Mitsubishi first announced that the plug-in hybrid version of its popular mid-size crossover would be coming to the US in January of last year, and though it hasn’t debuted in the US just yet, first-drive reviews of the 2017 model are rolling in. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is set to go on sale in the States sometime this summer.
The Outlander PHEV has been a smash hit in Europe and Australia, ranking as the best-selling electric car in Europe since its release in 2013. Recently released in Australia, the new Outlander PHEV has received a big styling refresh as well as engineering updates for better fuel economy and performance.
First drive reviews report that the Outlander PHEV comes with plenty of standard features on its base LS trim, including a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and start, and more. The luxurious Exceed trim offers features like heated seats and a power liftgate.
The 2017 Outlander PHEV adds fast-charging as well as an EV mode, whereas previously it was only available in a hybrid drive mode. The all-electric mode is nearly silent, according to reviewers, and it brings in gasoline power when needed for big bursts of speed or as the battery power gets low.
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Mitsubishi electrified the 2016 Paris Motor Show earlier this month with the most recent of its plug-in electric SUV concept lineup—the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV. Also known as the Grand Tourer concept, this model is a large and luxurious SUV that has an eco-friendly powertrain that is sure to impress with those families looking to go green.
The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept styling reflects Mitsubishi’s newest design language. Its Dynamic Shield grille is similar to that of the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport models, adding a touch of modern sophistication to the model’s silhouette. Its low roofline gives the concept model a couple-lie appearance, while its maroon-colored roof stands out from the rest of its body.
Under the hood, Mitsubishi has combined a 2.5-liter gasoline engine with three electric motors. One of these motors helps the gasoline engine power the front wheels, while the other two are used to drive the rear wheels. By doing this, the GT-PHEV concept has an all-wheel-drive system. This combined powertrain also has a 25-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which gives it enough range for 75 electric-only miles.
This isn’t the first plug-in hybrid vehicle Mitsubishi has introduced to the public. It currently has an Outlander Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) model on sale in Europe, which it is trying to bring to the American market sometime soon.
While there’s no word yet as to whether the GT-PHEV will enter production or not, here’s hoping that the Japanese carmaker brings a more eco-friendly vehicle to the United States.