Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV To Finally Launch In U.S. Next October (Update)

AUG 28 2015 BY MARK KANE 28

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander (non-PHEV)

Mitsubishi stands at a crossroads in the US, as the Japanese company already has announced plans to sell or close its only US assembly plant in Normal, Illinois.

The second problem, according to the Automotive News, is a lineup with a few models without successors.

In July, Mitsubishi introduced in the US the new 2016 Outlander (petrol version) and finally the company will begin sales of the plug-in hybrid version in May – 9 months from now.

Update (April 2016):  The Outlander PHEV has now been delayed again, the new release date is for ~October, as the model will have special US operation and efficiency apparently, and will debut as part of Mitsu’s 2017 MY lineup.

The plug-in Outlander is one of the most anticipated new EVs for the US market in 2016.

Refreshed Outlander PHEV is already on the market in Japan.

“Powered by a gasoline engine and a pair of electric motors, the all-wheel-drive Outlander PHEV is billed as traveling more than 30 miles on a charge in EV mode. It has some noticeable trim differences from the gasoline-fueled Outlander, including a unique dashboard and instrument cluster.”

The i-MiEV still will be offered, but sales are very low – 196 in 2014 and just 84 through the end of July this year.  Sales are being taken Ford Focus style – in other words, if a customer (or a dealer) wants one, they can go ahead and order one – there is not really a corporate program to stock and promote the EVs.

On the horizon, Mitsubishi shows more plug-in hybrids. Outlander Sport (RVR / ASX) PHEV could be launched in 2017. Here is the concept version:

Mitsubishi Concept XR PHEV II

Mitsubishi Concept XR PHEV II

Production version of GC-PHEV – Montero PHEV, could enter the market in 2018.

“U.S. executives want to bring back the rugged SUV, which was pulled from the U.S. in 2006, but its platform would need to be widened to satisfy U.S. rollover standards, at a cost of about $50 million. Considering the costs and the Montero’s rich heritage, this decision will be a key test of Mitsubishi’s commitment to the U.S. “

We Caught The Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV In Chicago - The Concept Strongly Hints At A New Pajero/Montero Plug-in (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

We Caught The Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV In Chicago – The Concept Strongly Hints At A New Pajero/Montero Plug-in (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

Source: Automotive News

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I’ll believe it when I see it. This thing has been rumored to come to the US for years. Perhaps if it has decent sales, it may spur other manufacturers to put out their own PHEV SUV sooner rather than later.

+1. Not sure about Mitsubishi’s commitment to the U.S. Market anymore. And I am not just talking about this one car – but in general…

I wonder if the Outlander PHEV will beat the Model X to market in the U.S. 😉


It honestly wouldn’t surprise me if they left the US permanently by the end of next year. It’s too bad, because they would have had the ONLY affordable SUV/CUV PHEV in the country.

Had they stuck with this fall, I would have happily been first in line for one. Now I’m going to wait a couple years to see if they stick around.

At this point for the US Market, Mitsubishi should just discontinue it’s ICE lineup and concentrate on BEV and PHEVs. Bring out a compact hatchback (bigger than iMIEV), compact CUV and a midsize sedan. These combined with the Outlander PHEV would be a good “restart” for the company.

If Mitsu wants the PHEV to succeed in the USA, they should enlarge the battery pack to 16kWh.

It will be a better product, at no extra cost to the end user, because it will qualify for the full $7500 Federal incentive

Yeah, just a lot of extra testing, lot of money to increase battery. This is nothing for a small manufacturer like Mitsubishi. And since the extra capacity is also incentived in all other states around the world it seems like given.

*sarcasm off*

Sorry, but this makes no sense. Can you please state how much more sales a bigger battery will give? 2-3x the sales granted? Around 80.000/year more? If not i don’t think it is worth the extra ingeneering required.

What do you want? Take the climate control out of the car to increase space for more battery? Need to wait another 2 years until it is available for the Us because of required time to reingeneer the car???

This car is selling like hot cakes, it is fine the way it is. 🙂

I have not heard the battery storage capacity for this redesign, but since it was a redesign, maybe they were able to find room for the 16 KWH. I think that would be ample capacity for a typical American, and much more appealing than the 12 KWH.

