Oh, say it isn’t so!
Unfortunately, it’s true. The long-awaited, delay-stricken Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been scaled back for another year. According to a Mitsubishi Motors North America spokesman, the Outlander PHEV’s launch has been delayed in order to raise the level of competitiveness to exceed expectations in the United States. As a result, the expected launch date is now summer 2017.
Although the Outlander PHEV has been delayed, Mitsubishi states that the vehicle will be tuned to meet American standard and offers all of the features and driving style that drivers are used to. If European models are anything to go by, it’s bound to be an impressive plug-in hybrid.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV became a hit with its 2013 launch. It became the bestselling plug-in model in Europe for both 2014 and 2015. In 2015, more than 30,000 models left dealer lots and 60% of Outlander sold were PHEVs.
The Outlander PHEV packs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. Mitsubishi claims that the plug-in hybrid will offer off-roading and water fording to some extent.
This isn’t the first time the Outlander PHEV has been delayed. Mitsubishi originally announced the latest addition would launch in summer. That date was then pushed back to November 2016.
Here at Bakersfield Mitsubishi, we’re waiting on the edge of out seat for the release of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV next summer!