Mitsubishi first showed us the Outlander plug-in hybrid in 2012, but the vehicle has only now been confirmed for sale in the United States.
Mitsubishi has regularly stated that the Outlander plug-in hybrid, officially an Outlander PHEV, would reach showrooms in the United States but was under no circumstances willing to give a firm date.
That all changed at 2016 New York Auto Show where Mitsubishi confirmed that the Outlander PHEV would go on sale in these components in the fall. It arrives as a 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
At the 2015 Paris Auto Show, Mitsubishi had a funky looking concept identified as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S. We knew the present Outlander was acquiring quite outdated, and as it turned out, this concept really previewed what the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander would look like just after the SUV went by means of a facelift. As expected, the 2016 Outlander is now on sale, sporting a related design to what we saw on the PHEV Concept-S. Now, with the doors to the New York Auto Show wide open, we’ve gotten a look at the Outlander PHEV in production form for the U.S. market.
Mitsubishi and Fiat Chrysler are on comparable paths. Both are investing heavily in lucrative, solid-selling crossovers and SUVs, putting sedans to the side to some degree. The next step in Mitsubishi’s approach involves escalating the number of out there hybrids, and the Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is next on the docket.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Engine
The Outlander Plug-In Hybrid relies on a full-time, gasoline/electric system that teams a “powerful” 2.0-liter 4-cylinder MIVAC gasoline engine and two 60kW electric motors — one at each and every axle — that collectively deliver performance related to a conventional 3.0-liter V6. The two motor/generator units are energized by a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack situated beneath the floor and the system fully integrates with a version of Mitsubishi’s S-AWC setup derived from the Super All-Wheel Control system applied in the Lancer Evolution. Here, it’s been optimized to provide the Outlander PHEV the finest combination of performance, efficiency, tractability and safety.
The Outlander PHEV features three offered driving modes, such as the complete electric EV mode, series power (electric power with generator operation), and parallel hybrid (engine power and electric motor assistance). The vehicle’s PHEV system automatically selects the most efficient mode depending of a series of elements, for instance road conditions and traction. The system also comes using a regenerative braking mode, capturing electricity under braking.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Price
Though details about pricing for the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV have but to be released, the present Outlander starts out at $22,995 and climbs to $30,995 for the range-topping GT S-AWC. It’s hard to say exactly where Mitsubishi will place the Outlander PHEV in the lineup, but taking a look at European costs, it’ll most likely take the spot of the GT S-AWC as the range-topping model. In Germany, the Outlander PHEV goes for €39,990, which at present conversion rates (03/24/2016) is equal to $44,700 – $14,000 more than the U.S.-spec GT S-AWC. I guess Mitsubishi takes a good deal of pride in its plug-in SUV. I suspect the pricing will likely be a bit distinct here in the U.S., due to the fact a $14,000 jump in price more than the current range-topping model seems somewhat excessive, regardless of its hybrid nature.