2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the first permanent four-wheel-drive electric vehicle in series production from Japanese Manufacturer. This model will officially unveiled at 2012 Paris Auto Show this week.
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV power will come from a 2.0-liter, gas-slurping four with two 60-kilowatt electric motors electric motors and a 70-kilowatt generator.
The Outlander PHEV can be operate in three drive modes that are engaged automatically: Pure EV, series hybrid, and parallel hybrid. Electric-only operation is said to be feasible for up to 34 miles at a maximum speed of 75 mph, and topping off the battery takes just four hours using a 240-volt outlet. Series hybrid operation is possible, in which the gas engine powers only the generator to feed the battery. In all-electric mode, it can drive for around 20 miles on a full charge from its 12 kilowatt-hour battery pack.
In the body design, Outlander PHEV looks similar with gasoline Outlander version. On the exterior, the only giveaways that the plug-in is special are a unique grille, a monochrome paint job, LED taillights, and 18-inch wheels.
The manufacturer claims that hybrid system is good for 143 mpg (measured on Japan’s JC08 test) and a 547-mile driving range. To further help energy regeneration, Mitsubishi allows Outlander Plug-In Hybrid drivers to manually select a Battery Charge mode that fires the engine to feed the cells electricity. Speaking of the batteries, they’re located entirely between the front and rear wheels. The location of the juice box results in a relatively neutral 55/45 percent front-to-rear weight distribution and a lower center of gravity.
The new 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will go on sale in European market late this year or early next year. There is no pricing detail has been announced at this time.