The most recent era of Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) has lastly landed in Australia with a a lot steeper asking value, however it brings with it class-leading plug-in hybrid functionality and a considerably bigger battery for further driving vary.
Mitsubishi has lengthy been a pacesetter in PHEV growth, and it’s hoping this newest era of Outlander PHEV strikes the precise chord with Mitsubishi’s loyal fan base.
In contrast to some launches, we had the possibility to check the Outlander PHEV in and round Adelaide and the encompassing hills, adopted by a 700km drive from Adelaide to Melbourne after which a full day at our proving floor take a look at observe.
So how does it stack up?
How a lot does the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid value?
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV vary kicks off from $54,590 plus on-road prices for the entry-level ES. That’s a hefty $17,000+ soar over the equal non-PHEV model.
The mannequin we extensively examined was the $65,990 (plus on-roads) Exceed variant with 5+2 seating.
2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid pricing:
- Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV ES 5 seat: $54,590
- Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV Aspire 5 seat: $60,990
- Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV Exceed 5+2 seat: $65,990
- Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV Exceed Tourer 5+2 seat: $68,490
Costs exclude on-road prices
What’s the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid like on the within?
Typically persons are stunned after I inform them the Outlander shares a platform with the brand new Nissan X-Path. From the skin each look completely completely different from each other, and even while you delve deeper there are solely minor similarities that you simply discover.
Mitsubishi needed so as to add its personal aptitude to the Outlander contained in the cabin, and achieved that with a extra premium and upscale set of supplies throughout the dashboard, centre tunnel and door surrounds. In depth use of piano black materials dulls the expertise considerably, however for essentially the most half the presentation is on level.
Forward of the driving force is a big 12.3-inch show and central to the cabin is a smaller 9.0-inch color infotainment system that comes with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It groups with a Bose branded nine-speaker sound system and a head-up show. The sound system is nice, however surprisingly not that incredible. It wants a stack extra bass and doesn’t dazzle as a lot as a BOSE branded sound system ought to.
Outdoors of that the infotainment system is on level, whereas the driving force show is excessive decision and supplies an in depth purposeful overview of what the automotive is doing.
Storage is nice as nicely, and also you’ll discover wi-fi telephone charging to maintain issues transferring when you run wi-fi smartphone mirroring.
Given I had the possibility to spend a lot time within the automotive I appreciated the supportive and comfy seats. They hug you in properly and supply electrical adjustment for each the driving force and entrance passenger. Stepping up from the Exceed to Exceed Tourer additionally brings a therapeutic massage operate – not a nasty thought for lengthy distance drives!
Mitsubishi boasts numerous EV capabilities on the Outlander PHEV that make it distinctive to the section. Contained in the cabin you’ll discover two 1500W AC retailers for working issues like laptop computer chargers, small espresso machines and different moveable units.
Hidden inside the cost port cowl is a Kind 2 AC port that gives single path charging of the car at as much as 3.6kW single-phase. Immediately subsequent to that may be a DC quick charging CHAdeMO port that delivers as much as 22kW into the battery system.
This Japanese commonplace port additionally permits V2G and V2H performance.
V2G stands for Car to Grid and permits the car to produce vitality to the grid at a relentless fee as much as 10kW. V2H however stands for Car to House and permits the car to produce as much as 10kW of vitality at variable charges to run a house.
What’s the purpose on this tech? In some nations with unstable electrical energy provides, or nations which might be topic to pure disasters that have an effect on energy provides, you should utilize your car to run the house throughout emergencies or to produce vitality to the grid.
The second row is roomy sufficient with a capability to slip the second row forwards and backwards to produce extra room to the cargo space or for the plus two seating within the third row.
The brand new battery again sits beneath the ground with the placement of the inverter additionally moved to beneath the second row to now permit the Outlander PHEV to supply a 3rd row (which the earlier era wasn’t capable of accommodate).
The third row is a kid-only zone. In reality, when the second row is slid backwards all the way in which there is no such thing as a hole between the bottom of the third row and the again of the second row.
