The Outlander has been recently revamped for the US market with a new exterior as well as a new interior. However, its engines remain the same as before which is somewhat disappointing considering that the car didn’t receive any updates here for a very long time. Well, there are finally some good rumors because it seems that a new model is going to be released with the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug in hybrid, a car which should improve Mitsubishi’s sales in the North American market considerably.
Most changes on the new model will happen under the hood but there are also rumors that it will get a slightly different exterior as well as a few upgrades inside the cabin.
Under the Hood
Engine wise, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug in will likely use the same powertrain found in the European or Japanese model. This uses a 2 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 petrol engine which is average at best. On the rear axle on the other hand, the car is equipped with a small electric motor and it will also get a 12 kWh battery-pack. While the total output will only be around 200 horsepower and up to 200 lb-ft of torque, the car should be more than zippy in the city and it should be adequate on the highway.
Mileage & Performance
Unlike the European model, the US version is going to get quite a few updates to its powertrain in order to become more efficient. Firstly, it will receive a new battery management software which is said to improve range by around 5%. On top of that, the electric motor will only step-in where it’s needed, so its electric range should increase to around 35 miles which would be on the same levels with some more expensive hybrids.
While this sounds great, it might become a problem in the near future, especially now when there are quite a few more electric and hybrid cars on the market.
Redesign – Interior & Exterior
Just as we mentioned above, the exterior of the new plug-in Outlander is likely going to go through a few changes, most of them aimed to increase the car’s efficiency. The front end will likely keep its new grille as well as the all new front bumper. However, we are pretty sure that Mitsubishi will install new LED headlights as well as a more aerodynamic air dam under the bumper.
The back of the car will likely get new tail-lights while on one of the sides the car may receive a small charging port that will allow people to charge it over-night. Unfortunately, a fast-charging system will not be available for the car which is a small drawback those who buy it will have to live with.
Interior – purist & authentic
The interior of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug In will be more refined and better equipped than that of a base model and that’s to be expected with a more premium model. As standard it will come with better front seats, leather upholstery and a dashboard covered with a soft material. As standard it will come with dual zone automatic climate control, satellite navigation, a great infotainment system with a surround audio system and also all the safety features Mitsubishi has to offer.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug In Price
However, the car will use the same platform as before and despite being a hybrid, it should also cost pretty much the same as the top of the line V6 model, meaning it shouldn’t get past $35,000 and considering the government usually offers rebates for the acquisition of a hybrid, it may even get cheaper than that.
An officially premiere will be in March, at 2016 New York Auto Show. The car will likely be released in the mid of 2016 and it should come on the market in the early spring of 2017.
The biggest competitors are the upcoming Toyota Rav4 and Kia Sorento.