Mitsubishi Outlander Plug In Offically Debuts


A vehicle category that is sorely lacking a plug-in hybrid option at this point is the SUV. At the moment there are no plugin hybrid production SUVs on sale.

Mitsubishi hopes to get the jump on the category.

At the Paris Motor Show, the Japanese automaker has just unveiled the Mitsubishi Motors’ Outlander PHEV with State-of-the-Art Plug-in Hybrid EV System.

“Outlander PHEV is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV and offers the best of three worlds: the environmental performance of an electric vehicle (EV), the cruising range of a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, and the on- and off-road performance of an SUV,” states the company.

Mitsubishi says it will begin production of the vehicle in Japan in 2013.

The drivetrain is complex and is based on the pure electric drivetrain found in the current all electric iMiEV. The SUV will have an all-electric mode, a series hybrid mode in which the engine charges the battery, and a parallel hybrid mode in which the electric and gas motors work together to move the vehicle.

The lithium-ion battery will be 12 kwh in size,and the engine will be “gas sipping” 2.0L 4 cylinder. The drivetrain includes three electric motors, two on the front axle and one on the rear axle which will allow the car to have 4WD.

This combination will offer up to 34 miles (55 km) pure electric driving range, total driving range with gas of up to 547 miles ( 880 km), and a combined fuel efficiency of 144 MPG (61 km/L). It should be noted these values are based on the very feather footed Japanese test cycle.

Congratulations to Mitsubishi for offering consumers another vehicle category that they can plug into the grid an avoid using gas.

As for the release dates to consumers, the company says:

“MMC will introduce Outlander PHEV in the Japanese market in early 2013 then sequentially roll out the model in Europe, North America, and other markets around the world.”

For those even more interested, Mitsubishi offers a very detailed breakdown of the vehicle in its press release today, which can be found here.


Outlander PHEV specifications (Projected)

Overall length x width x height (mm)
4655x 1800 x 1680
Wheelbase (mm)
Vehicle weight (kg)
Twin Motor 4WD
Electric MotorsType
Permanent magnet synchronous
2 (Front x 1 / Rear x 1)
Max. output (F/R)
60 kW / 60 kW
Max. torque (F/R)
137 N-m / 195 N-m
Total voltage (V
300 V
Rated capacity (kWh)
12 kWh
Gasoline EngineType
2.0-liter 4-cyl. MIVEC
GeneratorGenerating capacity
70 kW
Target charging times (from zero %)200 V AC (15 Amp)
Approx. 4.5 hours (fully charged)
Quick-charging time
Approx. 30 minutes (approx. 80% charged)
Target EV-only cruising range
at or greater than 55 km (JC08 mode)
Target combined cruising range
at or greater than 880 km (JC08 mode)
Target combined fuel efficiency (plug-in fuel efficiency)
at or greater than 61 km/liter (JC08 mode)

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Converted numbers:
Target EV-only cruising range at or greater than 34.18 miles (55 km)
Target combined cruising range at or greater than 546.807 miles (880 km)
Target combined fuel efficiency (plug-in fuel efficiency) at or greater than 143.481 MPG (61 km/liter)

It was kind of slipped into the article, but this vehicle has AWD. This is another significant first. (Now if only someone would put a third row of seats in a plug-in…). This is a great addition to the growing fleet. I know a lot of people that would consider this car, but wouldn’t look twice at any of the others – too small, no AWD, too limited range, etc. I hope MMC rolls this out quickly – we need these!

The only thing that concerns me is the price. How expensive are these going to be? Should I buy another Volt or hold out for the M-SUV?

Also, how will the battery be thermally managed?

“200 v @ 15 amps”. Definitely Japanese market, but assuming it could also run at 240 @ 15 this would mean even faster charging in the states.

Sure seems to be my next vehicle. Price and performance is spot on for my lifestyle. I’ll lose that 3rd row for sake of hauling things. I’d write the check RIGHT NOW if it was in the US.