Mitsubishi Motors has announced it will launch the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV by the beginning of the next year. Compared to the other variants like gasoline or diesel SUVs, this hybrid SUV, which can now be charged from a domestic outlet, will be greener.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that is connected to two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. The vehicle is expected to move 61 km per liter on gasoline. On electricity, it will travel 55km with a capacity of 12kwh.
The driver can either choose the engine power or use the motors. One of the features it would carry would be the crash-avoidance system.
The system automatically applies the brakes when the car draws closer to another vehicle. It will make its debut in Japan and after that it will hit the markets of the US and the North America.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has the power to travel off road. But other hybrids like the Chevy Volt and upcoming 2014 Honda Accord PHEV do not have that capacity. The auto giant has established its long standing commitment to the environment with the launch of its i-MiEV.