After countless delays, Mitsubishi finally revealed the 2017 Outlander PHEV at last month’s New York International Auto Show.
The Outlander PHEV doesn’t look much different from the normal Outlander model, except it wears different badges and also comes equipped with a charging port, but the PHEV version is actually much different when it comes to the vehicle’s mechanics.
While the regular Outlander model offers the choice between either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or V6 engine, the PHEV SUV comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, as well as two additional electric motors, with one located on each axle. The 2017 Outlander PHEV also features a regenerative braking system that brings more power to its 12-kWh lithium-ion battery.
The new Outlander PHEV also features a unique version of the company’s Super All-Wheel Control system, and there are three distinct drive systems that the SUV can automatically switch between, depending on road and weather conditions: EV, which only uses electric power; series hybrid, which uses electric power with generator operation; and parallel hybrid, which uses power from the gasoline engine and the two electric motors.
Other noteworthy features available for the 2017 Outlander PHEV include blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and a multi-around view camera monitor, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
“What makes the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV so special is that it offers the best of both worlds with a balance of electric efficiency and long-range practicality,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. “Mitsubishi put its engineering prowess and knowledge to work to create a vehicle that meets the demand of a growing number of consumers who need a car that is capable and environmentally friendly. The Outlander PHEV will offer a high electric range and combined miles per gallon (MPG).”
While Mitsubishi stopped short of providing exact fuel economy numbers, the Japanese automaker did say the new Outlander PHEV will reach US dealerships later this fall.