The Japanese based automaker Mitsubishi is planning to release the Outlander plug-in hybrid model in 2013.
Even if this isn’t actually a new idea, putting a hybrid powertrain on a crossover and then presenting it at a major automotive event, like the Tokyo Motor Show, this is exactly what happened earlier this month with the Concept PX-MiEV II. But the model which we are talking about here will actually be a production version and it will be named the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid. According to the Japanese business daily Nikkei, the car manufacturer is planning to launch the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid in 2013, by April, but we still don’t have any official details on it.
As a reminder, the Mitsubishi PX-MiEV concept, which has been previewed earlier this month at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, has a hybrid powertrain with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine and two 60 kW electric motors. Mitsubishi says that the PX-MiEV concept can operate in EV mode for up to 50 km or 31 miles at low speeds, and when the battery is low, the crossover is entering a Series Hybrid Mode which is activating the petrol engine to recharge the battery. At highway speeds, the PX-MiEV II is entering a Parallel Hybrid Mode where the petrol engine and both electric motors are working together. The PX-MiEV II is offering an average fuel consumption of 1.7 liters / 100 km (141.1 mpg US / 169.5 mpg UK) and a total range of 800 km (497 miles).