So the one method to match anyone (together with children) within the third row is to slip the second row ahead, which eliminates nearly all knee room.
Mitsubishi doesn’t declare it’s an area for adults, however we don’t actually perceive the way you’d match children into the third row and anyone within the second row on the similar time.
Outdoors of that there’s 163 litres of cargo area out there behind the third row when it’s erect.
Dropping the third row will increase area to 478 litres to the highest of the second row, whereas dropping the second row will increase the load area to 1473 litres.
There’s no spare tyre, as a substitute you’ll discover a tyre restore equipment situated beneath the cargo flooring.
What’s beneath the bonnet?
The Outlander PHEV combines an Atkinson cycle 98kW 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 20.0kWh lithium-ion battery pack and twin electrical motors, offering all-wheel drive.
The 2 electrical motors produce 85kW and 100kW (up from 60kW and 70kW within the outdated automotive). Complete system outputs are 185kW of energy and 450Nm of torque.
The brand new PHEV encompasses a bigger 20kWh battery, up from the outdated automotive’s 13.8kWh battery, in addition to a brand new battery cooling system and extra highly effective electrical motors.
The Outlander PHEV has a claimed 84km of pure electrical driving vary and gasoline consumption of 1.5L/100km, each on the extra lenient NEDC cycle. DC charging is supported by way of the automotive’s CHAdeMO port. It has a 56L gasoline tank, up from 45L within the outdated automotive.
Mitsubishi says it’ll take 38 minutes to cost from 0 to 80 per cent on a DC charger.
One of many causes Mitsubishi claims to stick with a CHAdeMO port is as a result of it’s the one cost port that enables V2X functionality. A lot of public quick charging stations in Australia supply high-speed charging via CHAdeMO plugs.
How does the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid drive?
In contrast to some electrical automobiles available on the market that shock with whacky designs, the philosophy with the Outlander PHEV as a plug-in hybrid is to appear and feel identical to a daily Outlander.
On the skin you’ll discover a set of extra badges and a charging port on the precise facet of the automotive, however outdoors of that it’s all very very like every other Outlander on the highway.
The following bit is a bit of technical, however I feel it’s necessary to elucidate how the Outlander PHEV works from a technical sense to raised perceive why it does the issues that it does.
It makes use of each an inner combustion engine (a naturally aspirated 2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder) and a pair of electrical motors to maneuver the car. Relying on velocity and cargo it will possibly then range how these methods work together.
A single velocity transaxle situated on the entrance axle encompasses a single fastened gear for the differential drive and one other single gear for the generator drive. Relying on wheel velocity, the system acts both as a collection hybrid or a parallel hybrid.
The battery system is charged utilizing AC or DC via the cost ports, or is charged utilizing the interior combustion engine by way of a generator.
That is supported by a set of two EV drive modes known as Save and Charger, that permit the interior combustion engine to run and use its 98kW capability to drive a generator, which in flip expenses the battery or holds its stage of cost for future use.
When performing as a parallel hybrid (speeds above round 70km/h) the interior combustion engine can straight drive the entrance wheels when engine and wheel speeds match whereas additionally working the generator to produce vitality to the battery system.
Mitsubishi claims that at speeds under round 70km/h it’s extra environment friendly to run the car by way of its electrical motors, whereas speeds above 70km/h are extra conducive to being run straight by the interior combustion engine.
The battery system then additionally by no means completely depletes throughout common driving. When the driving force sees the battery standing as empty on the instrument cluster, it nonetheless retains round 20 per cent capability for electrical help throughout full throttle purposes.
When the battery is at this 20 per cent ’empty’ state, it would always change between electrical propulsion and working the interior combustion engine to maintain capability. It’s an necessary cost state as a result of the small capability inner combustion engine would battle to maneuver the automotive by itself with any nice tempo if the battery was really to be completely empty.
One other curious factor of the system is that at any velocity, the interior combustion engine may also use the generator as a voltage booster for the electrical drive system. This permits the system to attract extra present from the battery system to attain peak electrical motor output.
