Mitsubishi plans to make its popular Outlander Sport crossover as a plug-in hybrid for the U.S. According to Ward’s Auto, a Mitsubishi executive stated that a plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander Sport is due for the U.S. in 2013.
Although Mitsubishi is kind of late in the hybrid vehicle market, but it had realize that the time is ripe for its company to pursuit more environmental friendly vehicles. Mitsubishi had touted a hybrid crossover model back in 2009 at the Tokyo Motor Show, which was powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine fused with an electric motor along with a lithium-ion battery pack. But since then, Mitsubishi has been fallen behind in the automotive technology to the point that the U.S. market may not be viable for its brand.
With the new appealing style and low fuel consumption characteristic of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi may have a chance to rebound back in the U.S. market after all. And with the introduction of its first all-electric 2012 i hatchback by early 2012, it will surely strengthen its position in the U.S. In addition, Mitsubishi says that six more electric vehicles will be introduced globally by 2015.