Anon who did the gear stick analysis here. Not sure why my last submission repeated itself; sorry about that! Anyway…
FOUND THE CAR (it was a surprisingly easy search…I didn’t notice the 4WD button earlier, so thanks other anon!)
It is a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle).
It’s the top selling PHEV in Europe AND………………it has not yet been released in the US.
Mr. Hairy Arms could still very well be TH, but the photo was definitely not taken in the US. Take from that what you will.
AG at it again…
While the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) has been available on the European and Japanese markets for literally years now, the American release just seems to be getting pushed back indefinitely.
On that note, recent reports have stated that the popular plug-in hybrid SUV won’t be available in American showrooms until May 2016.
Same site with follow up test drive video (showing console); release date still delayed
The Outlander PHEV is the top-selling electric vehicle in Europe… by far. It has reportedly been delayed in the US for a few years due to the high demand in Europe (and Japan). So, I wanted to see what is pulling people in.
Video (console @ 0:32 and 1:08)
The Outlander PHEV now isn’t slated to go on sale in the US until roughly April 2016, according to Mitsubishi North America Executive Vice President Don Swearingen in Automotive News. Dealers are clamoring for the plug-in hybrid crossover, though. “That is going to be a vehicle that really sets us apart from the competition,” said Ryan Gremore, 2015 chairman of the Mitsubishi National Advisory Board, to AN.
Multiple postponements have plagued the Outlander PHEV in arriving to the US. It was once rumored to launch here in the fall of 2014, but a battery shortage pushed the date to 2015. Subsequently, a California mandate to fit a sensor to monitor degradation of the lithium-ion batteries caused another delay until late 2015 or early 2016.