Revealed ahead of a July 9 launch in Japan, the refreshed Outlander plug-in hybrid debuts the same major styling changes made to its regular stablemates, with a handful of small tweaks unique to the PHEV.
There’s also a new four-spoke steering wheel design for the PHEV, featuring “fine quality” leather and silver highlights that mirror the blade-like garnish that features across the face of the updated Outlander models.
Away from styling, Mitsubishi says it has also improved the Outlander PHEV’s driving characteristics, promising improved fuel efficiency, along with better acceleration feel and throttle response.
Improvements to the PHEV’s hybrid powertrain are also promised, including reduced petrol engine friction and a more efficient electric motor.
Mitsubishi says these changes have resulted in an 8.0 percent improvement to fuel efficiency.
It remains to be seen, however, if that figure will make any significant difference to the Australian model’s already ultra-low official figure of 1.9 l/100km.
The powertrain's tweaks have also boosted the PHEV’s all-electric driving range b 0.6km to 60.8 kilometres in the Japanese-market version - although the current Australian model claims a slightly shorter 52 kilometres, as defined by official ADR testing.
Other changes to the Outlander PHEV for Japan include a new Unintentional Move Off Control system, designed to control take-off speed in reverse and forward gears if it detects that the accelerator has been applied “by mistake”.
Mitsubishi’s Multi-Around View Monitor is also featured, offering a bird’s eye view of the surrounding space.
The Outlander PHEV will launch in Japan next month, with an Australian debut set to occur later in 2015.
Watch for pricing and local specifications to be confirmed closer to launch.
In its current form, the Outlander PHEV is priced at $47,490 plus on-road costs.