2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

This 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has arrived for North America!

And after a slight ~3 year delay - thanks to an odd (and sudden) California compliance issue, that happened to occur as a global market turned unexpectedly desperate for Mitsubishi's plug-in SUV, made the company decide to just skip the US altogether...at least until the Outlander PHEV went through a product upgrade.

Mitsu says that sales of the Outlander PHEV will begin in the fall of 2016.  This is back inline with the October estimate we heard at the end of last year, but not the more recent rumored August release date that we never fully bought into (it just never made logistical sense with the rest of the 2017 model year brand).  But that is A-Ok, as Americans have been waiting so long now, another month or so won't kill anyone.

On the technical side, it's the same vehicle that in Europe and Japan - with 12 kWh lithium-ion battery, 2.0-liter gas engine and two 60 kW electric motors (one per axle) for AWD.

We couldn't suss out a "real world" EPA guess from Mitsubishi for the all-electric range of the Outlander PHEV when it does arrive, but with a 32 mile/52 km NEDC/Euro rating in place; but we are pretty darn good at understanding how the NEDC test cycle compares to the EPA, so we will just go ahead and pencil it down as 22 miles/35 km (which interestingly, is same as the new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime).

Unique feature is Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system for torque vectoring.

"The Outlander PHEV is highlighted by the full-time, twin-electric motor 4WD system that provides quick and optimized torque distribution. The motors are mounted separately at the front and rear axles to deliver precise, responsive 4WD performance with the S-AWC system ensuring excellent driving stability and intuitive, linear handling. The battery that supplies the electricity for the motors is a high-capacity 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Three drive modes are available: EV (full electric mode), series hybrid (electric power with generator operation) and parallel hybrid (engine power and electric motor assistance). The PHEV system automatically selects the most efficient drive mode given the road conditions and other factors. The system also features a regenerative braking mode, where electricity is captured under braking.

The S-AWC system found on the Outlander PHEV is a specialized application of Lancer Evolution-derived Super All-Wheel Control developed specifically for the Outlander PHEV's unique twin electric motor configuration for maximum performance, efficiency, tractability and safety.

Advanced safety and convenience features will be available on Outlander PHEV, including: Multi-Around view Camera Monitor, Forward Collision Mitigation with pedestrian detection capability, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and available smartphone integrations including Apple CarPlay™, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car, lets drivers make calls, get directions optimized for traffic conditions, listen to music, and access messages. It will also support Android Auto™ extends the Android™ platform into the car in a way that's purpose-built for driving."

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is already the best selling plug-in hybrid in Europe and Japan, a feat which won't be repeated in the US as the regional kind is the Chevrolet Volt, which should more than have its hands full in 2017 fending off the new Toyota Prius Prime.  Still we expect the Outlander  PHEV to slide into the 'three slot' fairly easily.

Unlike on the other markets, in North America the Outlander PHEV will be CHAdeMO-less ("CHAdeNO").  Overall, the 2016 NYIAS definitely was a good show for the CHAdeMO protocol, as Hyundai presented the IONIQ Electric with a SAE Combo fast charging inlet for the market as well.

One cool little feature we saw  was a 1,500 W, 110 V, on-board electric, which is always useful!

Pricing on the Outlander PHEV will be released closer to launch.

Below: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gallery and videos from the 2016 NYIAS

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Press Release:

MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV MAKES U.S. DEBUT AT THE 2016 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

• 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to go on sale in United States in fall 2016 • Already the top-selling PHEV in Europe, Outlander PHEV is the world's first plug-in hybrid SUV • Outlander PHEV delivers SUV capabilities and EV fuel economy

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

NEW YORK, NY March 24, 2016 – Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today showed the much-anticipated production model of the all-new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The Outlander PHEV is a perfect culmination of Mitsubishi's history of automotive excellence: 50 years of electromobility and decades of four-wheel drive technology honed on the international rally circuit. Featuring a highly efficient 2.0-liter gas engine and two high-performance electric motors, and Mitsubishi's superior Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a very capable PHEV. The Outlander PHEV will arrive at Mitsubishi showrooms in fall 2016.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

"What makes the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV so special is that it offers the best of both worlds with a balance of electric efficiency and long-range practicality," said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. "Mitsubishi put its engineering prowess and knowledge to work to create a vehicle that meets the demand of a growing number of consumers who need a car that is capable and environmentally friendly. The Outlander PHEV will offer a high electric range and combined miles per gallon (MPG)."

The Outlander PHEV is highlighted by the full-time, twin-electric motor 4WD system that provides quick and optimized torque distribution. The motors are mounted separately at the front and rear axles to deliver precise, responsive 4WD performance with the S-AWC system ensuring excellent driving stability and intuitive, linear handling. The battery that supplies the electricity for the motors is a high-capacity 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Three drive modes are available: EV (full electric mode), series hybrid (electric power with generator operation) and parallel hybrid (engine power and electric motor assistance). The PHEV system automatically selects the most efficient drive mode given the road conditions and other factors. The system also features a regenerative braking mode, where electricity is captured under braking.

The S-AWC system found on the Outlander PHEV is a specialized application of Lancer Evolution-derived Super All-Wheel Control developed specifically for the Outlander PHEV's unique twin electric motor configuration for maximum performance, efficiency, tractability and safety.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Advanced safety and convenience features will be available on Outlander PHEV, including: Multi-Around view Camera Monitor, Forward Collision Mitigation with pedestrian detection capability, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and available smartphone integrations including Apple CarPlay™, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car, lets drivers make calls, get directions optimized for traffic conditions, listen to music, and access messages. It will also support Android Auto™ extends the Android™ platform into the car in a way that's purpose-built for driving.

"As previously stated, Mitsubishi's future is crossover utility vehicles and electrified vehicles. Today we are showing the first piece of that plan," said Swearingen.