It’s proven an instant hit with buyers across Asia and Europe — and now the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is about to get a refresh to make it more attractive to U.S. buyers.
What’s more, we’ll get to see what it could look like for the first time later this fall when the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Concept S debuts at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Designed to strike the perfect balance between a practical four-wheel drive SUV and a plug-in vehicle, the current generation Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV marries a two-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with not one but two powerful 30 kilowatt electric motors and a 12 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
In everyday use, the Mitsubishi Outlander can drive up to 30 miles on a single charge in electric mode as speeds of up to 70 mph, while a blended power mode makes it possible to drive up to 100 miles at a combined fuel economy in excess of 50 MPG.
What makes the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV stand out from the rest of the plug in hybrid market however is the inclusion of a CHAdeMO DC quick charge port, allowing the on-board battery to be filled to 80 per cent state of charge in around 30 minutes.
While the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has literally flown off dealer lots in Europe and Asia, it has yet to launch in the U.S., where the market is crying out for a practical, affordable plug in SUV.
The plug-in won’t launch there however until next year, after a much-needed refresh, says Mitsubishi executives.
It’s no surprise then that the model’s refresh – a ground up redesign which will give the Outlander the same family appearance as other new Mitsubishi models – will also make it more appealing to U.S. buyers. Expect features to include a more stylish, less boxy appearance, more luxurious interior befitting a premium plug-in, and perhaps more all-electric range too.
The Outlander PHEV Concept S, which Mitsubishi is still referring to as a special package for the Outlander’s four-wheel drive, twin motor plug-in hybrid drivetrain, is generally accepted to give the first real indications of what this car will look like when it debuts some time next year, but as of the current time of writing we don’t know if the refresh will tweak the highly popular plugin hybrid drive train to better suite U.S. tastes.
In the meantime, take a look at this Mitsubishi teaser image and tell us what you think in the Comments below.
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