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According to a report from the Japanese business daily Nikkei, Mitsubishi is planning to launch a plug-in hybrid crossover believed to be based on the Mitsubishi Outlander by April 2013.

Mitsubishi recently revealed the Concept PX-MiEV II at the Tokyo Motor Show. The crossover concept, which strongly exhbitis Outlander design cues, has a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two 60 kW (80 hp / 81 PS) electric motors. At low speeds, the vehicle operates in EV mode for up to 50 km (31 miles). When the battery is low, the crossover enters a Series Hybrid Mode which activates the petrol engine to recharge the battery. At highway speeds, the PX-MiEV II enters a Parallel Hybrid Mode where the petrol engine and electric motors work together.

Mitsubishi estimates the PX-MiEV II would have a combined fuel consumption of 60 km/liter (1.7L/100km ; 141.1 mpg US ; 169.5 mpg UK) and an overall range of 800 km (497 miles).

Mitsubishi is also developing an all-electric light truck intended for short distance commercial use for farmers and contractors as such. The battery electric vehicle will be one of eight EVs or plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEV) planned for launch by 2016.

Mitsubishi already has the i-MiEV. Despite being sold in Japan since 2009, the i-Miev launches next month in the U.S. as the i minicar for retail purchases.


Gallery: Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid due in 2013

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