The concept unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show was called the PX-MiEV II and looked similar to the Mitsubishi Outlander. The production version will be named the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid and Mitsubishi is planning to launch it by April 2013.
The Japanese business daily Nikkei reported that Mitsubishi plans to launch the PX-MiEV under the Outlander name and hopes to have it available by April 2013. While that’s great news, there are no other details available yet.
The Mitsubishi PX-MiEV, as released at the Tokyo Motor Show last month, had a 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder engine and 2 – 60Kw electric motors. Mitsubishi said the PX-MiEV concept could operate in electric vehicle mode only for up to 31 miles at low speed. When the battery charge gets low, the crossover part kicks in and the gasoline engine turns on to charge the battery. At highway speeds, the Px-MiEV enters parallel mode where the gasoline engine and electric motors work together. Mitsubishi estimates the PX-Miev will have a fuel economy equivelant of approximately 140MPG US [which seems too high to us considering the fully electric Mitsubishi i-Miev only received an EPA rating of 112 MPG].