for emerging countries.
Following its March 2012 debut in Thailand, where it is being produced, the new global compact car has been introduced in ASEAN countries and in Japan to high acclaim from customers. The new model is due to be rolled out all over the globe, next in Europe, Australia, and other markets. Introduction in Europe is slated for February 2013.

Against a backdrop of ever-more stringent CO2 emission regulations, demand for "eco-cars" is growing in Europe. The European version of the new global compact car delivers CO2 emissions of only 92 g/km (1.0-liter 3-cylinder MIVEC engine with 5-speed manual transmission version). The European version of the new global compact car achieves this through the use of environmental performance-increasing methods including exhaustive weight reduction (845kg, 3710mm long, 1665mm wide), aerodynamic drag reduction (CD of 0.27, measured in-house), the use of an all-new 1.0L three-cylinder MIVEC engine, along with the adoption of Mitsubishi's own Auto Stop & Go (AS&G) idling stop system. With its compact body dimensions the European version of the new global compact car delivers easy-to-drive maneuverability and peppy performance while at the same time maximizing interior occupant space through its high-efficiency packaging.

3. Other models

1) 2013 ASX (European version)


The ASX is a compact crossover launched in European markets in May 2010 and is proving popular for its quality and sporty exterior and interior design as well as for its outstanding motive and environmental performance.
After undergoing a number of subtle changes mainly on the exterior, the 2013 ASX is due to be released sporting a more refined and high-quality design this autumn.

2) i-MiEV Evolution

The i-MiEV Evolution is a 100% electric racecar which uses the same motor, drive battery and other major components as the production i-MiEV but with a race body designed to reduce weight and deliver maximum aerodynamic performance. Comprising a single motor driving the front wheels and two motors driving the rear wheels the car's electric 4WD powertrain delivers superior motive performance and outstanding handling and stability.
Entering for the first time, i-MiEV finished second in the Electric Division of the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb held last month in the United States. Participation in the event allowed MMC to collect valuable data and knowhow that will be applied in the development of future models featuring electric powertrains or electric/ICE hybrid powertrains.

3) MiEV House

Also on display at the Paris Motor Show will be the MiEV House which was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show last year and the Geneva Motor Show this March.
Starring the i-MiEV, the MiEV House is a demonstration of how recycled drive batteries and other EV components, as well as solar panels and electricity charging stations can be used to maximize the efficient use of domestic energy. It is an example of the application of an EV in an integrated renewable energy system which couples a Home Energy Management System (HEMS).
With HEMS monitoring and regulating household and EV power usage in combination with auxiliary battery-stored energy and renewable energy from solar panels, energy usage efficiency is maximized to lower power consumption without interrupting normal household power usage.


