Earlier this year, Mitsubishi unveiled the all-new Outlander crossover with a sleeker look, a more high-tech and luxurious cabin, and new cutting-edge safety systems.

That's all well and good but upon its initial launch, it was only available with one powertrain option: a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four that is shared with the Nissan Rogue. It makes 181 PS with 245 Nm of torque and is connected to a CVT. Depending on the variant, it's available in either FWD or AWD.

Fast forward to now and Mitsubishi has released the first teaser images of the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the latest Outlander. We have yet to see the Outlander PHEV in full, but Mitsubishi did show a glimpse of its charging port, and PHEV badging.

Details regarding its powertrain were not yet revealed by Mitsubishi. They did say that it will have more power and more range thanks to improved motor output and increased battery capacity.

All-new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to be a 7-seater image

It will also sit on a newly-developed platform with integrated components and an optimized layout. The result is that the new Outlander PHEV will have three rows of seats. That means a total of seven passengers can sit comfortably inside the upcoming plug-in hybrid. The current Outlander PHEV is only available as a five-seater which limits its practicality and appeal.

Last year Mitsubishi Motors Philippines launched the Outlander PHEV with a 2.4-liter gasoline engine that puts out 129 PS and 199 Nm. It is then helped along by two electric motors placed at the front and rear axles. The result is a total system output of 221 PS, and an electric range of 55 km thanks to a 13.8 kWh battery pack. The next-generation model will be a significant upgrade, especially in seating.

Mitsubishi says they will roll out the next-generation Outlander PHEV in Japan in the second half of the 2021 fiscal year meaning sometime between October and March 2022. That means it might take a while before it arrives here in the country.

Could the all-new Outlander PHEV with 7 seats attract more buyers in the Philippines should it be offered here?