Mitsubishi to Unveil 2013 Outlander All-Wheel-Drive Plug-in Hybrid in Paris

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Mitsubishi will debut the plug-in hybrid version of the 2013 Outlander, which bowed in Geneva earlier this year, at the Paris Motor Show this fall. Originally previewed by the various PX-MiEV concepts of the last few years, the Outlander PHEV will be shown off in production form when it hits the stage in Paris. Mitsubishi says the third-generation Outlander will be the first mainstream automobile designed from the outset with conventional internal combustion and hybrid drivetrains in mind. Two electric motors will power the Outlander PHEV -- one in front and one in the rear -- supplemented by a front-mounted gasoline engine that can act as a traction motor or generator. The Outlander PHEV will also feature permanent four-wheel drive, and can drive its wheels through three selectable modes. “Series” and “Parallel” modes rely on the gasoline engine to act as a generator or directly power the wheels, while “Pure” mode runs the vehicle completely on electric power. Mitsubishi says the Outlander’s plug-in hybrid system achieves range and emissions performance close to that of the PX-MiEV II concept, which boasted a range of nearly 500 miles and a carbon emissions target of less than 50 g/km. The Outlander PHEVwill go on sale in Europe sometime in 2013, while the standard Outlander will begin deliveries in Western and Eastern Europe this fall. The Outlander Plug-in’s exact specifications aren’t yet available, but further details will be announced closer to the vehicle’s debut in Paris this September. Source: Mitsubishi

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