Will the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander again deliver the world’s best-selling PHEV? [Update]

Mitsubishi has announced that the next-gen Outlander will debut in early 2021 (January-April 2021) and on sale in the U.S. market as an MY2022 model in Q2 2021 (April-June 2021).

The next-gen Mitsubishi Outlander will have bigger dimensions, and feature a bolder, completely new design, thanks to a new design language. Remarkable interior refinements will also be seen in the next-gen model and Mitsubishi says that its upcoming mid-size SUV will be the quietest and best-equipped model ever sold in the USA.

The Mitsubishi Outlander, or any Mitsubishi, may not be the car when you think of global best-sellers. But the fact is that the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and is the lone bright spot for the company in the European market. The question now is that can Mitsubishi repeat the success with the next-gen Outlander?

Following the world premiere of the Mk3 Outlander in March 2012, Mitsubishi was quick to roll out its plug-in hybrid electric variant in September 2012. The market response has been really great for the eco-friendly variant. While we don’t have the latest figures, by July 2019, Mitsubishi had sold more than 2,00,000 units of the Outlander PHEV globally.

Next-gen 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander rear
EVW supporter Brad Larney emailed images of the new Outlander that he spotted testing in San Diego. “It has a very nice wheel package,” he told us.

Development of the next-gen Mitsubishi Outlander started a few years ago and it’s intriguing what improvement the fully redesigned mid-size SUV will bring to the world of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The new Mitsubishi Outlander is being tested in Japan, USA and Europe as the mid-size crossovers prepares for new electrified challengers this decade.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Expected release date, range & fuel efficiency

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV uses the 4B12 2.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine along with two electric motors, one (S61) at the front and one (Y61) at the rear, driving the wheels. A 300-volt Lithium-ion battery pack with a storage capacity of 13.8 kWh provides juice to the electric motors. The pure electric range achieved with this setup is 65.0 km/l (JC08 mode)/57.6 km/l (WLTC mode).

The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV should continue with an in-line four-cylinder petrol engine along with two electric motors propelling it. However, it is expected to carry a bigger battery pack that allows a greater pure electric range of between 70-100 km (WLTC mode). That’s the expectation set by the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer, the concept PHEV that is serving as the design base for the Mk4 Mitsubishi Outlander. For reference, the concept PHEV is claimed to offer a range of 70 km (WLTP mode).

Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept – Image Gallery

The Toyota RAV4 PHEV, though smaller yet slightly more expensive, has set the bar for plug-in hybrid electric SUVs. It offers a zero-emissions range of 95 km (WLTC mode). In Japan, its prices start at JPY 46,90,000 or INR 32,83,348.38. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, on the other hand, is priced from JPY 39,39,100 or INR 27,57,662.60.

The next-gen Mitsubishi Outlander will debut in FY2021 (by March 2021) and the next-gen Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will follow in FY2022 (April 2021-March 2022) as announced in the company’s mid-term business plan released on July 27. Sales in first markets like Japan and the USA could begin in late-2021.

Mitsubishi was reportedly evaluating the current-gen plug-in hybrid electric SUV for a launch in India but never did do so. Though Mitsubishi has not nothing to say about India on its mid-term presentation, a turnaround strategy to grow presence in our market significantly is said to be in the works, and that includes setting up a new local manufacturing facility. That, combined with the government’s strong push for electrification, should motivate the company to launch the next-gen Outlander PHEV here.

Next-gen 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander – Image Gallery