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Mitsubishi Brings Electrified 2017 Outlander to New York Auto Show

Mitsubishi Brings Electrified 2017 Outlander to New York Auto Show

By Philly Murtha, March 24, 2016
This fall, Mitsubishi is bringing a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) version of its Outlander SUV to the U.S. market, according to company officials. The announcement was made during the automaker’s press conference at this week’s New York International Auto Show. The company states that the Outlander PHEV is the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the European market. Originally, it was supposed to arrive in the United States two years ago.

The production-ready Outlander PHEV is powered by a twin-electric motor 4-wheel-drive system that includes a pair of electric motors at the front and rear axles with a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine. A high-capacity, 12-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack supplies the electricity for the motors. The system automatically selects whether to rely on electric or gasoline power and uses regenerative braking to capture extra electricity. There are three driving modes: full electric mode, hybrid with engine supporting the battery, and parallel hybrid, where the engine and motors work together.

Styling for the PHEV version is nearly the same as the conventionally powered Outlander, except for a charging port and different badging. A host of advanced safety and infotainment systems will be available and will include: surround-view camera monitor, forward-collision mitigation, pedestrian-detection system, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and available integration for smartphone connectivity and apps. More details about pricing and specs will be revealed later.

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