NEW YORK — The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was introduced in the U.S. for the first time here at the 2016 New York Auto Show. It is the first non-luxury midsize SUV to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
As in other plug-in hybrids, that powertrain is capable of operating as a full electric vehicle, as a "series" hybrid (electric power fed by the gasoline engine) or a "parallel" hybrid (both electric and engine power capable of directly feeding the front wheels). The car itself automatically selects the most efficient drive mode.
A specialized version of Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel-drive system is standard and controlled by a pair of electric motors. Those are fed by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Mitsubishi did not announce EPA estimates for electric range or fuel economy.
Unlike the regular Outlander, the PHEV can seat only five (the battery fits where the available third row would be). It also features a distinctive electronic shifter on its center console.
The Outlander PHEV also signals the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to Mitsubishi's features menu. Other advanced tech features include a multi-angle parking camera, a forward collision mitigation system with pedestrian detection, a blind-spot warning system and rear-cross traffic alert.
Look for the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at dealerships this fall.
Edmunds says: The Mitsubishi Outlander has failed to stand out in an impressive field of midsize SUV competitors, but the PHEV's plug-in hybrid powertrain is unique to the segment and could help it stand out.