US Debut of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Delayed Until 2016

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
us debut of mitsubishi outlander phev delayed until 2016

Those waiting for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to come to North America will need to keep holding their breath until next year.

According to Automotive News Mitsubishi Motors North American executive vice president Don Swearingen announced during last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show that the crossover PHEV — already on sale in Japan and Europe since 2013 — will arrive in the United States around April of 2016. The delay is due in part to a shortage in battery packs, as well as a California mandate requiring the fitment of battery-degradation sensors to said packs.

Once it does hit the showrooms, the crossover will face competition from the likes of the Volvo XC90 PHEV and the equally oft-delayed Tesla Model X. The Outlander PHEV derives its power from a 2-liter gasoline engine and a pair of electric motors fore and aft, and boasts a range of 32.5 miles in electric-only mode.

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  • Flybrian Flybrian on Jan 30, 2015

    "Once it does hit the showrooms, the crossover will face competition from the likes of the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V until that customer realizes they don't qualify for any one of those cars but the last remaining Used Car Emporium Verneered As A Mitsubishi Dealer will approve them on remaining stock of 16MY Outlanders with minimal stips and give them WAAAAY more than they expect for their '09 Grand Vitara." Fixed it for you.

  • Davefromcalgary Davefromcalgary on Jan 30, 2015

    That's actually a really flattering picture. Look at that sweet belt-line and all that glass!

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    • Jhefner Jhefner on Jan 30, 2015

      @Corey Lewis I see the tension with the hoot cut line, but sides are clean, and the "A" and "D" pillars are nice and thin without a DLO fail. (They didn't follow Ford and Honda this time by putting a reverse slant to rear edge of the rear glass, so we have a thin "D" pillar this time.) There is no gaping maw in the front, and the headlights aren't bad, so this not yet another angry fish design. I agree is actually good looking for a 2015 model.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jan 30, 2015

    This is a very poorly done photo if it's a publicity shot. What was this person doing, starting a U-turn and decided to bail and snap a photo? It's not in a parking spot, nearly facing the wrong way, and there's a red curb behind it which is dirty. The paint stripe on the road covers up the 80s 4WD sticker on the rear door. And we've got a dirty access door and some crappy potted plants behind it. It's winter in Ohio, and I could find a better scene than this in ten minutes.