Geneva 2012: Mitsubishi Outlander Gets Plug-In Variant, 31 Mile EV Range

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
geneva 2012 mitsubishi outlander gets plug in variant 31 mile ev range

The Mitsubishi Outlander, a vehicle nobody cared about, is now sort of interesting, thanks to the addition of a Plug-in Hybrid system that is also compatible with the vehicle’s 4WD system.

With an EV range of 31 miles, the Outlander can run in Pure EV mode (only the front and rear electric motors), Series EV mode (where the gasoline engine assists the twin electric motors, which play a primary role in powering the car) and Parallel EV mode (where both systems work in tandem – this mode is used for higher speeds like freeway driving). There’s also a Battery Charge Mode, which, obviously, allows the battery to charge via the gasoline motors.

An on-sale date and pricing haven’t been announced, but the Outlander’s all-electric 4WD system and plug-in hybrid drivetrain look interesting. Mitsubishi’s precarious history and financial situation means that we’ll have to see it on dealer lots to believe it.

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  • Replica Replica on Mar 07, 2012

    The last thing Mitsubishi did that anyone noticed was bombing Pearl Harbor. Oh. And the 1st generation Eclipse GSX/GST. Those were sweet.

  • 360joules 360joules on Mar 08, 2012

    "well engineered planes" Very fast, very light, no self-sealing gas tanks nor armor for the pilot. One of my patients was a US Navy fighter ace in WW2. 10 minutes at his bedside was worth 3 hours of the History Channel. He told me once about lining up a Zero in his sights and pulling the trigger...all 4 of his .50 caliber (12.7 mm) guns jammed after the first round had cycled due to an armorer's error. He thought one of his rounds must have been a golden BB because the Zero pilot slumped over and his Zero slowly drifted into the sea. Even living in the NW US, Mitsubishi vehicles have become rare birds on my car radar since the early 2000's. Even at the music store that I take my kid for lessons, which has a parking lot filled with "curbside classics."

  • ToolGuy Price dropped $500 overnight. (Wait 10 more days and you might get it for free?)
  • Slavuta Must be all planned. Increase price of cars, urbanize, 15 minutes cities. Be poor, eat bugs
  • Sid SB Not seen a Core without the performance pack yet. Prefer the more understated look of the Core vs the Circuit, but both are great fun to drive.
  • El scotto Tesla has one team making EV's because that is all Tesla does. Farley -rolls eyes- decided to split Ford into two huge warring factions: ICE vs EV. Hey Jimbo, it says "FORD" on the buildings.Lord only knows what GM did internally because it's GM. I'm betting it's like Ford pitting ICE vs EVs. With GM being GM every existing division will be divided.Stellantis will keep building Challengers and Rams. Someday they may figure out that Jeep is the fugu fish of the automotive sushi world and unload to some Chinese. EV's? no, not really.If this site was The Truth About HVAC (TTAH) some on here would tell us that central heating and air causes unknown illnesses, will be bad, and cause a degradation of our nation's moral fiber. By golly they shoveled coal and carry ash buckets and that shouldn't change.
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