Mitsubishi’s electrifying Outlander

06 September 2018

THE new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is taking to the roads this month, with prices eventually rising to more than £43,000.

The executive newcomer starts with Juro trim and equipment levels, and prices from £34,255, with subsequent levels of 4h, 4hs, 5h and 5hs, each of which includes a £2,500 plug-in car grant.

Initially only the Juro, 4h and 4hs versions are on offer, with the flagship models following in due course.

The newcomer has been designed to meet the new emissions regulations and qualifies for the government grant thanks to its official emissions of 46g/km and electric-only range of 28 miles.

This also attracts the lowest possible BIK rate of just 13 percent.

The vehicle uses a new 2.4-litre petrol engine that produces 135bhp, which is up from the previous 120bhp, with greater torque of 211Nm in comparison to the previous model’s 190Nm. The rear electric motor power output increases to 95bhp and the drive battery gains a ten per cent increase to 13.8kWh.

This generates an official economy average of 140mpg.

To complement the drivetrain enhancements, the front and rear shock absorbers are revised to improve low-speed ride and a new “Sport Mode” brings a sharper throttle response and more grip via the new All-Wheel Control system. The steering ratio is also revised and the power steering has more responsiveness and feel, while larger front brakes boost stopping power. There is also a new Snow mode to improve low-grip start-off and cornering on slippery surfaces.

The vehicle is also quieter and more refined, with more supportive front seats, new switchgear, a revised instrument cluster, new rear ventilation vents, and new USB ports. Outside there is a new front end with a redesigned grille and honeycomb mesh, a new bumper extension and new headlamp design. The rear gets a lower bumper extension and a large roof spoiler, plus new two-tone 18-inch multi-spoke alloys.

New tech equipment includes Smartphone Link Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. An electronic pre-heater function becomes standard and there are now heated front seats, a heated windscreen and dual-zone climate control. There is an electronic parking brake with brake auto hold, together with a Sport Mode and the EV priority switch. Other features include keyless entry, a Start/Stop button, front fog lamps, LED daytime running lamps and remote smartphone app compatibility.

The Outlander PHEV 4h builds on the Juro specification with additional safety equipment including a 360° camera, blind-spot warning, and rear-cross traffic alert. Other additions include an electric powered driver’s seat, heated steering wheel and power tailgate.

Completing the line-up is the 4hs specification, which adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation and Lane Departure Warning. Also included are front and rear parking sensors, Auto High-Beam and an Unintended acceleration Mitigation System. The 4hs variant costs £39,100.