2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plugs into New York

Mitsubishi has introduced the 2017 Outlander PHEV at the New York Auto Show.

Set to go on sale in the United States this fall, the plug-in hybrid has a familiar design but it distinguished by special badging on the front fenders and rear liftgate.

Mitsubishi didn't have much to say about the model but the company confirmed the crossover can be equipped with an infotainment system that has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.  There will also be an assortment of safety features including a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alert as well as a forward collision mitigation system with pedestrian detection technology.

Motivation is provided by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 2.0-liter petrol engine, two electric motors, and a 12 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack.  The electric motors are mounted to both axles to give the crossover a high-tech all-wheel drive system that provides "quick and optimized torque distribution."

Mitsubishi was coy on performance specifications but noted the model will have three different driving modes including EV mode (full electric), series hybrid mode (electric power with generator operation), and parallel hybrid mode (engine power with electric motor assistance).  The powertrain will automatically select the most efficient mode given current driving conditions as well as "other factors."

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