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Mitsubishi will launch a plug-in hybrid SUV in 2013, which is similar to the Px-MiEV that was introduced in 2009. The plug-in hybrid SUV is in its final stages of development, said Yoshikazu Nakamura, senior executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s global electric vehicle business.
The new Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid SUV is based on a four-wheell drive Px-MiEV concept, which is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to two electric motors mounted in front and rear axles. Mitsubishi claimed at the time of the 2009 introduction that the Px-MiEV could go up to 30 miles in electric mode before switching to gasoline-electric mode, but the electric range could increase a bit once Mitsubishi gets it out the door in 2012.
There is no name for the Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid SUV yet, but it will carry the “MiEV” name. What we know that the “MiEV” moniker stands for “Mitsubishi innovative electric vehicle.” Mitsubishi will also changed the name of the vehicle for the U.S. market from i-MiEV to the “i powered by MiEV” in 2012 model.
Initial launch of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV hybrid SUVwill be in November 2011, and it will be available in just three West Coast states and Hawaii.