The 2019 Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) recently
took home “Green SUV of the Year” from Green
Car Journal during the LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility event. Green Car Journal is an industry leader
for recognizing eco-friendly vehicles. Special comments from its judges explain
that the Outlander PHEV raises the bar for environmental performance.
For a long time, hybrid technology has been relegated to small hatchbacks and sedans. However, the industry is starting to adapt and add these features to larger, more attractive models, for example the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. If you don’t know much about it, here are a few great things about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
New Option for Buyers
Before the Outlander PHEV, if you wanted a hybrid crossover, you would need to spend a small fortune and buy a luxury brand.
The Outlander PHEV is more than just a hybrid. It is a plug-in hybrid and can drive using electric power alone. When fully charged with a full tank of gas, it offers an estimated electric range of 22 miles and a total range of 310 miles.
The Outlander PHEV is equipped with paddle shifters that work with a battery regeneration system. The driver can select the resistance level between 0 and 5, with 5 being the strongest. With the highest resistance, the paddle shifters alone can almost bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
If you need more cargo space than what a hatchback can offer, the Outlander PHEV comes with 30.4 cubic feet behind the second row. Fold down the rear seats to take advantage of 62.8 cubic feet of volume.
Experience the 2018 Outlander PHEV for yourself when you stop by Bell Mitsubishi for a test drive.
The Mitsubishi Outlander has had a great year. The SUV, along with its Sport variant, have lead most sales for Mitsubishi, causing the brand to revise its strategy entirely for the next five years and focus more heavily on the crossover and SUV segment. However, there is one member of the Outlander lineup that, despite debuting internationally as far back as three years ago, never made it to North American shores. However, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV US launch is finally scheduled for this fall.
The announcement came at the recent New York International Auto Show, where Mitsubishi displayed the Outlander PHEV in America for the first time. Though the first US version will be branded a 2017 model year, the Outlander PHEV will still closely resemble to model already sold worldwide, with most of the styling carried over from the standard Outlander. However, a few changes will be made for the American market, with the most notable difference being the removal of CHAdeMO charging, due to the lack of US support for the system.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will also offer three different drive modes, and the vehicle will switch between them depending on which is the most appropriate to the situation. These modes include EV or electric-only, series hybrid or electric power with generator operation, and parallel hybrid or engine power with assistance from the electric motor.
The Outlander PHEV US launch was originally scheduled for 2014, but after a series of repeated delays, the incredibly successful plug-in hybrid—which typically tops its segment in countries where it’s sold—has been pushed back a few years. Pricing has not yet been announced, but more information is expected to be forthcoming as the Outlander PHEV’s fall release date comes up.