Mitsubishi took the stage in Paris with a plug-in hybrid version of its new-for-2013 Outlander crossover.
The Outlander PHEV uses both a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a pair of 60 kwH eletric motors on each axle for propulsion. Like the Chevrolet Volt, the Outlander PHEV is capable of motoring for about 35 miles (in ideal conditions) using purely electric power. Once its battery is depleted, the gas engine kicks on to perform as a generator to provide power to the electric motors and the batteries.
The twin electric motors effectively give the Outlander PHEV all-wheel-drive, meaning it retains foul weather and dirt road capabilities similar to its standard brethren.
Like other hybrids, the Outlander PHEV's regenerative braking system adds a small amount of charge to the batteries to further reduce consumption. A battery charge mode selected via the PHEV-exclusive gear lever to generate additional battery charge.
According to Mitsubishi, the Outlander PHEV can run up to 540 miles on a charge and a full tank of fuel.
Physically, the Outlander PHEV differs little from its conventionally-powered sibling. A special silver paint scheme and a unique front grille serve to set it apart.
The Outlander PHEV will arrive in Japan early next year, with European sales following shortly thereafter. No word on U.S. availability.