Outlander PHEV Concept S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S To Debut At Paris Motor Show

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.

Mitsubishi's Outlander PHEV Concept S will debut at this autumn's Paris Motor Show

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV Concept S will debut at this autumn’s 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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  • “the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has _literally_ flown off dealer lots in Europe and Asia”nnThat’s impressive 🙂 It is nearly 2015 and it’s time we had flying cars, I suppose!nnMore seriously though, a crossover vehicle like this could be perfect for getting the general driving population used to plugging their car in. It could also show a lot of them that even if 30 miles of charge isn’t quite enough on a daily basis, it’s probably not far short. Maybe their next vehicle could then be 100% electric. nnBefore that, clearly it’s got to look the part for most people to consider it, so hopefully this restyle will help (not to mention actually being available to buy for them!) Odd the restyle isn’t coming to Europe, though at least it’s available to buy here already.nnI’ve got to wonder why Nissan aren’t all over this market, I see a lot of Qashqais about and they have the know how…

  • D. Harrower

    A questions about CHAdeMO (CdM): Is all CdM capability the same? Some terminals are 24kW, others are 50kW. Can the Outlander do both?nnWhat triggered these questions is the claim that the Outlander, which has a 12kWh battery, can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes. Is this not the same claim as for a Nissan Leaf, which has a much larger 40kWh battery?nnPerhaps the Outlander’s CdM can only charge at a reduced rate?

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