PARIS – Mitsubishi Motors’ first plug-in hybrid car, the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV (PHEV), will make its world debut at the upcoming 2012 Paris Motor Show. According to Mitsubishi Motors, it will be the first mainstream car from a major manufacturer envisaged from the outset with built-in provisions for either ICE or PHEV powertrains.
The Outlander PHEV will be an EV-based vehicle, supplemented by a petrol engine when needed. It will also be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production.
The Outlander PHEV unique drivetrain combination of front electric motor + rear electric motor + front traction/generator petrol engine will translate into a choice of three driving modes:
- Pure (Twin Motor 4WD EV).
- Series (Twin Motor 4WD – EV supported by generator).
- Parallel (ICE engine supported by Twin Motor 4WD).
The Outlander PHEV will be retailed in Europe during the course of 2013.