Presented in U.S. trim at the 2016 New York Auto Show, the launch of the new Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid in America has been moved back from this fall to mid-2017. While Mitsubishi’s most fuel-efficient midsize SUV remains Europe’s best-selling plug-in model, getting it into showrooms here has proven to be more of a challenge with what was originally a 2-year delay from its initial scheduled debut date now stretching into three.

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While not detailing any specific cause for this latest postponement, Mitsubishi did issue the following statement regarding the matter:  “Following a thorough evaluation process, we have determined that, in order to meet a level of competitiveness that will exceed customer expectations in the United States, the launch of the Outlander PHEV will be delayed until the summer of 2017.”

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When the Outlander PHEV finally does turn up in this country -- now expected as a 2018 model -- it’s still set to pack the same gasoline/electric drivetrain it had in New York. The combo pairs a 2.0-liter/4-cylinder MIVAC engine with two 60kW electric motors -- one located at each axle -- a match Mitsu says will give it roughly the performance of a 3.0-liter V6, but with considerably better fuel economy. It also will offer a host of advanced driver-assist technologies.

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