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.