Mitsubishi Will Offer Entire Lineup With Hybrid or Plug-in Options

Having spoken with Mitsubishi’s managing director in the UK, Autocar reported today that the Japanese automaker intends to offer its entire model range with optional hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrains over the next four years.

Mitsubishi’s Lance Bradley told the publication these will be in addition to conventional petrol powertrains. He said it has not been decided which models to hybridize or convert to all-electric or plug-in hybrid capability beyond the first such vehicle – the plug-in hybrid Outlander to be launched next-year – but suggested vehicles from the ASX crossover on up would see a plug-in option.

He said also the new Lancer that had previously been dropped due to low exchange rates and poor profitability would be a candidate for a plug-in powertrain, and the Mirage city car could see an all-electric powertrain option.

Bradley further said Mitsubishi is open to utilizing the technology on its commercial line as well.

“There’s no reason why commercial vehicle customers wouldn’t appreciate the benefits of hybrid technology,” he said. “We know the technology works, and that it is good.”

The pending four-wheel-drive Outlander plug-in hybrid will offer 140 mpg on the combined cycle in the UK, all-electric range of 25 miles, and in range-extended mode, a range of over 500 miles.

It’s expected to take sales form the likes of the Lexus RX450h as well as less premium vehicles in this class.

Autocar


  • YegorT

    First time we hear about new Outlander plug-in range – 25 miles.
    It is a perfect range – people can get lots of electric miles with this range while it the same time the battery would not so expansive to keep the cost of the car relatively low. In comparison Volt has a 38 miles range battery but its battery and the car are very expensive.

  • MrEnergyCzar

    Maybe they’ll have the first plug-in SUV for sale in the states…. RAV4 is a pure EV….

    MrEnergyCzar

  • Al Bunzel

    I’ll believe it when I see it. I’m almost certain that the nearest Mitsubishi dealer to me won’t have a clue what a hybrid is. I went there the other week to ask about the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car and the sales man seemed a bit puzzled, as if I was from outer space. He had to go to his office and look at his folder. He probably did not even know what it looked like.

    What is even more ironic is that I had already driven an i-MiEV around 6 months prior to visiting this dealer and I know several people who drive i-MiEV electric cars.