Mitsubishi to Unveil Outlander PHEV at Paris Auto Show
Mitsubishi will debut its new Outlander plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle at the Paris auto show running from Sept. 29-Oct. 14.
The Japanese auto maker emphasizes the new cross/utility vehicle is neither an adaptation of the existing Outlander powered by an internal-combustion engine nor a concept showing various PHEV technologies. Instead, it shares the mechanical platform of the new Outlander range set for European launch in 2013.
The all-wheel-drive Outlander PHEV has two electric motors, one on each axle, and a gasoline-powered forward engine that can act as a generator, recharge the batteries or provide power for the front wheels.
It will have three different propulsion modes:
All-electric, using only the two electric motors.
Series, with the ICE generating power for the motors.
Parallel, with the ICE providing most of the power with support from the motors.
Mitsubishi claims the Outlander PHEV will be the first mass-production plug-in with AWD. The vehicle’s combined gasoline/electric range will be about 500 miles (800 km) and carbon-dioxide emissions will be less than 50 g/km.