The Mitsubishi Outlander has had a great year. The SUV, along with its Sport variant, have lead most sales for Mitsubishi, causing the brand to revise its strategy entirely for the next five years and focus more heavily on the crossover and SUV segment. However, there is one member of the Outlander lineup that, despite debuting internationally as far back as three years ago, never made it to North American shores. However, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV US launch is finally scheduled for this fall.
The announcement came at the recent New York International Auto Show, where Mitsubishi displayed the Outlander PHEV in America for the first time. Though the first US version will be branded a 2017 model year, the Outlander PHEV will still closely resemble to model already sold worldwide, with most of the styling carried over from the standard Outlander. However, a few changes will be made for the American market, with the most notable difference being the removal of CHAdeMO charging, due to the lack of US support for the system.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will also offer three different drive modes, and the vehicle will switch between them depending on which is the most appropriate to the situation. These modes include EV or electric-only, series hybrid or electric power with generator operation, and parallel hybrid or engine power with assistance from the electric motor.
The Outlander PHEV US launch was originally scheduled for 2014, but after a series of repeated delays, the incredibly successful plug-in hybrid—which typically tops its segment in countries where it’s sold—has been pushed back a few years. Pricing has not yet been announced, but more information is expected to be forthcoming as the Outlander PHEV’s fall release date comes up.