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Australia: Mitsubishi plug-in to undercut Volt

Mitsubishi Australia has vowed to price its new plug-in hybrid Outlander SUV cheaper than the Holden Volt; which uses similar technology. The Japanese company unveiled the new mid-size SUV at the Sydney motor show today.

Officially known as the Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) the car uses the electric drivetrain from the i-MiEV city car for the majority of its running, but can have its range extended to 880km thanks to a 2.0-litre petrol engine that works in tandem with the electric motor and batteries.

“Monday to Friday you don’t have to do any refuelling, just plug it in for four hours,” said Mitsubishi Australia president Mutsuhiro Oshikiri.

Although the final price of the car is still being decided ahead of its launch in the middle of 2013, Oshikiri vowed to make it the most affordable plug-in hybrid by offering it for less than the $59,990 Holden charges for the Volt.

“Volt is $60,000, we will be an affordable price,” Oshikiri said.

The rest of the Outlander range will go on sale in November with a choice of two four-cylinder petrol engines as well as a new diesel option; which is replacing the petrol V6 from the out-going model.

The company hasn’t released power and torque figures for the new engine but has revealed the fuel economy numbers.

The two-wheel drive range is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine, which uses 7.0 litres per 100km when paired with a five-speed manual gearbox and 6.6L/100km when paired with the CVT (continuously variable transmission).

The 2WD will be available in two trim levels, ES and LS, with the ES priced from $28,990 and the LS (which comes standard with the CVT) priced from $34,990.


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