The company will finally introduce its first US-bound PHEV crossover.Mitsubishi has reportedly confirmed plans to unveil the 2017 Outlander PHEV at the New York auto show.An Outlander plug-in hybrid has been available in overseas markets for several years. Rumors initially pointed to a US launch in 2014, but the launch has faced several delays.
Mitsubishi in mid-2014 claimed it was working on a "completely different" Outlander PHEV for the US market. An Autoblog report claims the US-bound 2017 model is a close match to the current-generation non-hybrid Outlander (pictured) in terms of exterior design.
Engineers are said to have developed a new battery-management system that monitors individual cells, potentially improving performance. The crossover is expected to be powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors. It is unclear if the US edition will be capable of matching the 32 miles of electric range offered by the Euro-spec package.
The Outlander PHEV will be the first model to kick off Mitsubishi's hybrid-focused turnaround strategy for the US market. The company will offer at least three plug-in hybrid SUVs within the next few years, dropping the i-MiEV and adding a new coupe-like crossover to slot between the Outlander and Outlander Sport.