Mitsubishi unveiled the all-new Outlander in February, but without revealing the plug-in hybrid version. That’s because the older PHEV model persisted for a while, peacefully coexisting with the revamped version of the SUV equipped with traditional powertrains. It will be some time before the electrified derivative is offered as the teaser campaign has only just begun.
The plan is to put it on sale first at his home in Japan at some point during this fiscal year (April 2021 – March 2022) and then bring it back to the United States by the middle of the calendar year. next. Meanwhile, two teaser images show the Outlander PHEV’s charging port and the dedicated badge on the tailgate and front fender.
Mitsubishi does not publish any concrete technical specifications, only claiming that the Outlander PHEV 2023 will have more power and a larger battery. As a reminder, the current model was updated a few months ago with a larger 2.4-liter gasoline engine replacing the old 2.0-liter unit and developing 126 horsepower (94 kilowatts) and 148 pounds – foot (201 Newton-meters) of torque. The electric motor driving the rear axle produces 94 hp (70 kW) and allows a combined power of 221 hp (165 kW).
With the launch of the Outlander 2021, Mitsu has increased the battery from 12 kWh to 13.8 kWh, which translates to an all-electric range of 24 miles (39 kilometers). Engineers also worked on the transmission to increase top speed in EV mode to 83 mph (134 km / h). Its replacement will be a totally different SUV as it will also take parts of the Nissan Rogue, much like the regular Outlander.
If you’ve been waiting to combine the three-row seats with the plug-in hybrid setup, the Outlander 2023 will offer it thanks to revised packaging brought by the New Foundations. It also promises to deliver better performance and longer range to improve on a recipe first seen in 2013 when the original version launched.
Mitsubishi is not saying when it will unveil the revised PHEV model, but we do expect to see the JDM version in the coming months.