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Hi-tech Outlander targets low CO2

Mitsubishi will unveil a new version of the Outlander next month that will herald the company's first plug-in hybrid car due in 2013.

The replacement for the current Outlander will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with Mitsubishi targeting sub-130g/km CO2 emissions for some versions, achieved through additional fuel-saving technology as well as a new 2.2-litre diesel engine developed in-house.

Mitsubishi will later use the pioneering EV development it has carried out with the I-Miev electric car to develop a plug-in petrol hybrid version of the Outlander, with a likely range of 500 miles and target CO2 emission lower than 50g/km.

Although specification for individual markets in Europe are yet to be finalised, two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions will be available, as well as stop-start technology.

Mitsubishi says the new Outlander will also be equipped with an “eco-friendly driving system” that includes a maximum efficiency indicator. Accordingly, the driver can choose to drive at maximum efficiency to enhance actual fuel consumption of the vehicle.

Collision mitigation technology (with autonomous emergency braking), a lane departure warning, and adaptice cruise control have been developed for the new Outlander, as well as the latest xenon headlamp technology.

The practicality of the Outlander will be enhanced for the new model, with third-row seating continuing, a flat load area with seats folded and the option of a power tailgate.

Prices and exact specification will be revealed closer to the car's launch in 2013.

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