2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid detailed before Paris debut

Mitsubishi has dropped some new details on its upcoming Outlander Plug-in Hybrid SUV prior to its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month.

Originally previews by the PX-MiEV II Concept, the production model will now hit roads early next year in Japan with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine along with two electric-motors that produce 81-hp and 144 lb-ft of torque. The electric-motors are fueled by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery.

The setup allows the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to travel 34 miles on electric power alone with a total range of 547 miles. Mitsubishi said it expects a combined fuel economy rating of 61 km/liter or 143.5 mpg.

The plug-in hybrid SUV has three driving modes including Pure (electric-only), Series (electric motors running with the petrol engine recharging batteries) and Parallel (electric motors and gasoline engine working together).

Mitsubishi will eventually launch the Outlander PHEV in other markets including Europe and North America.

– By: Omar Rana