Published on December 2nd, 2020 | by Subhash Nair


Outlander PHEV Now In Thailand, Malaysia Misses Out

I’ve been told that there was once a time when the Malaysian automotive industry was the most matured and developed in the region. Well, that must have been a very long time ago. Our neighbours to the north have just received the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, while Malaysia has to be content with the Mitsubishi XPANDER instead.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Outlander PHEV was a best seller in its class in markets like Europe thanks to the right tax incentives there. More than a quarter of a million units have been sold since 2013. Thailand is the third country is ASEAN to receive the Outlander PHEV, after the Philippines and Singapore. It was launched at the 37th Thailand International Motor Expo. Thailand’s clear automotive policy and environmental strategy have doubtless been key in Mitsubishi’s decision to introduce the car there.

Mitsubishi will be working with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to study bidirectional charging and the various possibilities that entails in the country.

BHP diesel

In Malaysia, we have indeed seen an Outlander PHEV being driven. It’s a unit that Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia registered and is using internally. This shows that they’ve already tried to work out a business case for the vehicle here but apparently gave up on the idea. Can’t really blame Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia when our National Automotive Policy has been vague and opaque regardless of which party is in charge.


MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION (MMC) launched its flagship plug-in hybrid SUV, the OUTLANDER PHEV at the 37th Thailand International Motor Expo 2020 and started taking orders. Following the launch in Indonesia and the Philippines, Thailand is the third country in the ASEAN region to introduce the model.

“As announced in the new Environmental Plan, we aim to raise the proportion of electric vehicles to 50 percent in the total sales by 2030 to contribute to the development of a sustainable society,” said Takao Kato, chief executive officer of MMC.

“The introduction of the OUTLANDER PHEV in Thailand aligns with our initiative to promote an electrified future. It marks a key milestone for electromobility to the customers in Thailand who are seeking for an environmentally-friendly solution.” The OUTLANDER PHEV is an embodiment of MITSUBISHI MOTORS’ expertise in electrification, SUV and all-wheel control technologies. The twin-motor 4WD combined with S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) system delivers a quiet, smooth yet powerful acceleration unique to electric vehicles, enabling anyone to enjoy handling with peace of mind. With global cumulative sales volume reaching more than 260,000 units since the launch in 2013, the OUTLANDER PHEV is the world’s best-selling PHEV and has been Europe’s best-selling PHEV for five consecutive years (2015-2019).

With this success, MMC expands the global PHEV lineup with the addition of the new ECLIPSE CROSS which will be launched in Japan in early December. Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MMTh), MMC’s local producer and distributor, will also showcase the DENDO DRIVE HOUSE (DDH) at the event. DDH is a packaged system comprising the EV/PHEV, a bi-directional charger, solar panels and home battery, and is designed for home use. The customer can charge their EV/PHEV at home using solar generated power and can conversely supply electricity back to their home, allowing them to save electricity costs and secure emergency power supply. MMTh signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) in October to collaborate on the development, testing and data collection of energy conversion from Vehicle to X (V2X)5 by using the OUTLANDER PHEV. MMTh and EGAT will work together to study the V2X business in Thailand.


MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION is a global automobile company based in Tokyo, Japan, which has a competitive edge in SUVs and pickup trucks, electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Since the Mitsubishi group produced its first car more than a century ago, we have demonstrated an ambitious and often disruptive approach, developing new vehicle genres and pioneering cutting-edge technologies. Deeply rooted in MITSUBISHI MOTORS’ DNA, our brand strategy will appeal to ambitious drivers, willing to challenge conventional wisdom and ready to embrace change. Consistent with this mindset, MITSUBISHI MOTORS introduced its new brand strategy in 2017, expressed in its “Drive your Ambition” tagline – a combination of personal drive and forward attitude, and a reflection of the constant dialogue between the brand and its customers.

Today MITSUBISHI MOTORS is committed to continuous investment in innovative new technologies, attractive design and product development, bringing exciting and authentic new vehicles to customers around the world.

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