Mitsubishi taps Infiniti for its first hybrid vehicle in Japan

The easiest way to make a car is ask someone to produce it for you. This is how it goes for Mitsubishi as it recently announced the release in Japan of a VIP hybrid luxury sedan called the Dignity.

Instead of doing the luxury hybrid vehicle from scratch, the Mitsubishi Dignity makes use of the platform of the long-wheelbase variant of the M35h of Infiniti. It will also use the same hybrid drivetrain that gives out 359 horsepower. The hybrid setup couples an electric motor with a 3.5-liter petrol engine.

This is how Mitsubishi will launch its first hybrid vehicle in the Japanese market. It will overtake the first in-house attempt of the company to produce a plug-in version of the Outlander that is scheduled to roll out this fall.

The Dignity and its non-hybrid sibling, the Proudia, look very similar to their Infiniti counterparts. The only distinguishing factors are the badges and grille. The Dignity even has the infotainment service being used by the Infiniti M35h. The VIP sedan will have luxury level equipment such as leather treatment for the interior and a Bose surround sound system. Essential to the equation of course is the big leg room.

While the Dignity will be built for performance, it is expected to have a combined fuel rating of 29 mpg. The Dignity is expected to fill in the gap at the top of the range of Mitsubishi and will be the front-runner of the next hybrids that will be launched by Mitsubishi in the next four years.

The Dignity is already in showrooms in Japan with a sticker price of $105, 200.

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