Mitsubishi is teaming up with Nissan to develop some cutting edge green technologies. Now that Nissan has a controlling stake in the Mitsubishi Corporation, the company will be using some of the innovative platforms found in Nissan-Renault electric vehicles. This could be the breakthrough many green advocates have been waiting for.
According to CNET, Mitsubishi EV technologies are set to get a boost from some innovative Nissan and Renault designs, including the LEAF and Zoe platforms. These two models come with next-generation technologies, including lithium-ion battery-storage systems, electric motors, and more. When paired with existing Mitsubishi technologies, including the innovative i-MiEV system, the new partnership between Nissan and Mitsubishi is especially promising.
“We welcomed Mitsubishi Motors into the Nissan family, and they already have the Outlander PHEV,” said Takashi Shirawa, head of Nissan European R&D. “The next-generation product range may be shared with that, but this is just the beginning of the discussion as nothing has been decided yet.”
In other words, little is official when it comes to new vehicles and designs. However, we do know that the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is the best-selling PHEV model in Europe, and it’s likely to appear in the US as an exciting new alternative in the crossover segment. We can’t wait to see what happens over the course of the next year or so, especially in terms of green technologies.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a favorite compact SUV of enthusiasts and the average driver alike. The current generation has been around for a while, which led to many believing that the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander was right around the corner. Now the next-generation Outlander has been spotted testing and the spy photos are pretty revealing.
The new model will take cues from the 2013 and 2015 XR-PHEV concepts, a welcome move, given the brand’s skilled hand in styling. The look won’t be quite as sporty but the front end and sloping roof are here to stay.
The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander will likely be more compact to compete with models like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
Several photos gave a sneak peek at the interior, which features a new layout with the infotainment touchscreen on top and plenty of chrome and silver details.
The new Outlander will likely come stocked with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A new plug-in hybrid model is also rumored as well. Both models will come with front-wheel drive. Rumors of an all-electric Outlander have been flurrying around the industry but there’s no confirmation from Mitsubishi yet.