Initially limited to a few selected European markets (the Netherlands and Scandinavia), the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV quickly made its mark when it became more widely available, bringing a new dimension to the European SUV segment and passing the 50,000 sales milestone by November 2015.
Despite ever more competition in the plug-in segment, the Outlander PHEV remained the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in the region during 2015, 2016 and 2017, retaining the overall number one spot in the United Kingdom, Norway and Spain last year.
In 2017, the Outlander PHEV contributed to a 13 per cent combined EV/PHEV share and a 77 percent combined
SUV share within the Mitsubishi Motors model mix in Europe.
Since its introduction, the Outlander PHEV has impressed European drivers by encompassing MMC’s engineering fortes (4WD since 1936, electric powertrain since 1966, SUVs since 1982) in an attractive, versatile package with a low environmental impact.
Its blend of efficient SUV design, the reassurance of the safety-enhancing ‘Super-All Wheel Control’ system, excellent reliability and low running costs have seen it triumph across Europe.
In the UK, the Outlander PHEV petrol/electric hybrid outsold all other pure electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles in 2017, accounting for 7,407 of the 47,263 plug-in passenger vehicles that were registered.
The result reaffirms the multi-award-winning SUV’s status as the nation’s favourite plug-in – an accolade it has held for the last four years – with more than 34,000 now on the UK’s roads.