2012 Paris Motor Show Preview: Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV

Article by Christian A., on June 18, 2012

Mitsubishi announced that at this year’s Paris Motor Show it will bring the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV. According to the Japanese manufacturer, the new car is not a mere adaptation of an existing or a dedicated Plug-in Hybrid technology showcase. The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV (or “PHEV”) promises to share its architecture with the soon-to-be-introduced New Outlander’s ICE versions.

So, what to expect? Well, Mitsubishi says that its first Plug-in Hybrid car will be an EV-based vehicle relying on its extensive EV and electronic know-how and supplemented by a petrol engine. Mitsubishi says that this solution is more suited to global markets than diesel.

Moreover, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV will be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production. Just like the other plug-in hybrids on the market, the new crossover will offer unique drive train combination of front electric motor + rear electric motor + front traction/generator petrol engine, which translates into a choice of three driving modes: Pure (Twin Motor 4WD EV), Series (Twin Motor 4WD - EV supported by generator) and Parallel (ICE engine supported by Twin Motor 4WD).

Mitsubishi promises a long haul range and very low emissions similar to that of the Concept PX-MiEV II show car, which was capable to offer a driving distance of over 800 km and a CO2 target below 50 g/km. The Mitsubishi Outlander Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV is expected to hit the market in 2013.

Mitsubishi Motors unveiled the first-generation Outlander (then called Airtrek) in 2001, thereby coining the term crossover, as it claims. Now, the third generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander has been unfurled at 2012 Geneva Motor Show, boasting a great combination of smart utility, comfortable drive and ride as well as advanced safety, low environmental impact and added convenience.

The charming appeal of the Mitsubishi Outlander has been proven by the first and second generation models, with more than 950,000 units sold as of the end of December 2011. Underpinned by a versatile global platform, the third-gen Mitsubishi Outlander marks the beginning of a new generation of global products from Mitsubishi Motors.

This was part of the fulfillment of the carmaker’s "Jump 2013" smart business plan that foresees a more eco-friendly and a more global Mitsubishi Motors. This means that Mitsubishi Motors’ passenger vehicles, crossovers and SUVs will be gradually launched to a new generation that features the brand’s new design language that made its debut on the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander mid-size SUV.

This new and re-focused design language was intended to be an open concept that would be flexible enough to underpin specific vehicle requirements while prominently displaying the carmaker’s Three Diamond logo. This resulted to a new design language created through engineering, conveying how Mitsubishi's technology has evolved to suit the current automotive world. With a length measuring 4,655 mm, the new generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander is as large as the second generation model. However, the third-gen Mitsubishi Outlander was truly an "engineer's car" that features a "Solid - Safe - Simple" form.

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