So what does PHEV stand for with Mitsubishi’s new Outlander? Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle is the meaning in the name, and it’s a great feature to have in your new SUV. Being the way of the future, hybrid vehicles offer a cleaner, efficient form of transport, and Mitsubishi have executed the Outlander PHEV very well. Nice looking and capable off the tarmac ensures that the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a hit for the small family or adventurous executive. So let’s take a look at some of the features that this stylish new PHEV SUV provides.
Under the bonnet of the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a 2.0-litre petrol engine, and linked to the petrol unit are two powerful electric motors. The combination of hybrid power results in outstanding economy in what is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. The highly efficient 2.0-litre MIVEC petrol engine is paired with two high output 60 kW electric motors and a high capacity 12 kWh drive battery that can produce a combined fuel economy of 1.9-litres/100 km! That sort of economy is hard to beat anywhere. What you can expect in the city is a 50 km range in EV (Electric Vehicle) mode when fully charged. That’s impressive, and equates to 50 km of zero fuel and zero emissions! Plugging in the vehicle is easy, as you park up and plug into your power point at home – it really couldn’t be simpler.
Two Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV models are offered, the base model being the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and the high-spec Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Aspire being the other. If you don’t mind not having electric seats, leather upholstery and one-or-two other nice but inconsequentialities, then the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will suffice nicely and boasts some nice features like 3 driving modes, a central console joystick, 18-inch alloys, keyless entry and smart looking high intensity headlights. Five-star safety has been awarded to all new Mitsubishi Outlander models, however the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Aspire does provide its new owner with a Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system that really does provide sound safety intellect. Other Aspire features are the exterior chrome package, heated front seats with leather facings, a power tailgate, an electric sunroof with a sunshade and an EV remote system smartphone app. One of the neat features I like in the Aspire version of the new Outlander PHEV is the car’s use of a radar on the front which detects obstructions in front of the vehicle. Warnings are issued when objects are detected. Additionally, automatic braking is applied to avoid collision or reduce impact.
Both Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV models offer spacious five seat accommodation, front fog lamps, dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing wipers and seven SRS airbags for premium safety. Riding high in an SUV type vehicle offers a nice view of the road ahead – a view which looks over the top of most vehicles in front. A paddle shift transmission, electric power steering, six speaker audio and Bluetooth with voice control are other nice features on-board the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The Bluetooth feature is easy to use, and the hands-free nature of the system adds to the safety of Mitsubishi’s medium SUV. Mitsubishi also provide the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with Adaptive Cruise Control, which is a function I’m really fond of. Not only does it set your speed at the maximum legal limit, the system will automatically adjust itself to keep pace with slower vehicles that you approach from behind.
Striking Outlander SUV styling is offered in five exterior colours, all of which look classy and sophisticated rather than garish and brash. Practicality of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is enhanced with the vehicle capable of towing a 750 kg un-braked trailer or 1500 kg braked trailer. Ground clearance is 190 mm, and 463 litres of luggage volume with the rear seats up and 888 litres with the rear seats folded down provide good holiday/getaway potential. It’s a useful vehicle, and a vehicle that you’ll be proud to own.
On a comfort level, the seats are nicely sculptured, and inside the cabin is heaps of storage space. A floor console with storage box and lid, door pockets (front and rear), cup holders and bottle holders are standard.
Hill Start technology makes driving a breeze when you’re caught out on a steep slope. Active Traction Control (ATC) helps the Outlander maintain traction on the most slippery or rugged of surfaces. Although the ground clearance is not as high as some more suited off-roaders, the Outlander PHEV will take you some adventurous places if you’ve got the desire. 4WD ECO – Fuel efficient mode, 4WD AUTO – Normal mode and 4WD LOCK give a comprehensive means of attack in rough going. ATC automatically controls the engine’s output – so driving wheels are prevented from spinning. Sensing loss of traction in independent wheels, ATC applies braking force to that particular wheel and sends extra power and torque to other wheels with traction to keep the vehicle moving and in control.
Mitsubishi provide the new Outlander PHEV with a five year/100,000 km warranty. Black or silver interior packages are available as an optional extra. Interior and exterior protection packages are available. To sport up your new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV there is a nice Outlander Sport Package which looks the goods for only $2320. Roof racks, nudgebars and tow bars are all accessories available for making your new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV the perfect match for you.
All the right boxes are getting ticked if you’re on the lookout for a premium new SUV that offers a world first in plug-in hybrid technology.
The current Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV models include the:
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