Equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine as well as two high-performance electric motors and Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, the Outlander PHEV is created to combine the assets of an SUV (roomy interior, 1,500-lb towing capacity) with the fuel economy of a hybrid vehicle.
On the road, the Outlander PHEV has three modes that are automatically controlled by the vehicle.
The SUV went on sale in Europe, but not the U.S. Flash forward more than a year, and the 2018 Outlander PHEV is finally set to hit dealerships at the end of this year, but many questions - especially about range and fuel economy - remain.
In addition, the driver can choose between different modes governing the battery system: Battery Save Mode, Eco Mode, EV Priority Mode and Battery Charge Mode. The Series Hybrid Mode turns the gas engine to a generator to power the battery while the electric motors keep the Outlander moving down the road.
Lastly, in Parallel Hybrid Mode, the Outlander operates like a traditional hybrid with the engine driving the wheels and the electric motors assisting. The front electric motor is positioned transaxle-style on the left side of the gas engine and has an output of 60 kW.
The Mitsubishi Outlander will be sold for $35,535.
The battery that supplies the electricity for the motors is a high-capacity, 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack developed specifically for the PHEV system. The standard equipment includes an audio system with display screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, backup camera, heated front seats and more.
Charging the battery on a standard 120-volt outlet will take around eight hours, or around four hours on a 240-volt outlet or charging station. The Outlander PHEV can be charged with a plug or via its regenerative braking system.