Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV debuts at Paris

27 Sep, 2012 10:45am

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been unveiled, alongside the Mirage supermini

Mitsubishi has revealed its all-new plug-in hybrid, the Outlander PHEV, at the Paris Motor Show.

Based on the recently facelifted Mitsubishi Outlander, the world’s first plug-in SUV will benefit from a four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine, as well as a 79bhp electric motor. This means it will have a range of more than 34 miles on battery power alone.

It uses proven technology first seen in the all-electric i-MiEV city car, and targets combined fuel efficiency of 143mpg and a petrol/electric cruising range of more than 540 miles.

A twin-motor four-wheel-drive system sends instant torque to all four corners – delivering better response than more conventional mechanical systems. Mitsubishi also claims the Outlander’s battery can charge from flat in approximately 4.5 hours and reach 80 per cent in just 30 minutes.

On sale in Japan from early 2013, there are currently no details as to when the Outlander PHEV will reach the UK. However, if it does, we can expect prices to start from around £30,000.

The Outlander PHEV was joined on the Mitsubishi stand by the new Mirage supermini, which is already on sale in Japan and will arrive in UK showrooms in April 2013.

The Nissan Micra rival is the first car to use Mitsubishi's new 'global small' platform and is built at the firm's new factory in Thailand.

It will be available with a choice of two three-cylinder petrol engines: a 70bhp 1.0-litre and a 79bhp 1.2-litre. Both versions are free to tax thanks to CO2 emissions of 92g/km and 96g/km respectively.

The 1.2-litre produces 106 Nm of torque, has a 0-62mph time of 11.7 seconds, a 112mph top speed and is said to return 68.9mpg.

All versions come with stop-start and regenerative braking, and are fitted with a five-speed manual as standard, while a CVT gearbox is optional. Standard safety kit will include ABS, ESP, brake assist and hill start assist.

Mitsubishi has also previewed the facelifted ASX crossover and i-MiEV Evolution all-electric racecar.

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Actually the Outlander is reported to have two 80 bhp electric motors, for a total electric output of 160 bhp.

It recharges in 4.5 hours on a domestic 240V supply, but the 30 minute recharge is achieved with the CHAdeMO rapid chargers that are now popping up in garages, service stations and supermarkets.

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