- the new mitsubishi outlander will again have a plug-in-hybrid version.
- unlike the current outlander phev, the new model will have a third-row seat.
- the outlander phev will arrive in the u.s. in the second half of calendar-year 2022, likely as a 2023 model.
mitsubishi is currently selling the previous-generation outlander plug-in hybrid alongside the redesigned nonhybrid 2022 outlander, but that will change next year when a phev version based on the new model arrives in the u.s. mitsubishi shared two photos of the new hybrid and shared a few tidbits of information about this new model, saying that it will go on sale in the u.s. in the second half of 2022.
the new outlander hybrid's gas-electric powertrain will have a more powerful electric motor and a larger battery capacity, which should give it more electric driving range than the current car's epa rating of 24 miles on battery power. mitsubishi also says that the packaging of the new platform allows for a third-row seat in the hybrid model, which gives it the same seven-passenger seating capacity as the nonhybrid.
it's unclear if the outlander's corporate cousin, the nissan rogue, will also gain a plug-in-hybrid variant. the two models currently share a platform and a powertrain, but nissan has not announced any plans for a rogue hybrid. other compact-crossover rivals have added plug-in-hybrid models recently including the toyota rav4 and ford escape.