Mitsubishi confirms plug-in hybrid SUV for 2013

Mitsubishi PX-MiEV Concept

Mitsubishi will expand its MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative electric vehicle) lineup with the addition of a plug-in hybrid SUV in 2013, Yoshikazu Nakamura, senior executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s global electric vehicle business said.

The plug-in hybrid SUV will be similar to the Px-MiEV concept car that made its debut at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show and is in the final stages of development, Nakamura said.

Power for the Px-MiEV concept comes from two electric-motors at the front and rear wheels and a 1.6L DOHC MIVEC gasoline engine, which works as a generator. Riding on Mitsubishi’s all-new S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) system, the PX-MiEV returns an estimated fuel-economy of 118 mpg in U.S. terms. It has the capability of traveling up to 30 miles on electric power alone.

Nakamura didn’t confirm the name of the plug-in hybrid SUV but said that it will carry the “MiEV” moniker.

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