The UK’s best-selling Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, has received some major upgrades to help reduce its environmental impact.
Immediately following its introduction in 2014 it caught the public’s attention, achieving 10,000 sales in the UK within the first 10 months and amassing a total sales figure of 26,600 by the end of 2016.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers a better pure EV range than any of its competitors, has the lowest emissions of any all-wheel drive vehicle (and remains amongst the lowest-emitting vehicles of its plug-in hybrid competitors) and is the only AWD vehicle to utilise electric power to drive both front and rear wheels for superior traction both on and off the road. It is also the only plug-in hybrid to offer rapid charging (up to 80% in approximately 25 minutes) and adjustable regenerative braking, which is controlled via the steering wheel paddles to further enhance the driving experience.
After extensive revision in 2016, the new Outlander PHEV has arrived, representing another evolution in technology, safety and dynamic performance. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is in showrooms now with prices starting from £34,749 (excluding the £2,500 Plug-in Car Grant)
For 2017 Mitsubishi introduces a new EV Priority Mode across all variants allowing the driver to operate the vehicle in EV mode without the engine starting, provided there is sufficient charge in the batteries. An electronic parking brake is also new to the 2017 Outlander PHEV, as well as the brake auto hold button function which, when activated, holds the vehicle in traffic or on an incline the same way a handbrake would, allowing the driver to release the footbrake.
Powertrain and chassis revision bring a quieter and more refined to drive than ever. Rapid charging has also been improved, reducing its charging time to 80% from 30 minutes to approximately 25 minutes, and its pure electric range rises to 33 miles. The 2017 Outlander PHEV also delivers more performance with improved acceleration in EV mode compared to its predecessor. CO2 emissions have also been lowered to 41g/km, with an average weighted fuel consumption of 166 mpg – a 6.4% increase versus the previous version. Regenerative braking technology, which works to put lost energy back into the battery when slowing down and which can be adjusted while driving using the steering wheel paddles, has also been upgraded for 2017 Outlander PHEV - the drive battery output has been improved by 10%.