Mitsubishi To Add 2 More PHEVs To Lineup – Pajero & ASX

OCT 29 2014 BY MARK KANE 18

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

The Mitsubishi ASX compact crossover and Pajero/Shogun SUV are both coming in plug-in versions, according to Mitsubishi’s CEO.

Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko confirmed that Outlander PHEV was “well accepted by the market,” and paved the way for new models with all-electric capability.

Sadly, the new plug-in hybrids from Mitsubishi are at least one and a half years away from launching:

“the conventionally powered ASX replacement will launch 2016 and the plug-in version will go on sale in Europe and other global markets in 2017. The Pajero replacement and its plug-in version are likely to arrive in 2018”

JATO Dynamics data indicates that in the first half of 2014, sales of 8,953 plug-in Outlanders helped to double sales of Outlander, which almost exceeded ASC in Europe:

“The ASX is Mitsubishi’s best-selling model in Europe, with 22,389 units sold through August, just ahead of 20,810 sales of the Outlander, according to data from JATO Dynamics. The company sold 2,840 units of the Pajero through August.”

Mitsubishi Concept XR We Caught Last Year In Japan

Mitsubishi Concept XR We Caught Last Year In Japan

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Signage From Tokyo

Some Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Signage We Found In Geneva

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV Foreshadows Upcoming Plug-In Pajero (From Tokyo Last November)

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV Foreshadows Upcoming Plug-In Pajero (From Tokyo Last November)

Mitsubishi produced video on the Concept GC-PHEV, or new Pajero if you will:

Source: Automotive News Europe

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18 Comments on "Mitsubishi To Add 2 More PHEVs To Lineup – Pajero & ASX"

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I hope they can double the range of the Mitsubishi i-miev in that the 62 mile range of the car is killing it.

Its a PHEV, not a BEV, and so is likely to have the same 22 miles AER as the Outlander on the EPA cycle.

I think you didn’t read his comment closely. The i-MiEV is a BEV.

Indeed it is.

No doubt he is raising it as a separate issue, not imagining that the article is about BEVs, but for a moment I thought that was what he was doing.

Mitsubishi and other car makers have found that PHEVs provide a more practical solution that the people like, and are going full steam at PHEVs. i-miev is a goner. Buy a Leaf, if you want a pure EV.

Tiny cars usually sell for tiny prices, which has stumped volume production of BEVs as city cars.

Big cars however sell for a lot more, and normally use a lot more petrol, both of which make them a much more viable market.

It will be interesting to see what price Mitsubishi manage to bring in the slightly smaller ASX in at, I would have thought that the Pajero was their best bet to introduce first.

I sure hope the North American version of the ASX, called the RVR, will come in a PHEV version as well.

I wonder why Mitsu does not offer any PHEV in NA?

Last I heard, they didn’t have the battery production capacity. But if they are launching more PHEVs then I find that hard to believe as the reason. Being Americans love their SUVs so much, I would think this would be the ideal country to sell that vehicle in.

From what I understand, Mitsubishi has a huge demand for the Outlander PHEV in other countries. They’re waiting to bring the Outlander PHEV to the States until after the model’s refresh.

Some might find that “wait until the model refresh” delay puzzling, but it’s mainly California’s fault. We would have had the current Outlander PHEV by now if CARB hadn’t imposed new rules for “battery condition” displays on PHEVs to insure that owners know exactly how EV they still are. What owners are supposed to do with this information or what real difference it will make in net emissions has never been explained.

The Outlander PHEV wasn’t on sale yet, so had to meet the new standard at introduction, and I gather that Mitsu couldn’t justify engineering the feature for a model on its way out. This is what’s left us waiting for the model change – and given the Volt another year of protection.

So in addition to the stupid compliance car phenomenon and the ongoing hydrogen farce, we can now thank CARB for blocking the most competitive PHEV in the world from entering the U.S. market. Through incompetence or shenanigans, California has wound up being a lot less of a force for advancing the EV cause than they pretend to be.

If they can bring the ASX/Outlander Sport to the US as a PHEV, I have one question. Who do I make the check out to?

The Outlander Sport is the only gas car my wife and I would contemplate ever getting again. If they would make a PHEV version of that vehicle, then it’s game over for the Fiat.

Mitsubishi had a miss with the iMiEV Kei car . . . but they scored a BIG hit with the Outlander PHEV. So they are doubling down.

Good for them. I prefer pure EV but I appreciate all electrified miles. Pure EVs do have range limitations or high prices for now thus making them inconvenient for many.

By the way gang, there was an article on this website a few days ago that showed the Mitsubishi i-miev was globally the sixth best selling plug-in car. The i-miev is not well suited to american tastes and as such sells poorly in the U.S. but better elsewhere in the world where small cars are more accepted. We picked up a used one with 8800 miles for my wife to use as her errand car (she’s a housewife) for only $10,500. She absolutely loves it.

I know what you mean, just bought my 2012, 4800 miles, $11,500.00. Perfect for my needs.

Does Mitsu know what ‘Pajero’ means in spanish? Not a good name..

‘ Spanish slang word meaning ‘He who fiddles with himself for sexual gratification’.
Unknowingly used by a major automobile manufacturer who took the more academic translation of the word to mean ‘Straw Dealer’
I’ve just been to the men’s room and I think I heard a Pajero in the cubicle’

Are such things rather frowned upon in modern Spain?

It would be a shame to see the old rural ways pass away altogether, and the romance of the goat herd in his majestic mountains, with only the beasts of the field and his cojones for company……

Ooooh, très risqué Mr DaveMart