As the only plug-in SUV to sell more than 100,000 units in its lifetime so far, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is going to arrive in the US with a reputation that puts it in league with the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and Tesla Model S.

Those are the only other vehicles that have passed the 100,000 sales milestone, with the Volt being the closest to the Outlander PHEV with 110,000 lifetime sales thus far.

And if the electrified Outlander can manage the milestone with no US presence, then it is set for a huge boost when it arrives stateside later this year in the fourth quarter. Overtaking the Volt would be a mountainous task, however.

The signature GM PHEV sold over 1,900 units in April, and it was the only plug-in besides the Ford Fusion Energi that surpassed 1,000 units for the month; all the others including the Model S failed to reach four-digit figures.

Mitsubishi is gunning for conservative sales numbers for the Outlander PHEV when it lands in US dealerships, with expectations of 10 to 20 percent of total Outlander sales per month.

In its first sales year in Europe, the plug-in accounted for over 30 percent of total Outlander sales. Last year, that figure rose to over 67 percent.

Staff Reporter

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