Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is to launch a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model of the all-new Outlander fully evolved with a new-generation PHEV system. It will be introduced in Japan at the end of 2021 and in the second half of 2022 in the US.
It may be sharing the same Common Modular Family (CMF) platform as the Nissan X-Trail but the PHEV powertrain should be Mitsubishi’s very own.
Mitsubishi said the Outlander is set to come with higher output from the electric motors and higher battery capacity which should mean improved electric driving range too. The improved performance is expected to allow the Outlander PHEV to run purely on electric power for 70km while returning over 700 km in total mileage.
In the previous model, the lithium-ion battery capacity was only rated at 13.8 kWh, that figure could be pumped up to 20 kWh in the new model.
Since the launch of the Outlander PHEV, it has been sold in more than 60 countries around the world. MMC’s goal is to reduce CO2 emissions of its new cars by 40% by 2030 through leveraging EVs — with PHEVs as the centerpiece.