Electric car enthusiasts have been waiting with bated breath for the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) to be released in American markets. Once it arrives, it will no doubt give a new kind of relevance to the Mitsubishi name. Unfortunately, no one knows for certain exactly when the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is planning on showing up. Though it’s listed as a 2017 model year vehicle on the Mitsubishi website, it will likely be delayed until the 2018 model year.
This is the second postponement this year for the vehicle that was first expected in summer 2016. However, Europe got early access to the PHEV in 2013, and by their standards, it should be worth the wait. The PHEV became the bestselling plug-in on the continent.
So what are we waiting for? For one, the pricing will be more competitive in the states, and therefore Mitsubishi is under pressure to find the perfect balance. Secondly, we’re waiting—patiently—for the best possible incarnation of the PHEV.
According to the company’s North American spokesperson Alex Fedorak, we can expect “better driving characteristics and more features” when the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s US Launch finally happens. Though the wait is challenging for those of us eager to take the PHEV for a spin, in the end it will be worth it because we’re waiting for a plug-in hybrid that will exceed our expectations.