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Mitsubishi Outlander gets plug-in hybrid system

First permanent four-wheel-drive hybrid revealed

Mitsubishi will unveil a new plug-in hybrid version of its Outlander 4×4 at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September.

The new car will be the first permanent four-wheel-drive hybrid to go into production.

01 Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid

The Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid will be on show at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Plug-in Mitubishi hybrid

The new Outlander will utilise a brace of electric motors in conjunction with a conventional petrol engine.

Mitsubishi is yet to confirm which engine will power the plug-in hybrid off-roader, but it is likely to receive a retuned version of the stop-start-equipped 148bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine already earmarked for the new Outlander.

A pair of electric motors acting on the front and rear axles will supplement the engine. We don’t yet know how powerful the electric units will be, but they may be similar to the 66bhp units from the i-MiEV supermini.

02 Mitsubishi Outlander The new Outlander will be the first permanent four-wheel-drive hybrid

Less than 50g/km CO2

Mitsubishi is targeting CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km for the new car – equating to around 131mpg – and a total combined range of over 500 miles.

The on-board petrol engine will act as a generator to recharge the car’s batteries, plus it can be plugged into an electricity supply to top-up power.

Outlander driving modes

A choice of three driving modes will be available in the new Outlander plug-in hybrid: Pure, Series and Parallel.

Pure mode utilises electric propulsion only, with both motors driving the wheels to give four-wheel drive, but zero tailpipe emissions.

Series mode again uses the electric drive units, but is supported by the on-board engine to generate electricity when reserves are low. Parallel mode employs both the engine and motors to drive the wheels.

Expect more information closer to the car’s debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show.

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