The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid won't go on sale in the U.S. until later this year, but it's been available in Europe and Japan for some time now.

In those markets, it's actually been quite successful since launching in Japan back in January 2013.

Through March, the Mitsubishi had sold 101,900 Outlander Plug-In Hybrid crossovers globally.

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That makes the Outlander only the fourth plug-in electric car to breach the 100,000-unit barrier, according to HybridCars.

This puts the Outlander behind only the Nissan Leaf, the Tesla Model S, and the Chevrolet Volt in global sales. (The Volt total includes cars sold as the Holden Volt and Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in some markets.)

Mitsubishi accomplished this without offering the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid in the U.S., which until last year was the world's largest market for plug-in electric cars.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

In the markets where it is available, the Outlander has proved exceedingly popular.

For the first two months of this year, it was the bestselling plug-in hybrid in Europe, beating entries from several German makers in the process.

Europe is the biggest market for the plug-in hybrid, accounting for 66,000 sales so far.

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Japan accounted for 33,741 sales, followed by several smaller markets.

Part of the Outlander's success may be due to the fact that it's been the only plug-in hybrid utility vehicle available for the most part.

Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo now sell or plan to sell plug-in hybrid SUVs of their own, but all are significantly more expensive than the Mitsubishi.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

Now the Japanese carmaker seems to be inching closer to a U.S. launch of the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid after multiple delays.

It's expected to go on sale here in November as a 2017 model, but many details still need to be finalized.

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Mitsubishi unveiled a cosmetically-correct U.S.-market prototype at the 2016 New York Auto Show in March.

However, officials said U.S. specs were still being finalized, including possible changes to the battery pack.


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