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      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      From the exploded diagrams it is clear that neither passenger space nor space in the trunk is much compromised, unlike in the Volt. Great design.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        I'd guess 20-25 miles of real world all electric range, clearly way less than the Volt, but OTOH you have 4WD thrown in, and much more space.
          MTN RANGER
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          I really wish it was more like 30-35 AER. It would be the perfect companion for my Volt when long distance traveling and for my wife's commute.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've tracked down the best and clearest write up I have yet seen which fully explains all modes. http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/publish/pressrelease_en/motorshow/2012/news/detail0853.html Full specs there too. A point of interest is that you can use the motor as a generator and draw off power, not just whilst the battery is in a high state of charge, but as long as you have petrol in the tank. So you have bought yourself a 70kw portable generator built in. Power tool users away from a plug, rescue workers etc take note. Wonderful in disaster situations too. Every hospital should have one, and I am quite serious.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Video at the show in Italian here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yci8r_QyD0g&feature=related Includes interior shots and a full scale cut away model showing the layout. Space in the boot is probably a little less than in the regular Outlander, with a higher floor. Plenty of space there though, and the rear seats look really nice places to be, as they are set somewhat higher than the front, so you would get good views.
        Ele Truk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        The power source is the main reason workers buy the Silverado or SIerra hybrids, not for the piddly improvement in mileage, but rather for their capability to power tools.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        I hope they keep the generator option for North American models.
      Mark Schaffer
      • 2 Years Ago
      The author needs to learn how to write a simple sentence: "Learnings from the company's i-MiEV electric car have worked there way into a vehicle that can travel up to 55 kilometers (34 miles) on lithium-ion battery power." Illiteracy is ugly in a writer.
      Spiffster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a great option for those who absolutely have to have an SUV. The styling looks fine to me too. Slap a decent price on it and it should sell very well IMO.
      foxtrot685
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really want to know about hte conventional 2014 Outlander that will be on sale here. Maybe at LA or NYIAS or Detroit?? Plus the split tailgate got the axe for the redesign :'-(
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      How the hell does a design like that get put into production?? Aren't there many levels of management that could have nixed that styling? And yet it made it all the way through different design studies, different iterations, and all through that process no one spoke up to say "THIS LOOKS GOD AWFUL!"?! How is that even possible?
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Styling is a matter of personal taste. It is foolish to universalise ones own preferences.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          The Victorians liked victoriana. You would have a hard job proving that beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, and heavily influenced by culture.
        Houmpheng Phonsavath
        @Hazdaz
        Do you like Porsche??
      P
      • 2 Years Ago
      Um, why? Looks like it was designed in 2002.
      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi annoys me. They have some of the best engineering in the industry - this car is a pure example of that. Yet they seem to fall completely flat when it comes to marketing and artistic design. I'll be very interested in seeing how this vehicle does. From the specs and engineering standpoint, it could be "friggen' awesome" at least as far as CUV's go. I also don't think the styling is THAT bad. It has that Jetta-esque blandless that seems to have sold a lot of cars.
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a very, very good concept. How it translates into reality, is yet to be experienced. But accepting Mitsubishi at their word on performance, this could be the vehicle many rural, and semi-rural folk have been demanding. In the UK, I own a 200+ mile range, Liberty Electric Range Rover. The LEVRR is a terrific vehicle for the UK, combining towing, off-road 4WD, and elegant city driving. However, I live most of the year in Australia, a country with vast distances. Even the 200 mile range (not to say cost) of the LEVRR make it impractical for Australia. The Mitsubishi Outlander looks perfect for those Australians who really need the 4WD combination, can use the fuel saving Solar charging capability, but still have long distance capacity. I just wish this vehicle was made by Lexus.
      Jeff U
      • 2 Years Ago
      The range seems way over promised as this car looks heavier and way less aerodynamic than the Volt. Plus it's not a Volt competitor as this car has absolutely no style or sense of design. It looks like the converted old gasoline car that it is. The Chevy Volt was build from the ground up to be a very efficient plugin rechargeable electric car with mid-size car luxury features. That is way it is so popular. A lesser effort is no competition.
        Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jeff U
        Volt and style do not belong in the same sentence.
      skierpage
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi is vague on transmission. When "the gasoline engine operates as a generator supplying electricity to the electric motors", does the front motor act as a generator while the rear motor propels the car? It can operate in parallel mode, but Mitsubishi doesn't mention two motor-generators in the front, so it's not an e-CVT like Toyota HSD and Voltec.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @skierpage
        'The Outlander PHEV has two electric motors, one producing 60kW/137Nm at the front axle and the other producing 60kW/195Nm at the rear axle. The standard gasoline engine/generator is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder that puts out 70kW. The PHEV has a 12kWh on board lithium-ion battery pack, also underlining Mitsu’s stated 34 miles of electric range is more than a little ambitious. As a point of reference, the 2013 Chevy Volt has a 16.5 kWh pack to draw from and gets 38 miles of range. The plug-in SUV has three modes of driving, EV Drive Mode, Series Hybrid Mode and Parallel Hybrid Mode. Fortunately, as with the “Hold” mode in the Chevrolet Volt, and the “HV Mode” in the upcoming Honda Accord Plug-In, the Outlander PHEV driver can also choose when to utilize the electric driving range of the vehicle. Naturally, Mitsu has their own name for this toggle switch, “Battery Charge Mode”. In Parallel Hybrid Mode, the gasoline engine provides most of the motive power, assisted by the electric motors as required. The system switches to this mode for higher-speed driving when the gasoline engine operates at peak efficiency.' http://insideevs.com/mitsubishi-outlander-plug-in-specs-revealed-debuts-in-paris-this-month/
          MTN RANGER
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Since the Volt uses about 10kWh out of the 16kWh for battery longevity, I wonder what ratio the Outlander PHEV will use. Maybe 8 out of 12?
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @MTN: It depends on whether Mitsubishi have chosen the GS Yausa battery or the Toshiba SCiB. If it is the latter as they have used a 12kwh pack in some Japan only versions of the iMiEV then they use 95% of the pack capacity. I am not too happy about that, and would prefer 90%, as 95% will impact the life of even the awesome SCiB it seems to me. They have a lot more cycles available to loose though, as it is rated at over 6,000 cycles compared to around 1,000 in the pack in the Leaf.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          BTW the 34 miles of all electric range mentioned here is on the Japanese cycle - ie nonsense.
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