2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug In Hybrid

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid PHEV

February 10, 2015

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is expected to arrive in June on the market, refreshed with numerous technical novelties, plug in version will lastly come.

This unique mid-size crossover the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander originally came in 2001 below the Air trek identity, but several years later it was rebranded to Outlander. There are 3 generations of this SUV. New model won’t come just with visible changes, but additionally with numerous technical novelties.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander front view

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Exterior and Interior  

The most visible change is new frontal styling, with the rounded and grille-free aerodynamic nose of the current model replaced by a slatted grille and lower air inlet with wraparound headlights. Producer says the grille is shaped like the three-diamond brand logo, though we see some influence from the current Lexus “spindle grille” design. The goal of the concept is to add a degree of sportiness to what is presently one of the blandest mid-size utility designs on the market.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander interior

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Engine

New model is equipped with an electric motor at each end, connected to its own axle. In EV mode, their output is rated at 40 horsepower, for a total of 80 ponies, and the SUV can speed up to 120 km/h on electric power alone. In Series Hybrid mode, the car is still powered by the twin electric motors, but their output is doubled for a total of 160 hp. Meanwhile, a 2.0L four-cylinder engine acts as a generator and sends energy back into the lithium-ion battery pack. All this is managed by a single-speed transmission, and its electronic brain (read: a half-dozen ECUs) takes care of automatically switching from one mode to another, without driver intervention.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander roar view

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Price and release date  

This car has been on sale in Europe and Japan for more than two years, but U.S. buyers will still have to wait a while to get their hands on the plug-in crossover. While a refreshed model is set to arrive in June, the plug-in version may not follow until almost a year afterward–likely as a 2017 model. Price has not yet been set, but we expect the PHEV version to cost roughly $43K which is competitive to cars form the same class like his main rival Jeep Grand Cherokee.


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