Here’s a shocker (see what I did there?) – reader Syahrul Harun has sent us this picture of a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV being tested here in Malaysia. Looks like Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is gearing up towards introducing the plug-in hybrid SUV here soon.
Last we heard, MMM announced that it was planning to launch the Outlander PHEV by the end of 2013, but various production delays – which has affected the model’s US debut too – put paid to that. While postponed, the plan is back in motion, it seems.
The rear badges may be taped-up, but there’s no hiding that this is the PHEV version of the Outlander – the clear LED taillamp, special machine-polished 18-inch aluminium wheels and “Plug-in Hybrid EV” logo see to that. Looks pretty sweet, doesn’t it?
This is no standard hybrid. Here, a 118 PS/186 Nm 2.0 litre MIVEC engine is tasked to assist the separate electric motors fitted to each axle, which are rated at 60 kW/195 Nm up front, and 60 kW/137 Nm round the back. Yes, you read that right, the electric motors are the main source of propulsion.
It has an all-electric range of 60 km powered by the batteries alone, or nearly 900 km with the internal combustion engine acting as a generator, feeding electricity to the motors. Want to know more about it? Read our test drive report here: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review.