Mitsubishi Motors will continue to roll out its global and green new product generation at the Paris Motor Show in late September with a series of significant premieres, including the debut of the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid.

Neither an adaptation of an existing internal combustion engine powered vehicle, nor a dedicated plug-in hybrid technology showcase, the new Outlander PHEV will share its architecture with the soon-to-be-introduced Outlander’s conventional versions, the first mainstream car envisaged from the outset for either ICE or PHEV power trains.

The electric motor on the new model will be supplemented by a petrol engine which, Mitsubishi says, is “more suited to global markets than diesel”. It will also be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production.

The Outlander PHEV’s drive train combination of front electric motor + rear electric motor + front traction/generator petrol engine will translate into a choice of three driving modes:

  • Pure (Twin Motor 4WD EV)
  • Series (Twin Motor 4WD - EV supported by generator)
  • Parallel (ICE engine supported by Twin Motor 4WD).

The Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid system will allow for long haul range along with low emissions similar to that of the Concept PX-MiEV II show car - a driving distance of over 800 km and a CO2 target below 50 g/km.

Conventionally-powered versions of the new Outlander will go on sale in Western and Eastern Europe in the autumn and will be joined by the PHEV some time next year.