Mitsubishi has announced that the 2018 Outlander PHEV will land on U.S. soil before the end of the year, priced from $35,535.
This model is hugely popular in Europe and will remain largely unchanged for the American market after its delayed launch. As a result, it will continue to use a 2.0-liter petrol engine, one electric motor at the front axle and one electric motor at the rear axle for a combined 195 hp.
Sitting in the vehicle’s floor is a 300-volt, 12-kWh lithium-ion battery package that supports DC fast-charging and regenerative braking. The Outlander PHEV also comes standard with Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, first used by the Lancer Evolution.
There are six drive modes offered in the Outlander PHEV, three of which the vehicle controls and three of which the driver can select. As the name implies, EV Drive Mode sees the SUV running purely on electric power. By comparison, Parallel Hybrid Mode uses the petrol engine and only the electric motors when necessary. Series Hybrid Mode then uses the petrol engine as a generator to charge the battery while the electric motors send power to the ground. As for the driver-selected modes, they are Eco Mode, Battery Save Mode and Battery Charge Mode.
When the Outlander PHEV lands in U.S. dealerships in December, it will come with a 5 year/60,000-mile transferable limited warranty. The PHEV powertrain meanwhile will have a transferable 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.