Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV May Be Slightly Delayed For US, But Still Coming In 2014

4 years ago by Jay Cole 21

Mtisubishi Outlander PHEV Production Doubles In September

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Production Doubles In September

Just as a refresher for those not familiar with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.  It is a four wheel drive, extended range plug-in utility vehicle, that will be the first of its kind to hit the US market – when it does gets here.

No more electrifying of small compact sedans for Mitsu – the company has decided it is time to start converting lower mpg SUVs (the gas Outlander 4WD gets about 23 MPG), which sounds like a pretty good idea to us.

This Mitsubishi-Produced Outlander PHEV Production Slide From Recent Annual Report Details Doubling Of Production

This Mitsubishi-Produced Outlander PHEV Production Slide From Recent Annual Report Details Doubling Of Production

The plug-in from Mitsu has as estimated range of 25 miles and around a 80 MPGe rating (based on EPA methodology) and seemingly everybody around the world, where it has already been put on sale, wants one.

In fact, demand has been so strong that earlier this year we broke the news that Mitsubishi is set to double monthly production capacity (up to 4,000 units) in September.

The Outlander PHEV first went on sale in Japan on January 24th of this year, and we heard earlier from Mitsubishi boss Osamu Masuko (as he outlined Mitsubishi’s comeback plan for selling cars in America) that the “plug-in hybrid version will go on sale in the United States in January 2014.”

Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko Said In November That The Outlander PHEV Would Arrive In The US In January of 2014

Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko Said In November That The Outlander PHEV Would Arrive In The US In January of 2014

And because January is now fast approaching, we figured we would get in touch with Mitsubishi USA to re-affirm this introduction date, and perhaps suss-out some further order details.

To which an account executive said to us Our plan is to introduce the Outlander PHEV in the US during 2014CY (calendar year) and we will be making a formal announcement at a later date.”

Obviously, this reply is fairly non-committal in nature, but given that January is only 5 months away, and that the company already said the vehicle would be going on sale in January of 2014, we can’t help but feel there is a little slippage still happening here when we hear the terminology “calendar year” being used.

On the plus side – it is still coming, and probably any delay is due to overwhelming demand in Japan and Europe.  So its not all bad, we might just have to wait a touch longer than originally expected.

The Outlander PHEV is expected to retail just under $40,000 in the US when it arrives.

Outlander PHEV Info-Video (Below):  this Mitsu produced video is also an InsideEVs favorite due to its Disney “ride-queue” tone and extreme overacting by European would-be thespians.  (awkward goodness starts at the 2:40 mark)

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21 responses to "Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV May Be Slightly Delayed For US, But Still Coming In 2014"

  1. Josh says:

    That is an unfortunate response. I am guessing we can peg “Late Spring” as the new estimated delivery date. Which will probably mean there won’t be any meaningful inventory until September.

    Should we start a game of what will sell 1000 US vehicles in a month first, Outlander PHEV or Model X?

    1. Bruce Moore says:

      Why did Mitsubishi chose to put the charging ports on the side near the rear (like a ICE). most charging stations (ECSE) have the post at the front of the parking space (at least in USA). Cord may not reach when pulling in forward.

      1. MLucas says:

        It’s a simple solution to reuse the gas versions fuel port for the charge port. The i-MiEV that is also made by Mitsubishi and that I own, does the same thing. There is a new port on the right side for L1/L2 charging and the orginal fuel filler is used for the L3 Quick Charge port. Currently there is no standard for placement of the charge port on any production EV. Mitsubishis and Teslas are in the rear near the side marker lights. Ford and GM have chose in front of the drivers side door. Nissan is the only one with the charge ports on the front of the car. It doesn’t really seem to matter as most charge stations have long enough chords to reach just about any place the charge ports are positioned. With my i-MiEV I can back in and reach the chords just as easilly.

  2. ryan says:

    What kind of mpg does it get in hybrid mode?

      1. Joule Thief says:

        Oh it’s legit, trust me! haha 🙂

        Unfortunately JC08 and European numbers don’t represent real life driving. EPA will likely come in around 35mpg is my guess.

    1. vic says:

      148mpg

  3. kdawg says:

    I’ll guess they sell more of these in the first 6 months than all the iMiEVs sold since 2011.

  4. KenZ says:

    Assuming the price is reasonable (for a PHEV of course; I expect a premium) I would buy one today. But I’m really not sure I want to wait, thus trying to get GF to pull trigger on Leaf or Volt lease. We kinda want one NOW, but a 4WD is what we really want to replace her AWD Subaru with 180k miles. Hurry up Mitsubishi!!!

  5. jason says:

    I’d be more than happy to work at a plant in the USA making those.
    I’m not sure the wage would be the same as in Japan.

  6. MrEnergyCzar says:

    GM needs to come out with a Volt based SUV….

  7. Gary H says:

    That video is really funny. Thanks for reposting the link.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      No need for thanks, I’ve been waiting a long time for the opportunity to re-host that, (=

      Reminds me of the I-MiEV documentary short film from Japan last November. Screenshot goodness below:

  8. Lindsay Patten says:

    Is that expected $40,000 before or after incentives?

  9. Jeremy says:

    The faster that US gets another CHAdeMO capable car, the better.

    1. Jeremy says:

      … And if it happens to be an SUV… I just might get one!

  10. Ambulator says:

    Hearing them say ‘4WD’ instead of ‘four wheel drive’ is kind of funny. You’re saying two more syllables with the abbreviation.

  11. jeff says:

    Two markets go to the fastest PHEV production implemention:

    Mini vans
    Full size pickups

    Can you even imagine getting 2-3x the mileage with the EV only range for around town???

  12. Kevin says:

    I can’t wait to buy an Outlander PHEV. I was devastated when Ford “pulled the plug” on their Escape PHEV.

    When you consider a $10k tax credit against the $40k sticker, the price is now $30k – which is much less than a $50k – $60k Lexus RX or Acura MDX. In fact, it’s competitive with a $25k to $30k Honda CRV. And, by charging with the PHEV, i believe my monthly fuel costs will decrease by 2/3 or about $300/month.

    The economics are overwhelmingly compelling. The 4WD SUV form factor is in high demand. Mitsubishi reliability is a given.

    Mitsubishi is going to sell a bunch of these!

  13. Mike says:

    Who is doing the $10,000 tax credit? Santa?

  14. Jack says:

    A $10,000 tax credit is wishful thinking; $7,500 is more like it. From IRS: “For vehicles acquired after December 31, 2009, the credit is equal to $2,500 plus, for a vehicle which draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least 5 kilowatt hours of capacity, $417, plus an additional $417 for each kilowatt hour of battery capacity in excess of 5 kilowatt hours. The total amount of the credit allowed for a vehicle is limited to $7,500.”

    In addition some state offer additional incentives to buy EV’s For instance, the state of Illinois pays an alternate fuel vehicle rebate equal to 10% of the base price (price without option packages, fabric treatment, etc.).