Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid SUV Hits Dealerships

By · January 10, 2018

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

After nearly five years of delays and recalls, Mitsubishi dealerships are now selling the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid. The company reported the first 100 sales in December. “The highly anticipated Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle just began shipping to our dealers,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid also went on sale in Canada in late 2017.

Coinciding with the first sales, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced efficiency ratings for the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid. It’s rated to provide 22 miles of all-electric range. When its battery pack is sufficiently charged, the vehicle offers 74 miles per gallon estimated. After the battery pack is depleted, the Outlander is rated at 25 mpg by the EPA. Its total driving range is 310 miles.

In a growing field of plug-in hybrid SUVs, the Mitsubishi Outlander has the lowest starting price at
$34,595—with the federal tax credit of $5,836 further reducing its price. The higher-trim GT version of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid starts at $41,235—bringing a premium audio system, adaptive cruise control, power sunroof, and LED headlights.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

The Outlander uses two 60-kW electric motors, one each on the front and rear axles, and a 2.0-liter gasoline engine, to produce 197 horsepower.

While the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is only now arriving to the United States, the vehicle curiously has been on sale in Europe since 2014. In fact, it’s the top-selling plug-in vehicle in the U.K.—beating out the Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model S. As of September 2017, there are more than 31,000 Outlander Plug-in Hybrids on UK roads, according to U.K.’s Fleet News. That’s a sizable portion of the 115,000 or so licensed vehicles that received plug-in car grants.

The plug-in Outlander is also the top-selling plug-in hybrid throughout Europe. Nearly one in five cars sold by Mitsubishi on the continent are plug-in electric—and most of them are the Outlander, which is genuinely considered a popular vehicle.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

Despite being the least expensive plug-in SUV on the market in the U.S.—and the only one available with all-wheel-drive—the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid will likely not reach the same level of popularity in America. Mitsubishi expects to sell between 3,000 and 4,000 of the plug-in hybrid model in the U.S. in 2018.

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