The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was the first plug-in hybrid SUV vehicle and one of Mitsubishi’s key models in the range. The latest model, the 19MY Outlander PHEV offers numerous upgrades and improvements with order books open now and first deliveries of the new 68 model in September 2018. Read on for what’s new ….
New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Exterior Changes
At first glance the new Outlander looks very similar to the outgoing model and whilst there are no radical changes to the body-shape and look, Mitsubishi have made some subtle changes which include:
- New LED headlights
- New honeycomb design front grille
- New extension to lower bumper
- News 18-inch alloy wheels
- New rear spoiler and skid guard
- New fog lights bezel
New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Interior Changes
Again, if you are familiar with the Outlander PHEV you’ll notice they’re aren’t radical changes to the interior, just some subtle tweaks that add to the experience.
- Black headlining (on 4h models)
- New dashboard and door silver trim
- New instrument with sportier dials
- Rear air vents for better rear passenger comfort offering improved cooling/heating experience
- Rear USB sockets
- New improved seats provide better support
- Electric window switch illumination
- One touch all-round electric window operation from driver’s side
- Air con, radio and other electrical equipment can now be used whilst charging
New Outlander Engine and Drive Improvements
This is where things get interested .... engine size has been increased from 2.0 to 2.4 litre. utilising what Mitsubishi describe as the ‘Atkinsion Cycle’ which means a more efficient engine pushing more power at lower RPMs. The end result is a quieter engine that offers 11% more torque and 10% extra power over the old 2.0 litre engine.
The new 2.4 litre engine uses MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system). MIVEC technology controls valve timing and the amount of lift, achieving higher power output whilst keeping fuel economy and CO2 emissions lower than expected.
The new 2.4 engine offers significantly more torque which is very useful if you are towing or frequently travel of more challenging terrain and with the new Sport mode and a 15% larger battery capacity thrown in it can accelerate from 0-62mph about 0.5-1.0 seconds faster than the outgoing model with a top end over 100mph at best. The EV power is available to fill any performance gaps.
Despite the meatier engine and the more stringent EURO 6 emissions tests, CO2 emissions are still at 40g/km meaning road tax costs are very low and it still remains eligible for the Plug-in Vehicle Grant.
Other improvements to the ride include refined steering to improve responsiveness and new front and rear shock absorbers for an improved drive, especially at lower speeds.
Two new modes include Sport Mode we’ve already mentioned for improved acceleration, braking and cornering and a new Snow/Ice Mode which provides improved handling and grip in slippery conditions.
Equipment Levels Across the Outlander PHEV Range
The Outlander PHEV offers good levels of equipment, the entry-level Outlander PHEV Juro includes:
- 18-inch Alloy Wheels
- Heated Windscreen
- Heated Front Seats
- Electric Pre-Heater and Air-Con function
- Remote Smartphone App for Android and iOS
- Apple CarPlay & Android Auto support
- DAB radio
- Electronic parking brake with brake auto hold
- EV priority mode
- Reversing camera
- Cruise Control and Speed Limiter
- Dual-Zone Climate Control
- Front & Rear Fog Lights
- Keyless Operation System
- Start/Stop Button
The Outlander PHEV 4h adds the following to the Juro model:
- 360 Camera with Steering Wheel Mounted Operation
- Front & Rear Leather Seats with 8-Way Power Function ON Drivers Seat
- Black Headlining
- LED Front Fog Lights
- Blind Spot Warning System
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert System
- Power Tailgate
- Heated Steering Wheel
- LED Headlights with Auto Levelling & LED High Beam
The Outlander PHEV 4hs adds the following to the 4h model
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Forward Collision Mitigation
- Lane Departure Warning System
- Unintended Acceleration Mitigation System
- Front & Rear Parking Sensors
- Auto Headlight High Beam