Mitsubishi says 2016 Outlander PHEV for US ‘will be completely different’

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, front three-quarter view.

While attending the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with Mitsubishi we got a chance to speak to three Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) executives about the Outlander PHEV, how the brand is strengthening its lineup and how it plans to promote that.

The Outlander PHEV that’s quickly and quietly rolling off lots in Japan, Europe and Australia right now is not the same model we’re going to get when it arrives in Fall 2015, with MMNA Executive Vice President Don Swearingen and US PR chief Alex Fedorak telling us that “it will be completely different.” It can probably be viewed as the next-generation vehicle, part of the “major restyle in 2016″ that will reskin the model in the new design language being applied to the brand’s crossovers.
Its hybrid system is being tuned for more refinement, and the same work being done on the interior.

Fedorak told us that, “The touchy-feely points we’ve been getting dinged on” will be upgraded, so expect materials feels and looks less value-oriented. We were told that the battery monitoring software mandated by California regulators doesn’t just report on the state of the entire pack but rather it can monitor individual cells. As for when the anticipated hybrid will get here, Fedorak said “probably late November [2015] is my best guess at this time.” That’s almost two years later than Mitsubishi’s previous plans.

We aren’t the only ones anxiously waiting for it. Swearingen said he invites 12 to 15 dealers to Mitsubishi’s Normal, IL plant every quarter to discuss product and what consumers are looking for. Between that and the five-city tour of MMNA product for dealers, he said the second-most-common question was, “When can we get the Outlander PHEV?” The subject of the most popular question? “Trucks.”

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