Mitsubishi’s hybrid SUV won’t be making its targeted 2015 launch in the U.S., with the company delaying the plug-in hybrid version of its Outlander for another year.
After debuting the SUV at the 2013 New York Auto show, Mitsubishi estimated the car would be available in U.S. markets the following year. But when battery availability couldn’t keep up with a higher-than-expected demand for the Outlander SUV in Japan and Europe, the release was pushed back to 2015.
Now, it appears the U.S. will need to wait one more year for the hybrid Outlander (pictured above on a snowy road in Russia).
“I can tell you that due to the overwhelming demand for the Outlander PHEV in other markets, we are looking at a launch time in April 2016 in the United States,” Amanda Savercool, a representative for Mitsubishi told HybridCars.com.
“This is because the vehicle has sold beyond expectations in Asia and Europe and Mitsubishi Motors are ramping up battery production to keep up with demand.”
The SUV had garnered strong consumer interest in the U.S. due to its four-wheel drive, seating for five and a battery range of 25 miles. In the meantime, Mitsubishi is releasing a refresh for the gasoline-only 2016 Outlander, which will be available this fall.