There’s a new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on the horizon.

    Mitsubishi is gearing up to reveal its second-generation Outlander plug-in hybrid SUV, ahead of its arrival in Australia during the first quarter of 2022.

    A spokesperson for Mitsubishi Australia has confirmed the petrol Outlander is still on track to touch down in September or October 2021, with the Outlander PHEV to follow “a quarter later”.

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    Mitsubishi hasn’t yet revealed details about what will power the new Outlander PHEV.

    Battery-only range is likely to grow from the current 54km claim, and a more sophisticated take on the current all-wheel drive setup is expected to feature.

    Mitsubishi said in 2018 it’s targeting between 80km and 100km of pure-electric range from its plug-in hybrid system. Bi-directional charging will also feature.

    The new Outlander PHEV will be joined by a plug-in hybrid version of the smaller Eclipse Cross SUV in the middle of this year.

    It will touch down during the third quarter of 2021. Combined, the plug-in hybrid Outlander and Eclipse Cross are part of a new Mitsubishi plan to hit the sales podium in Australia.

    Unveiled in 2012 and updated in 2019, the outgoing Outlander PHEV was a trailblazer for Mitsubishi.

    It became the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in December 2018, and in 2019 ticked past more than 200,000 global sales.

    Rivals in Australia remain thin on the ground, especially around the $50,000 mark.

    Peugeot has locked in the 3008 PHEV for Australia, and Ford is still planning to bring the Escape PHEV ST-Line to local showrooms, but the Outlander PHEV was unrivalled for much of its life.

    The current Outlander PHEV pairs a 2.4-litre petrol engine with a 13.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack, good for 54km of claimed range.

    The engine makes 94kW and 199Nm, and there are motors on both axles adding a combined 130kW and 332Nm.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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