Unveiled to the world in February this year, the new Mitsubishi Outlander will win a plug-in hybrid model, which will go on sale in Japan in the second half of the year. So far, a couple of presentation images have been posted revealing the “Plug-in Hybrid EV” and “PHEV” badges, as well as the battery charging port on the right rear fender of the car.
While the Outlander shares its Common Modular Family (CMF) platform, 2.5-liter engine and much of its components with the Nissan X-Trail, the PHEV is expected to get Mitsubishi’s own two-engine engine , derived from the outgoing model. You will probably receive several adjustments, as predicted with the Engelberg Tourer concept, which also showed the new design of the Outlander prematurely.
The show car was equipped with a larger 2.4-liter engine (already installed in the current PHEV), an electric motor on each axle and a larger 20 kWh lithium-ion battery. At the time, Mitsubishi was promoting an all-electric range of more than 70 km and a total range of more than 700 km.
No technical details have been revealed yet, but Mitsubishi has confirmed that the new architecture, improved component integration and revised distribution have freed up space in the rear for a third row of seats. The existing model is only offered with five seats, because the battery resides under the trunk floor.
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