By this time next year, Mitsubishi will finally unveil a plug-in hybrid version of its new Outlander SUV.
Unlike the outgoing model carrying over for 2022, the new Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) will be closely related to the Nissan Rogue. It’s not clear if the Rogue will be offered in a PHEV version; Nissan briefly toyed with a Rogue Hybrid a few years ago, but its fuel-economy gains were minimal.
Mitsubishi promises a greater electric-only range than the current model and seating for up to seven passengers. PHEVs differ from conventional hybrids in that they boast enough battery capacity to drive for relatively short distances using only the electric motor(s) — daily commutes and the like — before a gas engine fires up.
The new model will have big tire tracks to follow since the outgoing Outlander PHEV was a remarkably advanced SUV when it went on sale in 2013 in certain global markets. The Outlander PHEV didn’t land here until 2017, though, and by then, its 24-mile battery-only range was a little less impressive.
In Europe, the Outlander PHEV was one of the top-selling vehicles for several years, due in part to ultra-low taxation in many countries. See Mitsubishi Outlander models for sale