There have been a few discussions around the internet about whether or not the Outlander PHEV will have 5 or 7 seats. Even some press releases from Europe have listed the Outlander PHEV as a 7 seater.
Our take on it is that the Outlander PHEV will only have 5 seats. Those press releases were instead listing the specs for the Outlander ICE as the Outlander PHEV weren’t available for Europe at that time.
In this cutaway image of the components of the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid, you can see that some of the plug-in hybrid components are housed in the area behind the 2nd row seats, and below the level of the cargo area’s floor. This would be the spot the 3rd row seats would fold into, but instead, Mitsubishi has put essential components there to minimize cargo space impact in the Outlander PHEV.
According to the Japanese Mitsubishi Outlander website, the PHEV is listed as a 5 passenger while all other models are 7 passenger.