The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is set to launch on January 24th in Japan. Touted as the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV provides an all-in-one electric vehicle, 4wd, and SUV experience.
On January 24, 2013, the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid will go on sale at dealerships throughout Japan with a suggested retail price of ¥3,324,000 – ¥4,297,000 (including consumption tax) which converts to between US$38,800 and $50,200, with a post government incentives price of somewhere around $33,000.
Being the first plug-in hybrid SUV in the world, the Outlander PHEV “represents a fusion of the EV technologies developed by Mistubishi Motor Corporation for models such as the i-MiEV, 4wd technologies honed in the Lancer Evolution, and SUV know-how gained from the Montero.” With a combination of those technologies, the Outlander plug-in has the environmental performance and quietness of an electric vehicle along with the stability and handling of a 4wd and the practicality of an SUV.
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has an all-electric range of 37 miles thanks to a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Using three driving modes, the EV drive mode, the Series Hybrid Mode, and the Parallel Hybrid mode, the plug-in achieves 157MPGe on the Japanese JC08 test cycle (which is an easier test cycle than the US EPA test).
The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid will become available in Europe and North America following the Japanese launch.