Originally released as the PX-MiEV concept back in 2009, Mitsubishi is now announcing that the plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander will be headed for the Paris Auto Show later this fall. Mitsubishi has released a teaser photo of the Outlander PHEV that shows a basic outline, along with the battery pack location, engine location and the direction of the rotation of the tires? We would guess the arrows are to help show that the full time 4wd drivetrain has the rear wheels powered by only electricity, while the front wheels are powered by the battery pack as well as the gasoline engine.
Mitsubishi claims the Outlander PHEV will be the first permanent 4wd electric vehicle in production. The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid will have 3 driving modes (all of them are 4wd). There is pure electric drive, series drive which is electric drive supported by the gas generator, and then parallel which is the internal combustion engine supported by Twin Motor 4wd (whatever that means).
Mitsubishi also claims the Outlander PHEV will have a total range of 497 miles and have less than 32 grams of CO2 per mile.
Inside Line reported that Mitsubishi told them the Outlander plug-in hybrid would come to the U.S. in late 2013 or early 2014. “It is definitely coming here,” said Roger Yasukawa, Mitsubishi Motors North America spokesman, in a phone conversation with Inside Line on Monday. “We are targeting fiscal year 2013 — which probably means the later part of 2013 to March 2014. As far as exact timing, we’re still studying it.”