Styling has been upgraded with Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield front and rear design themes, giving the Outlander PHEV a more aggressive look compared to its more organically-styled predecessor. Unique body coloured lower trims and different alloy wheels help identify the PHEV variants from regular petrol or diesel models.
The two-tier Outlander PHEV range starts from $50,490 (plus on-road costs) for the entry-level LS grade which comes standard with seating for five, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED head, tail, and fog lights, privacy glass, imitation leather and suede seat trim, a powered driver’s seat, keyless entry and start, and automatic lights and wipers.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, ABS brakes, electronic stability and traction control, rear park sensors, reversing camera, rear child seat ISOFIX mounting points, and front seatbelt pretensioners.
The Outlander PHEV Exceed is priced from $55,490 (plus on-road costs) and adds upscale features including a powered tailgate, electric sunroof, leather trim with heated front seats, and a rear cargo blind.
Safety features for the Exceed also include automatic high beam, a self-dimming mirror, forward collision mitigation, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, around-view camera system, front park sensors and misacceleration mitigation, to prevent accidental accelerator inputs.
Both models come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB+ digital radio, six speakers, dual USB inputs, Bluetooth phone and streaming capabilities, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. The Exceed also includes remote smartphone access allowing the owner to set recharge times, pre-cool the cabin, turn the lights on or off, and monitor trip computer stats via a smartphone app.
Beneath the surface the Outlander PHEV continues with a 2.0 litre petrol engine and front and rear electric motors producing a combined 120kW and 332Nm. Changes to throttle mapping are said to provide a more positive driving feel while fuel consumption drops to an official 1.7 l/100km, down from a previous 1.9 l/100km.
A 12kWh lithium ion battery allows up to 54 kilometres of electric range and Mitsubishi has added DC fast charging to allow the battery to be charged to 80 percent of capacity in just 25 minutes. The Outlander can also be charged from a standard wall socket in 3.6 hours from a 16 amp plug or 6.5 hours at a 10 amp outlet.
A new EV driving mode locks the Outlander into electric-only driving mode, relying on petrol assistance only when the battery is depleted or full-throttle acceleration is required. A battery hold function can be used to save electric power, while a charge mode runs the petrol engine to replenish battery charge.
Mitsubishi has also made a comprehensive series of changes to improve the Outlander PHEV’s refinement touching on suspension, noise insulation, electric motor mounts, thicker glass, body stiffness, and other changes to ensure smooth, quiet running.
As with other Outlander models SUV versatility is maintained via 190mm of ground clearance, with a 1500kg towing capacity and boot capacity of 463 litres, just 14 litres less than the regular five-seat petrol Outlander.
The Outlander PHEV goes on sale in Australia this week.
Outlander PHEV LS - $50,490
Outlander PHEV Exceed - $55,490