Published on August 2nd, 2021 | by Subhash Nair0
All-New Mitsubishi Outlander Getting PHEV In 2022
After the success of the first Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, a new one was unavoidable.
Earlier this year, Mitsubishi Motors revealed an all-new Outlander model. The all-new Mitsubishi Outlander is built on the same platform as the all-new Nissan X-Trail, which debuted this year too. This follows the new Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance’s strategy of sharing platforms and having one company take the lead in development.
Now we’re learning that the Outlander will be receiving a Plug-in Hybrid variant as soon as the 2nd half of 2022. The new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will debut first in Japan and then come to the USA. Mitsubishi Motors was shy with the details, but they did disclose that the PHEV model will feature 3-row seating, giving it a huge advantage over some segment rivals.
The outgoing Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV features a unique twin motor setup, with an electric motor in each axle. It’s possible this system will be carried forward to the new Outlander, perhaps building on the latest e-Power developments from Nissan.
It’s also worth noting that the outgoing Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is being assembled in Thailand – a strange decision that was made at the end of 2020 at the end of the product’s lifespan.
Here’s the press release with more.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will launch a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model of the all-new Outlander1, a crossover SUV, fully evolved with a new-generation PHEV system. The vehicle will roll out in Japan in the second half of this fiscal year2, and in the U.S. in the second half of calendar-year 2022.
With improved motor output and increased battery capacity over the current model, the all-new Outlander PHEV model delivers more powerful road performance and greater driving range. Based on the newly developed platform, integrated components and an optimized layout allow the new model to accommodate seven passengers in three rows, offering a new level of comfort and utility in an SUV.
The Outlander PHEV debuted globally in 2013, and in other markets after that, as proof of MMC’s dedication in the research and development of electric vehicles (EVs) since 1964. An EV for everyday driving and a hybrid vehicle for excursions, the Outlander PHEV offers the quiet and smooth – yet powerful – road performance unique to EVs, along with safe driving with peace of mind in various weather and road conditions.
Since the launch of the Outlander PHEV, it has been sold in more than 60 countries around the world and is a leader in the PHEV category. Outlander PHEV launched in the U.S. in 2016 as a 2017 model-year vehicle.
In addition to the benefits of PHEVs, including environmental friendliness and low reliance on charging infrastructure, the twin-motor 4WD PHEV system delivers driving performance with the company’s unique Mitsubishi Motors-ness, or what defines MMC’s vehicles: a combination of safety, security (peace of mind) and comfort. In its Environmental Targets 2030, MMC has set a goal of a 40 percent reduction in the CO2 emissions of its new cars by 2030 through leveraging EVs — with PHEVs as the centerpiece — to help create a sustainable society.