We’ve all been (no-so) patiently waiting for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s US arrival, and now we might have a better idea when the plug-in hybrid SUV could arrive on American soil. According to a recent report by Green Car Reports, we will be getting the Outlander PHEV, but it’s going to be the newest version after it’s released in 2016.
Though the Outlander PHEV has seen record sales since it became available in Japan and the UK in 2013, here in the US we’ve seen its delivery delayed time and time again. Complicated US vehicle regulations and battery shortages have kept the Outlander PHEV just out of reach for those of us Americans who are drooling over it.
Mitsubishi promises that the 2016 Outlander PHEV will be well worth the wait. Although the 2016 facelift will only be a mid-cycle refresh, it will boast all-new design features. In fact, the new Outlander will adopt the new styling first unveiled on the PHEV Concept-S at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Mitsubishi has revealed a teaser image of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, leading many to believe it will be officially unveiled at the New York Auto Show this week.
It remains to be seen if the automaker will introduce the plug-in hybrid version alongside the gasoline version. Mitsubishi officials have suggested that the US Outlander PHEV will be available in the second quarter of 2016 as a 2017 model year.
The bad news? We have more waiting ahead of us. The good news? When the Outlander PHEV does arrive, it will have been worth the wait! Check back with Bell Mitsubishi after the New York Auto show for more details!