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Australia: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV here in April

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will arrive in Australian showrooms in April, almost 12 months after it was originally scheduled to hit the market.

Mitsubishi Australia delayed its introduction of the plug-in hybrid SUV due to battery supply constraints for the European and Japanese markets (4,000 units maximum capacity per month). Production was also halted between March and August following the discovery of a fault that caused one of the car’s lithium-ion battery packs to melt and another to catch fire.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will become the first plug-in hybrid SUV on sale in Australia. It will be capable of driving 60km in pure-electric mode and then use its 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as an electric generator to create enough charge to extend the range to more than 800km.

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Mitsubishi Australia executive director of marketing Tony Principe told CarAdvice the company believes it can sell 100 Outlander PHEVs per month in Australia, though is yet to finalise pricing and specifications of the range.

The Outlander PHEV is also set to get the 2014 model year updates expected for the regular Outlander variants from early next year, including larger wheels and higher equipment levels to help boost the new-generation SUV’s sales, which have lagged behind those of its successor to date.

The Outlander PHEV will be powered by two 60kW electric motors at the front and rear and an 87kW 2.0-litre petrol engine that can act as a generator in ‘Series’ mode or actually drive the wheels in ‘Parallel’ mode at higher highway speeds.
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