When Mitsubishi introduced the first generation of its Outlander PHEV here, the response by consumers was overwhelmingly positive. The plug-in model helped significantly boost Mitsubishi and Outlander sales in Canada.
Since then, other manufacturers have followed with competing models, of course, including Toyota with its RAV4 Prime and Ford with the Escape PHEV. These offer more range (68 and 60 km, respectively) than the current Outlander PHEV (around 40 km).
Last year, Mitsubishi presented the new generation of its Outlander SUV, which borrows several elements from the Nissan Rogue. But the PHEV was not part of the rollout at that time; now, it's the turn of the plug-in hybrid variant to make its debut. Of course, those elements borrowed from the Rogue are still there, but the engine, hybrid system and all-wheel drive system are Mitsubishi's alone.
We had a pretty good idea of what to expect with this new generation, as much information has been divulged over the past year. But one detail was still under wraps, and in fact it remains so today, even after this week’s confirmation: the electric range of the next Outlander PHEV.