Mitsubishi reports that its US sales during the first quarter of 2022 decreased by 6% year-over-year to 26,400.
The plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV noted 719 sales in Q1, which is a 183% increase year-over-year, though that's compared to a low base in Q1 2021. The Outlander PHEV sales also represent 2.7% of the total volume.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales in the US - Q1 2022
For reference, in 2021, a total of 2,250 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV were sold in the US, which is almost 15% more than in 2020.
Cumulatively, the company has sold over 12,000 Outlander PHEV in the country, compared to about 300,000 sold globally since 2013.
The all-new Outlander PHEV - announced in October - is scheduled for market launch in the US in the second half of 2022.
It will be equipped with a bigger 20 kWh battery (vs 13.8 kWh today) and potentially might get an EPA all-electric range of about 35 miles (56 km) - our guess, compared to an EPA range of 24 miles in the case of the current version.
Another thing is that the switch to a bigger battery will increase the eligible federal tax credit from $6,587 to the full $7,500.
"Even as the 2022 Outlander continues to set sales records and earn awards, MMNA is preparing to launch an all-new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant with North American sales planned for the second half of 2022. The vehicle, which historically has been one of the best-selling PHEVs worldwide, underscores Mitsubishi's environmental commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050, also announced this year."
The improved value proposition, combined with the general limited availability of many other plug-ins, should give the Outlander PHEV a few more years on the market. However, we are eager to see also some new plug-ins from Mitsubishi, especially all-electric.
Detailed results for the US market:
In Canada, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV noted 542 sales in Q1 (up 27% year-over-year), which is 8% of the total volume (6,693).