Today Mitsubishi unveiled its Outlander PHEV, a vehicle that’s been a top seller in Europe and long on the want list by numerous American plug-in enthusiasts.
Originally revealed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the all-wheel-drive SUV has since gone through a mid-cycle refresh and is promised this fall in the U.S.
Mitsubishi says the vehicle with 2.0-liter engine paired with dual motors and 12-kilowatt-hour battery is “the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV.” This it is, but it’s on track to be America’s fourth due to several delays by the ailing manufacturer.
Positioned as a nicely appointed example from a brand not known for prices as high as Porsche, BMW, and Volvo – the other plug-in SUV sellers that have staked a claim in the U.S. – the Mitsu may be the most affordable yet for those of more modest budgets.
Distinguishing it from plug-in sedans and hatchbacks in the sub-$40,000 category is Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system.
This is full time and distributes torque from front and rear motors on the axles tied to the hybrid system that can run in all-electric mode, series hybrid mode with engine acting as generator, and parallel hybrid mode with engine plus electric assist.
Bells and whistles include Multi-Around view Camera Monitor, Forward Collision Mitigation with pedestrian detection capability, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Also available will be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A CHAdeMO fast-charging option available in Europe is not to be so here.
Mitsubishi has not announced the estimated mpg or electric range for the U.S. In Europe it’s about 32 miles estimated, but that cycle is typically more optimistic than the U.S. EPA.
Expect pricing and further details closer to launch projected for this fall.