Earlier this year Mitsubishi revealed a teaser image of the all-new Outlander plug-in hybrid (PHEV). While the picture only showed a portion of the crossover, they did confirm that it will be available with seven seats thanks to a newly-developed platform and optimized layout.
With the outgoing PHEV only available as a five-seater, it could make the all-new model more appealing to buyers that prefer three rows of seats. But when will Mitsubishi actually reveal the all-new Outlander PHEV?
Worry not as Mitsubishi has already revealed the first images of the 7-seater plug-in hybrid. Set to make its global debut on October 28, the automaker decided to show early what the new PHEV will actually look like.
Despite Mitsubishi's efforts to show us the new crossover in its entirety, it's pretty hard to distinguish what makes the PHEV different from the standard model. From the sleek LED headlights, Dynamic Shield grille, stylish alloy wheels, and wraparound LED taillights, the PHEV looks no different than the naturally-aspirated Outlander launched earlier this year.
Perhaps the only difference it has over the standard version is that it has an extra fuel cap for the charging port. It also comes with PHEV badges on the front doors and on the tailgate. Other than those, not much differentiates it from the outside.
It's the same situation on the inside as the Outlander PHEV looks identical to the naturally-aspirated version. The only clear difference it has is its revised digital instrument cluster which shows a dedicated section for the PHEV powertrain. There, it displays the remaining battery level, the drive mode, as well as available settings for the electrified crossover.
Technical specifications for the Outlander PHEV are not yet available. But Mitsubishi did mention that it will be more powerful and will have a larger battery pack. The current Outlander PHEV makes 128 PS with 199 Nm from its 2.4-liter engine. As for the electric motors the front puts out 81.5 PS with 137 Nm of torque, while the rear generates 97 PS and 195 Nm of torque.
With the official premiere scheduled to take place next week, it will be only a matter of time before we get to see the new Outlander PHEV in full. Should Mitsubishi actually bring this here, will it become more appealing to buyers since it has an extra row of seats at the back? Let us know in the comments.