2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA), revealed to Autoblog a few additional details about the upcoming plug-in hybrid SUV for the US.
First, Mitsubishi encourages that it's ready for additional Outlander PHEV production after few years of lithium-ion battery constrains, that limited market expansion previously to just Japan and Europe.
In the U.S. from 10 to 20% of all Mitsubishi Outlander (some 2,000 a month) sales are expected to be PHEVs. The target for the first year now stands at 4,000, which is down some ~1,000 units when the company had originally pegged a late August/September release.
Simple math indicates this means about a ~2.5 month slippage has occurred, and we should expect to see the Outlander in early November.
Francine Harsini, MMNA's senior director of marketing, encourages that Mitsubishi plans "a big national marketing push" when it ultimately does arrive.
"Any dealer in the US will be able to offer the car, but they will have to get EV certified by Mitsubishi. Anyone who already sells the i-MiEV is already certified, and Swearingen said he suspects the Outlander PHEV will really increase the number of interested dealers."
Price to be announced three months before sales launch, so we expect ~August.
The 12 kWh battery should allow for around $5,800 of the $7,500 federal tax credit, depending how the fractional values are ultimately reported/rated.
"Swearingen did say that the Outlander PHEV should qualify for a federal tax rebate of around $5,800, based on the battery size. (This doesn't quite match up with what we've heard, which is that the Outlander has a 12-kWh pack. A 12-kWh pack would only qualify for $5,419 in rebates) "
The tiny Mitsubishi i-MiEV is also to remain available at least through 2017, but the future isn't clear as Japanese carmaker intends to focus on the plug-ins for CUV segment, and has stated there will be no next generation of the i-MiEV.
Quick Outlander PHEV specs:
- 12 kWh lithium-ion battery
- all-electric range of 32 mile/52 km NEDC and expected 22 miles/35 km on the EPA scale
- 2.0-liter gas engine and two 60 kW electric motors (one per axle) for AWD