It looks like another carmaker is joining the local automotive industry’s hybrid-electric revolution.
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) has announced that it plans to introduce the Outlander PHEV, the brand’s flagship hybrid SUV, to the Philippine market. Along with this news, the company has also revealed that it will be building a ‘next-generation’ showroom, dubbed the Dendo Drive Station, featuring a solar power system as well as electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle charging capabilities.
MMPC has already signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with five of its dealer partners—Union Motor Corporation, Fast Autoworld Philippines Corporation, Motorplaza Incorporated, SFM Sales Corporation, and Mindanao Integrated Commercial Enterprises—to pursue the country’s first Dendo Drive Station this year.
The first Dendo Drive Station opened its doors in Tokyo in 2016, and there are now 79 of the facilities scattered throughout Japan. MMPC is hoping to open a Dendo Drive Station in at least five regions in the Philippines.
We drove the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in Europe back in 2018. Impressions? The powertrain, which consists of both a 2.0-liter DOHC gasoline engine (117hp and 186Nm) and two electric motors (60kW and 137Nm in the back; 60kW and 195Nm up front), is smooth as silk, and the SUV’s car-like steering and AWD system offer a dynamic driving experience.
Sadly, as to exactly when the Dendo Drive Station will be completed or the Outlander PHEV will arrive is still a mystery at this point. Are you excited to see Mitsubishi step into the local HEV arena?