2016 US-Bound Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV To Be “Completely Different” From Today’s Outlander PHEV
AutoBlog recently released an interesting story after speaking with three Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) executives at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The main topic was the Outlander PHEV, which is now scheduled for US launch in late 2015 thanks to some problems with certification in California. (Specifically the lack of a battery monitoring unit)
According to MMNA Executive Vice President Don Swearingen and US PR chief Alex Fedorak, when the electrified Outlander finally hits the showrooms in the US “it will be completely different.“
This mean that we probably should expect changes in design, drivetrain and/or battery pack, as well in performance.
“Fedorak told us that, “The touchy-feely points we’ve been getting dinged on” will be upgraded, so expect materials feels and looks less value-oriented. We were told that the battery monitoring software mandated by California regulators doesn’t just report on the state of the entire pack but rather it can monitor individual cells. As for when the anticipated hybrid will get here, Fedorak said “probably late November  is my best guess at this time.”
It’s possible that on the exterior, the Outlander PHEV will get some design elements from latest concepts like GC-PHEV or XR-PHEV.
Anyways, despite Mitsubishi reporting that for its US dealers, the second-most-common question asked of Mitsubishi is, “When can we get the Outlander PHEV?” sales will not begin in the US for approximately 1.5 years.