Globally, Mitsubishi have had its ups and downs over the past decade, but they’re looking to start with a clean slate this year. To get things started, the company’s European division boss said that there will be more crossovers coming, and one of them is very important to the brand.
Bernard Loire, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Europe, said that the all-new Outlander will be making its debut this year. Why is it such an important model for them? That’s because the Outlander, the plug-in hybrid model (PHEV) to be specific, is the best-selling hybrid vehicle in certain parts of Europe, proving especially popular in the Scandinavian parts of the continent.
So it won’t be a surprise then that the future model will have a plug-in hybrid option, as confirmed by Loire. Other than that though, the CEO isn’t showing all of the 2020 Outlander’s aces just yet.
There is, however, another certainty. Given that Mitsubishi is part of the Alliance (Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi), the fourth-generation Outlander is set to share its bones with the next-gen Nissan X-Trail and a yet-to-be-named Renault version. As for its release date, it is slated for the second half of 2020, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show of this year.
What does this mean for the Philippine market though? Will we actually get the all-new Outlander? Should there be more incentives for plug-hybrid vehicles, there is a possibility for it. If Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) does bring it in, they could just change the market by being to first to offer a plug-in hybrid crossover to the local market.
Source: Automotive News Europe