It seemed like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV would never arrive on United States shores. The model has been plagued by delays but now the much-requested model is ready to roll. Featuring increased fuel efficiency, the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is bound to make waves in the United States market, just as it has in Europe and Japan.
The Outlander PHEV has been going strong in other markets, crossing the 100,000 marker not long ago. With nearly two-thirds of the model’s sales coming from Europe, the Japanese automaker was finally convinced to bring the model to the United States.
With over 100,000 units sold, the Outlander PHEV becomes only the fourth plug-in car to reach such a milestone. Other models to cross the milestone include the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Chevrolet Volt.
“As previously stated, Mitsubishi’s future is crossover utility vehicles and electrified vehicles. Today we are showing the first piece of that plan,” said Don Swearingen at the 2016 New York National Auto Show.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was originally due to arrive in 2014. Equipped with a vast array of safety and infotainment technology, the crossover is expected to increase Mitsubishi’s United States sales by at least 10 percent. The crossover is scheduled to arrive later this year—we can’t for it at El Cajon Mitsubishi!