Mitsubishi will be marking the debut of its upcoming plug-in hybrid Outlander SUV at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The SUV is headed to the auto show next season and it is confirmed that U.S. buyers will get the vehicle either in late 2013 or 2014. This vehicle was first suggested in 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.
The company says that the plug-in Outlander will have similarities in its architecture with the yet-to-be-introduced New Outlander’s ICE versions. Mitsubishi also claims that their Outlander will be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production. With hopes getting high, the target for Mitsubishi is getting tougher each day.
No confirmation on pricing or mpg equivalent rating is out yet. The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid will be featuring a full-time four-wheel-drive system powered by electric motor.
Mitsubishi also noted that the hybrid system will allow for a long haul range and very low emissions similar to that of the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II showcar – a driving distance of over (500 miles) and a CO2 target below 50 g/km.
The automotive giant also said that the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid will feature a choice of three driving modes: all-electric; a series hybrid with the gas engine working in conjunction with the electric motors and a parallel hybrid, with the electric motors aiding the gas engine.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid was first previewed at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Show with the name tag, ‘Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV’. The PX then denoted plug-in hybrid crossover. That vehicle was fitted with a 1.6-liter DOHC gas engine and had front and rear wheels powered by two motors.