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21 July 2017

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Promised For North America – Again

If there were an encyclopedia entry for “unrealized expectations,” the promise of the Mitsubishi Outlander’s coming to North America might be featured, but don’t let that dissuade you as it could be here by year’s end.

Positive indicators include at least two Canadian dealer websites taking pre-orders for the plug-in hybrid that’s been said to be on its way at least half a dozen times before.

One such example is Quebec’s St-Eustache Mitsubishi dealership which has a pre-order link on its site, and which verbally confirmed on the phone, that the AWD plug-in is indeed assured for early 2018.

Mitsubishi in the U.S. has most recently been reluctant to say as much. The company joined with Nissan late last year, and the plan, as it has been all the way through the five-seater’s revision last year, is for it to be sold in the U.S.

The U.S. is a weak market for the Japanese automaker, however, and just how much committment Nissan will bolster it with remains to be seen.

Further confirmation of the Outlander’s imminent U.S. debut however was given during an informal talk with a Mitsubishi representative at the Detroit Auto Show who said it’s on its way.

The rep said the vehicle that invented the plug-in crossover SUV category and which has sold very well in Europe is to be shown at the LA Auto Show late November this year, and go on sale not long after.

If it does arrive, some have said its possibly sub-20-mile EV range under EPA testing would be a little lackluster, but it would otherwise fill a gaping void which has needed entries for too long.

And, priced from a reasonable £34,749 in the UK, it is that nation’s best seller, having been updated.

UK version.

The PHEV offers a pure EV mode, a series hybrid mode, and parallel hybrid mode.

It’s a bonafide four-wheel-driver, and in Europe the claim is 33 miles on EV mode, and lower to mid 20s has been seen in the real world.

Towing capacity is over 3,000 pounds (1,500 kg in UK), zero to 62 mph arrives in an alright 11 seconds from the 2.0-liter hybrid setup with 244 pounds-feet torque.

Mitsu says a lower center of gravity and suspension upgrades also helps deliver “excellent weight distribution” and “exceptional driving dynamics.”

It all sounds good, so we shall see.

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