The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was recently previewed in New Zealand, along with the announcement that New Zealand will be the fourth launch market for the plug-in hybrid SUV.
The Outlander PHEV is the first four wheel drive, off-road capable plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the world. Based on the gasoline powered Outlander, with a top model costing $56,990 NZD, the PHEV model will retail at $59,990 NZD for the XLS trim, and $66,990 NZD for the top-of-the-line Outlander PHEV VRX model.
Mitsubishi New Zealand expects the Outlander plug-in to go on sale in April 2014, and initially, supply will be limited to 25 vehicles per month. And yet, with such a small supply of vehicles, Mitsubishi NZ predicts sales will make up 20 per cent of global sales by 2020.
With the ability to drive 52 km in EV mode, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a total extended hybrid range of more than 800 km. Charging from empty using a 10A plug takes around 6 and a half hours and will cost around $2.60 at New Zealand electricity rates.
The nearest competitor in New Zealand will be the Lexus RX450 hybrid, which doesn’t offer any pure electric driving, and costs more than twice as mush at $125,400 NZD.