Mitsubishi Motors is looking toward a late January launch of its Outlander plug-in hybrid, a four-wheel-drive SUV. With no real competition in the segment from other hybrids, Mitsubishi spokespersons refer to the new model as a game-changer of sorts, being the only crossover that offers the convenience of an EV and the range of a traditional combustion model. A 12-kWh lithium battery unit teams up with a pair of 60-kW electric motors and a 2.0-liter engine to deliver 117 horsepower.
The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid was a big hit at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The following short clip provides a summary of the car’s features, with special emphasis on the hybrid drivetrain and related components. For example, the remote control device allows drivers to adjust charging and air-conditioning while away from the vehicle, while twin-motor 4WD makes for safe operation on slippery roadways. For all-electric driving, the Outlander is capable of going 37 miles without using the combustion engine. The clip shows the vehicle from every conceivable angle and has detailed shots of its interior features as well. With CO2 emissions under 49g/kg, the Outlander is a truly environmental drive. Combined range of both gas and electric systems is approximately 550 miles.
A U.S. price, when the Outlander reaches American shores sometime in 2014, is expected to be in the $40,000 to $50,000 range before federal and state incentives. For now, Mitsubishi is all alone in the SUV plug-in hybrid market. Having made its debut in Paris earlier this year, the vehicle uses a similar electrical system as the one on Mitsubishi’s I-MiEV all-electric car. A U.S. and European rollout is expected to follow the Outlander plug-in debut in Japan.
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