The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been teased as a flagship for the range that was revealed in February this year. Using the upcoming Nissan X-Trail’s platform, the Mitsubishi claims that the new eco-friendly variant boasts a number of improvements over the previous model.
Set to roll out in Japan in the second half of this financial year, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will offer improved motor output and increased battery capacity over the previous generation model that was launched in 2013. With this, the brand claims a more powerful road performance and greater driving range.
Thanks to the benefits of its new platform, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV integrates components and an optimised layout that allows it to accommodate seven passengers in three rows with improved packaging, offering a new level of comfort and utility in an SUV.
The aforementioned debut model, which never made its way to the South African market, acted as a testament to Mitsubishi’s dedication in the research and development of electric vehicles since 1964. This car was sold in more than 60 countries around the world and, as the manufacturer puts it, is a leader in the PHEV category.
The fourth generation Outlander range is currently available globally with a naturally aspirated 2,5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which gives it a power output of 135 kW and 245 N.m of torque. This is distributed to the wheels via a CVT. It’s understood that this unit will suppliment the PHEV detalied above.
The brand has no plans to introduce a turbodiesel offering for this product as of right now. Standout inclusions to this offering consists of a 9,0-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and a 12,3-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display. A 360-degree camera, forward collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring bolsters its safety appeal.
This is the first Mitsubishi product to adopt Nissan’s CMF-CD platform.