Mitsubishi Unveils the 2013 Outlander PHEV in Paris


Mitsubishi has recently surprised everyone who attended the 2012 Paris Auto Show by showcasing one of its latest car models which is the 2013 Outlander PHEV.

Unlike its conventional gas-powered sibling, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is equipped with a gas engine, hybrid batteries, and a pair of electric motors. Mitsubishi has decided to use the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine. But instead of directly propelling the Outlander PHEV, the gasoline engine acts as a generator for the vehicle’s batteries and electric motors.

Based on the information provided earlier, it is quite obvious that the main power sources of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are the two 60-kwH electric motors. These motors were basically connected to the vehicle’s rear and front axle to provide each of these with the sufficient amount of power to take on the existing road condition of the area where the vehicle is driven.

Mitsubishi has also stressed out that the Outlander PHEV is capable of running a maximum range of 35 miles on ideal road and weather conditions using pure electric power only. In the event that the vehicle’s batteries are depleted, the gasoline engine automatically kicks in and acts as the Outlander PHEV’s generator.

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is also capable of getting additional charges through its regenerative braking system. Thus, the charges generated when the vehicle is braking could possibly be absorbed by its batteries.

Given this set-up, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is expected to cover a maximum range of 540 miles in a single full charge and a single full tank of fuel. The good thing with this vehicle is that it retained its off-road and foul weather prowess. Due to this, the Outlander PHEV could still be considered as an ideal member of the Outlander lineup.

In terms of physical appearance, the Outlander PHEV still looks like its conventional gas-powered sibling. Although there might be some slight differences between their physical attributes, all of these are merely noticeable.

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is expected to arrive in Japan in the earlier parts of the coming year. The European version is believed to arrive shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, Mitsubishi has failed to mention as to whether this vehicle would be offered on sale in the US. However, the Japanese car maker has also failed to directly state that this will not be sold in the American market. Finally, the Japanese car maker has also decided not to reveal the vehicle’s pricing information.

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