By on March 7, 2012

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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18 Comments on “Geneva 2012: Mitsubishi Outlander Gets Plug-In Variant, 31 Mile EV Range...”

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    I was inside GM’s Design Centre when the Aztek was being developed. And still I wonder, how do designs like the new Outlander’s happen? At least with the Aztek they were trying to do something interesting.

    • 0 avatar

      A few weeks ago, I saw an Aztek that had been painted burnt orange (including all the black bits) sitting on big rims. I thought it was actually a sharp-looking vehicle for someone who wants to be noticed. Maybe Cadillac has inured me to all the sharp angles.

    • 0 avatar

      Are you commenting on the generic-ness of it? It’s plain, but it’s far from offensive (other than the baby poop brown).

    • 0 avatar

      Focus group: “It’s butt-ugly.”

      Report writer: “The focus group was impressed with the polarizing styling.”

    • 0 avatar
      PJ McCombs

      Agreed, this truly is a baffling styling job. It looks like something that would have come *before* the outgoing model–the plain lines and “Altezza” taillights are straight out of 2003.

  • avatar

    There is Waaaay worse than this thing out there. I think it looks better than the CRV that was on here yesterday.

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    Sure, and Burger King’s burgers taste better than McD’s.

    The new CR-V manages to look worse every time I see one. I find myself almost missing the previous one.

    Might as well note that the RAV4 is no beauty while I’m at it.

    But the second-generation Outlander was actually a fairly attractive vehicle even after they added the elongated Evo nose.

    • 0 avatar

      My neighbor has a new CR-V. She usually parks it nose out in her driveway, and I’ve thought it’s not bad. One day, she parked nose in, and there’s just something “wrong” about the back end. It’s too pinched in, like a large woman in spandex pants. It just doesn’t go with the front.

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    The most shocking thing about this news item is that it suggests someone at Mitsubishi continues to work on R&D.

    (Yes, I know Mitsu continues to sell cars elsewhere in the world. Forgive my US-centric perspective, but I don’t know anyone who has even shopped for a Mitsubishi in at least 10 years.)

    • 0 avatar

      I did (07 Outlander) and I’d by one again (if I could get a large discount due to being obsoleted)

      I agree with most to comments about the styling it just looks boring and obese. To boot the best feature of the gen 2 has gone – the split tailgate.

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    They maybe down on luck- but nobody’s ever accused Mitsubishi of being behind on technology. They remain a world class engineering company. They were probably the first manufacturer to put direct injection gas motors out onto the streets.

    As an aside- the Outlander looks awkward, but the Outlander Sport doesn’t look too bad at all.

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      My 15 year old Mitsi has factory GPS, TV, Touchscreen auto climate control for front and rear passengers, adjustable suspension, 3 kinds of 4wd, and parking sensors.

      Of course, the TV tuner is analog, and the GPS shows me 60 miles off the coast of Japan, but still, cool tech.

    • 0 avatar
      Bill Wade

      I’m the unfortunate owner of one of those direct injection vehicles, a Pajero IO GDI. Nobody has ever figured out why it tends to misfire, hold a rough throttle at steady speeds nor why all of them need to run for a minute or more on a cold start or they’ll stall.

      Couple that with their renown problem with poorly designed lifters and Mitsubishi can take a hike.

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    30 mile range? This has the potential to kill the Chevy Volt, especially if the MSRP is below $40k.

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    The last thing Mitsubishi did that anyone noticed was bombing Pearl Harbor.

    Oh. And the 1st generation Eclipse GSX/GST.

    Those were sweet.

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    “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.”

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