TOKYO: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will launch an improved plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model of the all-new Outlander crossover in Japan by early 2022.
With improved motor output and increased battery capacity over the current model, the new Outlander is touted as offering more powerful performance and greater driving range.
Plus it's no longer a 5-seater as it will now seat 7 people.
Mitsubishi says the crossover is based on a newly developed platform and has an optimised layout to fit seven people in three rows comfortably.
The current Outlander PHEV, introduced in mid-2018, uses a 13.8 kWh battery (up from 12 kWh in the original PHEV) and twin-motor AWD system for a 10% higher power output. Electric range is 45km (WLTP).
Since the launch of the Outlander PHEV globally in 2013, it has been sold in more than 60 countries around the world and is a leader in the PHEV category.
MMC has targeted a 40 percent reduction in the CO2 emissions of its new cars by 2030 by leveraging on EVs — with PHEVs as the centrepiece — to help create a sustainable society.