The new PHEV model promises a bigger battery and an upgraded all-wheel-drive system, and this time around it will offer a third row of seats.
UPDATE 10/1/21: Mitsubishi has shared another photo of the upcoming plug-in-hybrid version of the Outlander. Its styling looks to be identical to the nonhybrid model, with the main differentiators being a charging port on the right rear fender and a hybrid badge.The company also detailed the hybrid’s all-wheel-drive system, which will use two electric motors, one powering the front wheels and one powering the rear wheels. It will offer seven drive modes, including Normal, Gravel, Snow, Power, and Eco settings. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
Mitsubishi is currently selling the previous-generation Outlander plug-in hybrid alongside the redesigned nonhybrid 2022 Outlander, but that will change next year when a PHEV version based on the new model arrives in the U.S. Mitsubishi shared two photos of the new hybrid and shared a few tidbits of information about this new model, saying that it will go on sale in the U.S. in the second half of 2022.
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The new Outlander hybrid’s gas-electric powertrain will have a more powerful electric motor and a larger battery capacity, which should give it more electric driving range than the current car’s EPA rating of 24 miles on battery power. Mitsubishi also says that the packaging of the new platform allows for a third-row seat in the hybrid model, which gives it the same seven-passenger seating capacity as the nonhybrid.PHEV SUVSTested: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Seriously QuickFord Escape PHEV Boasts 37 Miles of Battery Range
It’s unclear if the Outlander’s corporate cousin, the Nissan Rogue, will also gain a plug-in-hybrid variant. The two models currently share a platform and a powertrain, but Nissan has not announced any plans for a Rogue hybrid. Other compact-crossover rivals have added plug-in-hybrid models recently including the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.
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