Mitsubishi has delivered the first units of its Outlander PHEV to Europe. The plug-in SUV went on sale in Japan in January, and was featured at the Geneva Auto Salon in Switzerland in February. It goes on sale in the Netherlands this month and will be launched soon in the Nordic countries and other selected European markets.
According to Mitsubishi, it already has over 10,000 European orders for the Outlander PHEV.
The European model differs slightly from its Japanese market equivalent in that it complies with mandatory EU regulations and has a chassis that’s been fine-tuned to better suit the “European driving style.”
Mitsubishi says that the Outlander PHEV is neither an adaptation of an existing ICE vehicle, nor a dedicated PHEV, but rather a further variant of the New Outlander, which is also available with gas and diesel powertrains. It features a 117 bhp, 2.0 liter gas engine that powers the front wheels, and front and rear 60 kW electric motors that provide it with permanent four-wheel drive.
Mitsubishi told InsideEVs that the Outlander PHEV won’t arrive in the US until sometime in 2015, due to an insufficient supply of batteries to meet demand.