Derived from Mitsubishi's lineup of all-electric models, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV (PHEV) is set to debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month.
Touted by the Japanese carmaker as "world's first plug-in hybrid SUV," the Outlander PHEV is based on the new Outlander, which first debuted in Russia in July. In addition to the vehicle's three drive ranges, it uses Mitsubishi's "Plug-in Hybrid EV System powertrain derived from 100-percent electric systems used on the i-MiEV and other Mitsubishi all-electric vehicles." According to the company, the all-new Outlander PHEV has a combined fuel efficiency in excess of 61km/L and a cruising range in excess of 880km.
The 12kWh lithium-ion battery gives the plug-in hybrid SUV an EV drive mode cruising range of more than 55km. The driver can also switch to battery charge mode, in which the engine acts as a generator and charges the drive battery even when the Outlander PHEV is on the move.
The Outlander PHEV will roll out in the Japanese market in early 2013. After that, it will then make its way to Europe, North America, and other markets around the world.