Hints about Pricing and MPG for Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid


Mitsubishi-Outlander-PHEVLast week, Mitsubishi Motors in the U.K announced the release of their new Outlander SUV, and promised that they would offer a plug-in hybrid by June.  Pricing could be in the $41,000 to $50,000 range in the U.S.

Fuel efficiency and pricing information for the Outlander PHEV have not yet been released. However Lance Bradley, the managing director of Mitsubishi Motors U.K said that the vehicle could “perhaps” achieve 150 MPG at best. This vehicle, however, achieved 125 MPG on the Japanese fuel economy test, which tends to yield higher MPG ratings than the U.S EPA test.

Bradley said the vehicle price would be “highly competitive. This is the first four-wheel drive plug-in hybrid that seats seven people. It achieves 30 mile range in electric mode, and can travel an additional 250 miles using gasoline. The top speed in electric mode is 75 mph.

It is expected to go on sale in Australia in 2013, and the United States in 2014. Paul Unerkov, Mitsubishi Australia vice-president, said that the price will range from $40,000 to $50,000 AUD, which is $41,000 to $53,000 USD.

“This will put future technology in the driveways of mums and dads today,” Unerkov said, referring to the relatively affordable price tag, and the ability of the plug-in model to travel long distances without requiring a charge. “Over a year, we aim to sell them in the thousands, not the hundreds,” he said.

An SUV that achieves over 100 mpg is substantially efficient, and 30 mile electric range is long for a hybrid. Hybrid-electric vehicles use much smaller batteries and smaller electric motors than purely electric vehicles because that is cheaper, and their gas engines back them up when the 30 mile range is depleted, and when substantial amounts of power are needed.

If the Outlander PHEV comes even close to what the managing director said above, it will truly be an outstanding, standard setting vehicle.

Source: Plugincars.com

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  • Eric

    A plug in serial-hybrid AWD vehicle is the next thing I’m going to buy. Hopefully the range extender is diesel, though I live in the US, so this is unlikely.

  • Maxim

    They have done a great job making a very smooth power train which is much smother than Volts, you barely can notice ICE kicking in though Volt feels more dynamic

  • Dakotatycoon

    always NEXT year.  And yet next year never comes.  Consumers have been hearing these types of promises since 1997 yet they never materialize.  Until you see such a vehicle physically on a lot available for sale, don’t believe it.

  • Jeff3113

    If they keep the price down, Mits will not be able to meet the incredible demand in the US.

  • Kevin Adams

    This is the perfect vehicle for a rural Iowan who has a growing family.