Outlander PHEV details for US version

This week at the New York Auto Show, Mitsubishi revealed more details about the upcoming Outlander PHEV destined for the North American markets.

The updated Outlander is now available in North America, and the plug-in hybrid version will be available in early 2014. The Outlander plug-in hybrid blends the i-MiEV technology with Super All-Wheel Control (from the Lancer Evolution) and the ruggedness and reliability that the Montero and Outlander SUV are known for. It uses an EV based drivetrain that uses a pair of electric motors and is supplemented by a front mounted 2 liter gasoline engine.

One electric motor is placed in the front, the other is in the rear of the vehicle, and each powers its own axle independently for optimal front and rear power split depending on driving needs. Both of these motors are connected to a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that allows the Outlander PHEV to be driven up to 30 miles (in the Japanese spec Outlander on the Japanese test cycle) in pure electric mode.

The lithium-ion battery pack has been sealed in a dust and waterproof case that is located underneath the passenger compartment and between the front and rear axles. Mitsubishi was very careful and specific in making sure the battery pack and the rear electric motor do not protrude into the passenger or cargo areas. The rear electric motor is, however, placed in the space that the optional 3rd row seats would be in if a gasoline Outlander was purchased with the option – that means the Outlander PHEV is a 5 passenger only.

Refer to the diagram below to see the location of the drivetrain components on the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

New Outlander PHEV at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.

New Outlander PHEV at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.

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