If they can find space in the tiny iMiEV, they can find it in a new Outlander with a little forethought.

It isn’t a full re-design. It is mostly just a cosmetic update of the nose and select surface areas in the interior and few minor drivetrain tweaks. Otherwise the chassis itself is unchanged.

+1. It seems like such a no-brainer.


Don’t see it happening though.

You assume that the $7,500 federal tax incentive will survive the upcoming FY2016 budget battle. The first budget battle since the $7,500 tax incentive where the entire Congress will be under the control of a party who has stated outright that they intend to end all sales incentives for EV’s and PHEV’s, including the $7,500 tax incentive.

It might end up being that Mitsubishi will be way ahead of other car makers with larger batteries who find themselves with no more tax incentives in 2016, or 2017.

When will Mitsubishi unveil the next generation I-MiEV?

If I were to hazard a guess, I’d say sometime between now and the end of the Universe.

The Renault LeCar had better success in the US than the iMiev had or ever will, crétine d’Américaine! So, it would be pretty silly of them to do anything other than pull out and try something different. The PHEV Outlander could be a nice restart for them if there’s really no competitor for a year or two in that CUV segment (Model X will be way nicer, but for 2-3 times the cost).

Better looking and more range of course.

I don’t believe they have any plans on building a next generation iMiev for the US market. And now that CARB has ruled recently that second tier car makers like Mitsubishi can use PHEV’s to fulfill 100% of their ZEV credit mandate, I don’t think they are in any hurry.

My guess is that the original iMiev based upon a slightly smaller footprint will continue to be built in Japan, based upon their Kei car they sell there. And they will eventually drop the slightly larger sized iMiev and stop building them for the US market once they are successful selling something like the Outback PHEV.

Any word on what the battery capacity of the redesigned Outlander PHEV is? I didn’t see anything on the linked article from a couple months ago but I’m guessing it’s the same 12 kWh capacity.

I saw a story saying there was only a very slight increase in range for the new version for the EU. No significant changes to the drivetrain, just a few tweaks to improve efficiency and operational quality.

What they will do for the US market is still unknown. For the iMiev, they went so far as to stretch the footprint to make it larger just for the US market. So anything can happen.

That’s a good point on the iMIEV. It would be nice if they made, at least, incremental improvement to the battery size akin to what GM did with the Volt, in concert with those efficiency tweaks. Not holding my breath though.

My guess is that the Outlander’s AER will be in the neighborhood of 25 miles, not the 30+ miles I would like to see, but not bad. Better, at least, then the C-Max and most other non-SUV PHEV offerings.

I wonder if it will sell well here in the states?

Anyone know what the price will be?

No word on price, however, I’d expect the base price to be somewhere between $35,000 and $40,000 with maybe the fully loaded pushing up to (but not surpassing) $50,000. This is based on pricing I’ve seen in other countries and the US ICE version (which, fully loaded, is around $30,000, if I recall correctly).

The battery size is not why this car is awesome, the fact that the MPG are above 100 for an SUV is, as well as the outlet to enable you to take out and use electricity in your garage or out camping.

“MPG are above 100 for an SUV” … on the fanciful European cycle only.

Sorry to interrupt your sweet dream, but 100 MPG is not happening anytime soon.

Based on how it will be measured on the US EPA cycle, you’re right, given that it will likely return a hybrid mode mileage of, I’m guessing, somewhere in the 30s and possibly a MPGe of somewhere in the upper 80s to lower 90s. However, if you measure your mileage the way most Volt and other PHEV drivers do, which is miles divided by gallons, regardless of how many electric miles were driving, then it will very greatly depending on how many electric miles you achieved between fill ups. It would be easy to exceed 100 MPG if you are able to do multiple trips and most of your commuting within 20 miles per day using only electricity.

*driven & *vary

I really must remember to proof my posts before posting!

Model-X, Outlander Plug-in, XC90 T8 Plug-in…Promises, promises! We’re on our 2nd Prius Plug-in; when can we get a 4 wheel drive “planet saver”? The United States is way behind in many fields. Maybe we’ll move out of country next year.