The Updated Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV quickly became the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the UK after it was launched in 2014. An updated model is on the way with a new engine and new sport mode ...
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV exterior and interior features
There are some subtle changes to the exterior of the updated Outlander PHEV. You will find a new honeycomb design grille, LED headlights and 18" alloy wheels as standard. It is still a tough practical SUV with a wading depth up to 400mm and a towing weight up to 1,500kgs.
On the inside, there are cloth or leather seat options with more luxurious features such as heated seats and a heated steering wheel available. The rear passengers are also catered for with their own vents to improve air flow through the vehicle and USB sockets to allow charging while in the car.
The boot capacity is 463 litres with the rear seats in place, lowering the rear seats will allow up to a generous 1,602 litres of space.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV engine and charging
The updated model has received a new petrol engine. The engine has increased from a 2 litre to a 2.4 litre Atkinson Cycle engine. This type of engine allows for the same power at a lower RPM so is more efficient, it will provide 10% more power and 10% more torque. The battery has also been upgraded and now has 15% more capacity with around 10kW extra power.
There are three modes available to drive in;
- EV Power Mode - uses only electric power so has zero emissions. The Outlander PHEV can travel up to 33 miles in this mode under NEDC tests and 28 miles using new WLTP testing.
- Series Hybrid Mode - here the Outlander PHEV will use the petrol engine to charge the battery while the battery is powering the wheels.
- Parallel Hybrid Mode - the petrol engine will take over if the driving conditions require high power demands.
You will not need to select these modes, the Outlander PHEV will switch between these depending on the current driving needs.
When the petrol engine and the possible electric range are combined, the Outlander PHEV can produce an overall range of 532 miles from a single charge and single tank of petrol. This efficiency creates Co2 emissions of only 40.3g/km making this an attractive vehicle for company car drivers.
There are a further three options when it comes to charging the PHEV;
- Standard household plug. You can charge at home using the plug sockets already in your house. It will take around 5 hours to complete a full charge in this way.
- Dedicated home charger. If you get a faster home charger installed, you can complete a full charge in 3.5 hours.
- Public Charger. Using a fast public charger reduces your charging time to only 25 minutes to achieve an 80% charge.
To get the best performance out of your Outlander PHEV there are several modes to choose from. SNOW mode limits torque and increases traction to make sure you remain in control in slippery conditions. ECO mode will make sure the Outlander is being as efficient as possible by limiting power in acceleration. LOCK mode will send power to all four wheels to get you out of any tricky spots and NORMAL mode balances power and efficiency. There is a new mode being introduced on the updated version of the Outlander PHEV which is SPORT mode. In Sport mode you will notice an increase in torque and more responsive acceleration.
To make sure you are always using electric power when possible, you can opt to press the EV priority switch found on the dashboard. This will make sure that the petrol engine is only used if energy demands are high, such as when driving at high speed or up a hill, or when battery levels have become very low.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV technology and driver aids
The Outlander PHEV has previously been awarded the highest 5* NCAP Safety rating and has many state of the art technologies available designed to aid the driver including;
- Forward Collision Mitigation uses laser radar technology to watch the road ahead and give you a warning if a crash is probable, if you do not respond the brakes will be automatically applied.
- Unintended Acceleration Mitigation System will watch to the front and rear of the vehicle for obstructions, if one is present and you try to accelerate an audible warning will be sounded and engine power reduced.
- Adaptive Cruise Control will make sure you always remain a set distance from the car in front by accelerating and braking for you.
- Auto High Beam will change between high beam and dipped lights for you so you never dazzle any oncoming traffic.
- Hill Start Assist will hold the vehicle steady for 2 seconds when on a hill to make sure you never roll back.
As well as these clever technologies, parking sensors, 360-degree camera and blind spot monitors are also available.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are compatible with the infotainment system so you can stay connected on the road. You can also use the Outlander PHEV app which allows you to be connected to your car wherever you are. Via the app you can schedule charging and control the climate so the temperature is perfect when you step inside.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV prices and specs
The Outlander PHEV is eligible for a £2,500 plug-in government grant which reduces the starting price to £34,255 for the entry level Juro model. The mid-range 4h starts at £37,000 including the government grant and the top of the range 4hs £39,100.
Examples of the features found at each trim level can be seen below;
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Specification
|Outlander PHEV Juro||Outlander PHEV 4H (in addition to Juro)||Outlander PHEV 4HS (in addition to 4H)|
|18" alloy wheels||Blind sport warning||Forward collision mitigation system|
|Electronic parking brake||Front LED fog lamps||front and rear parking sensors|
|Dual zone climate control||360 degree parking camera||Adaptive cruise control|
|Speed limiter||Power tailgate||Heated steering wheel|
|Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||Black leather seats||Electric heated and folding mirrors with indicators|
|Bluetooth||Automatic rain sensors||Lane departure warning|
|Hill start assist||Keyless entry||Unintended acceleration mitigation system|
|LED daytime running lights||Automatic high beam|
|Cruise control||Heated windscreen|
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