Outlander did have two generations of models prior to present ones, but was always offered as a conventional vehicle. Starting from the third generation, Mitsubishi’s mid-size crossover comes in plug-in hybrid version, 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, which is available in Japan, Australia and select European markets.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Engine
It is powered by a 2.0L MIVEC 4-cylinder engine and 60 kW twin front and rear motors which together yield 210 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, two motors make Outlander exclusively a 4WD car which has paddle shifters. Battery is a formidable 12 kW lithium-ion made of 80 cells which requires a 5-hour recharge with standard AC 220-240 V outlet.
Refresh Styling – Interior and Exterior
Outlander’s design is modern and simple, but with enough details not to make it poor-looking. Front end features a huge trapezoid lower air intake and upper airdam with a couple of metallic bars and Mitsubishi’s badge. Out back, tail-lights are mostly found in rear quarter panel of Outlander’s side, but are connected by a long and thin light bridge which stretches across the tailgate.
Depending on a trim level you choose, you’ll get either standard one-color plain cabin with chrome accents and cloth seats, or a cabin with leather seat upholstery and wood touches which add to the standard adornments of base model’s cabin. Dashboard has a nice-flowing asymmetric design with instrument panel connected to the gauge cluster. 6.1-inch touch screen display sits in the middle of it and offers rearview camera, navigation and the rest of the infotainment features. Beside standard safety features, depending on equipment package, you’ll also get many active electronic features like forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, hill start assist, etc.
Fuel economy ratings are impeccable and Outlander is one of the most fuel-efficient SUV’s in the World, at least in its plug-in version. Beside around 30 miles of all electric range, Outlander has estimated electric fuel economy of 1.9 l/km, which is over 120 mpg. Hybrid fuel economy ratings, however stand at 44 mpg combined which is still quite good.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Price
Base models cost at least $46,500, while leather-trimmed models have a price tag of around $51,000. Of course, these are only the basic prices which can be raised by additional equipment. This edition we can expect on the market in fall this year.
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander P-HEV is a solid plug-in hybrid with very heavy powertrain system which allows great all-electric drive numbers. If you plan to use it on relatively short distances, you might not need to visit gas stations at all. Its price isn’t that affordable, but you’ll get plethora of active safety features, functional and well-designed cabin, and good looking, though slightly bland exterior.
Recap, if we look all details and specs about this car, all equipment, performance, power, we can say that new hybrid model is right choice for you. Also, this edition is really good when we talk about design and new changes.