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Mitsubishi unveils updated and more powerful Outlander plug-in hybrid

4 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2019

Mitsubishi’s updated Outlander PHEV will offer greater power and efficiency when it goes on sale in the UK in September.

The 2019 model year plug-in hybrid SUV will feature a new 2.4-litre petrol engine as well as an increased EV motor, generator and battery capacity.

Under the WLTP testing protocol, it will offer a battery-only range of 28 miles, with CO2 emissions of 46g/km.

The new petrol engine produces 135PS, an increase of 14PS over its predecessor, while torque rises from 190Nm to 211Nm. 

The electric powertrain sees a 10% increase in the generator output and an increase in the rear electric motor to 95PS. 

The output of the drive battery has been increased by 10% and its overall capacity increased to 13.8kWh thanks to new battery cells.

Other changes include revised shock absorbers to improve its low-speed ride, while a Snow driving mode aims to improve low-grip launching and cornering abilities on slippery surfaces.

Interior changes include redesigned front seats, relocated switchgear to increase ease of use, while the instrument cluster has also been overhauled.

Exterior changes include a new front end with redesigned grille, new bumper extension and new LED headlamps.

The rear receives a redesigned rear bumper extension and roof spoiler, while the new Outlander PHEV is also fitted with new two-tone contrasted 18-inch alloy wheels.

Pricing and UK specifications will be announced closer to its launch.

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  • The Engineer - 19/06/2018 11:05

    Arghh! I wasn't going to have another one, the ride isn't brilliant and with AFR's lagging reality all too often it takes a lot of effort to 'break even' also the car can be a bit laggy to respond. But if the ride is better, the new engine size means it moves into higher AFR so no risk of own pocket loss on fuel and its sounds a bit quicker and more responsive.. so common sense says I should reconsider. I had almost resigned myself to the luxury of choosing a GLC next time but WLTP testing put an end to that desire! The revised PHEV muddies the waters again, but does the revision do enough?

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  • Devon Guy - 22/06/2018 15:23

    Oh dear, an opportunity lost and such a disappointment. After 3 years, is this the best improvement that can be squeezed out. The PHEV and Battery powered market is as fast paced as the mobile phone market. Product life cycles are therefore at best 2 to 3 years before the tech looks Neolithic. It sort of feels as if the mainstream manufacturers are still working on a payback and product life associated with the traditional petrol and diesel models. That isn’t going to work and risks Mitsubishi becoming the next Nokia. I know it is in a different sector but look what Jaguar (a fraction of the size of Mitsubishi) are doing with the revolutionary all electric i-pace; they are taking on the likes of Tesla and beating them on performance, trim and price. Mitsubishi, led the field when the Outlander PHEV launched, but as comfortable as the model was, it was always underpowered as soon as the batteries ran out. This meagre attempt at improvement (in terms of increased bhp and battery power) does make it look as if Mitsubishi have been resting on their laurels. Is this the best that can be offered after 3 years?. I really hope there is a brand new ground breaking model on the way that sets new standards, but is running 12 months late, so they are doing the equivalent of what British Leyland used to do; fitting the equivalent of go-faster stripes and a vinyl roof to stimulate excitement from the uninitiated.

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