The long-awaited 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid model will arrive at dealerships in spring 2016.
Mitsubishi's next Outlander will ride on the same platform and have the same engines and transmissions as the current model, but it will feature over 130 updates, including more sound-deadening material and improved fuel economy.
The seven-passenger 2015 Outlander offers two powertrain choices. They are a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission and a 3.0-liter V6 engine linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. The two engines will receive more tuning for the 2016 model year to gain better fuel economy.
The base 2015 Outlander with the 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine returns 25 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
Mitsubishi expects to hold the line on 2016 Outlander pricing. The 2015 Outlander ES starts at $24,045, including an $850 destination charge.
No images of the 2016 Outlander are available at this point, but teasers will debut after the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.
"The concept showcases aggressive styling and a level of refinement that will be coming to Mitsubishi vehicles," said Mitsubishi Motors North America Executive Vice President Don Swearingen in a statement. "All of our 2016 model year vehicles will be refreshed with our new brand identity, starting with the 2016 Outlander."
Edmunds says: Shoppers making their plans for summer should expect a 2016 Outlander with more stylish appointments inside and out.