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Mitsubishi confirms 2022 launch for Outlander PHEV

Sharing: Outlander and next Nissan X-Trail share platform, drivetrain and cabin but Mitsubishi goes it alone – for now – with hybrid power.

New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gets seven seats, potential for 100km electric range

30 Jul 2021

MITSUBISHI Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has followed up details of its latest Outlander SUV with the recent teasing of its new-gen Outlander PHEV that, for the first time, can seat up to seven occupants.


Based on the all-new fourth-generation Outlander expected in Australia later this year, the PHEV will score all the same features and be visually identical to its internal combustion stablemate except for the right-side flap covering the charging port.


The latest PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is expected to launch in Australia early in 2022. No pricing has been announced yet but you can expect at least small margin over the current three-grade Outlander PHEV portfolio which ranges from $47,990-$56,490 plus costs.


It will replace the existing PHEV drivetrain with a new hybrid system that includes more powerful electric motors and increased battery capacity for a greater EV-only range. 


The latest Outlander generation sits on a new platform shared with the next-gen Nissan X-Trail (here early 2022) and even uses the same 2.5-litre engine rated at 135kW/245Nm (non-PHEV, up from the current 124kW/220Nm 2.4-litre) and eight-step continuously-variable transmission (CVT).


The same engine is expected to feature in the PHEV, albeit modified to suit the hybrid role. 


The current version is powered by a 94kW/199Nm 2.4-litre petrol engine which is then boosted by two electric motors – one at the front (60kW/137Nm) and one at the rear (70kW/195Nm). 


The PHEV development has taken on board the relatively poor sales in the US compared with a rising number of rivals. 


One of the Outlander’s bugs is its relatively short electric-only range of 39km (in the US) – a range of 54km is quoted for Australia – bettered by rivals including the popular Toyota RAV4 Prime (68km), Ford Escape (61km) and Hyundai Tucson (51km).


Mitsubishi is said to equip the next Outlander PHEV with a bigger battery – up from the current 13.8kW/h unit – and aim for an all-electric range of close to a 100km.


The other issue main gripe – cabin space – has been solved with the next-gen PHEV set to have seating for seven, matching its petrol siblings.


Cabin features will be the same for the incoming petrol Outlander, with the main difference being a different instrument panel with extra gauges and battery details. 


It will also score the attractive cabin design boasting a 12.3-inch (or 9.0-inch depending on trim level) LCD and 7.0-inch multi-information screen, plus a 10.8-inch colour head-up display.


Like the petrol Outlander, the PHEV will feature the 10-speaker BOSE premium sound system on the higher variants. It will also carry a comprehensive safety kit full of the all the usual active and passive features.

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