That’s why you’ll hear the engine flare up beneath full throttle – even while you’re driving within the pure EV mode.
So, sufficient of the technical stuff. How does it truly really feel behind the wheel? Once you set off there’s no noise. The electrical drivetrain is silent and it strikes alongside fuss free. If the battery is full it would all the time try to use this primary earlier than accessing the interior combustion engine.
Meaning you would in principle drive to and from work day by day with a daily cost after which not contact the interior combustion engine.
Within the EV drive mode the Outlander PHEV permits a beneficiant quantity of throttle enter earlier than commanding a voltage increase from the interior combustion engine. It’s in distinction to some EVs available on the market just like the Kia Sorento PHEV that can rush to change the interior combustion engine on incessantly when an excessive amount of torque is requested by the driving force.
Our first drive stint had us driving across the Adelaide CBD in full electrical mode and it was greater than ample to maintain up with visitors and zip out and in of visitors. Our common effectivity in and across the metropolis was round 25kWh/100km.
Mitsubishi has additionally created a ‘single-pedal’ drive mode that’s meant to imitate Nissan’s e-Pedal. In principle it makes use of a mix of vitality regen and mechanical brakes to gradual the automotive. The place the Nissan e-Pedal system will deliver the automotive to a cease, Mitsubishi’s system stops working from 20km/h and requires the driving force to take over.
On the open highway the Outlander can preserve its electrical drive mode at freeway driving speeds, which suggests the inside stays pretty silent. Even when the interior combustion engine switches on, it stays remarkably silent even when it’s working at full tilt.
It’s a pleasant setup that once more separates the Outlander PHEV from its opponents, which might be thrashy and noisy after they command the interior combustion engine to change on for extra help.
Inevitably on my lengthy drive I ran the battery dry, which required the interior combustion engine to kick on. Mitsubishi’s mixed gasoline financial system declare depends on a preset take a look at cycle that mimics numerous variables a driver is unlikely to ever meet.
So for the advantage of simplicity if the battery does run dry and you use the Outlander PHEV as a hybrid, the mixed metropolis and freeway driving declare is 6.7L/100km.
One of many largest downsides of a plug-in hybrid is that for longer distance drives as soon as the battery does run dry, you might be then lugging round 20kWh value of battery that’s successfully doing nothing however including further weight.
With that mentioned, a gasoline financial system of beneath 7L/100km isn’t horrible. My drive from Adelaide to Melbourne netted precisely 6.7L/100km too, which is true on the cash.
One factor I observed on my longer drive, particularly throughout overtaking was that the single-speed transmission works nicely with the interior combustion engine up till round 100km/h, however after that it actually falls off a cliff.
The inner combustion engine reaches its energy and torque peak at round 4500rpm and while you’ve exceeded that band it’s all as much as the electrical motors to maintain all the things transferring.
Not a difficulty for day-to-day driving, however one thing I observed when overtaking. I wanted an honest run as much as move longer automobiles and that was simply with me on board. Load the car with passengers and baggage and it’ll be amplified additional.
There are a selection of drive modes out there that adjust the car’s traction management methods in mild off-road conditions (you’ll be able to see how the non-PHEV Outlander carried out off-road throughout our mid-size SUV comparability), however the two I used to be concerned about had been Tarmac and Hello-Energy.
These two modes function in ‘full assault’ mode with the interior combustion engine working for optimum energy. By means of years of rally learnings, Mitsubishi has built-in its energetic wheel management system that may brake particular person wheels to permit the automotive to show in higher.
When pushed at increased speeds on our take a look at observe you would really feel the system working beneath you to tuck the entrance finish in out of corners. It’s a terrific setup and when the Outlander PHEV is in full swing beneath that 100km/h torque killing marker, it’s actually participating and enjoyable to drive.
Steering really feel is nice and it’s enjoyable to throw round, which is one thing I positively wasn’t anticipating from the plug-in hybrid model of the Outlander.
Regardless of sitting on 20-inch alloy wheels, the experience was compliant in and across the metropolis and felt prefer it was much more settled and pleased with further weight on board in comparison with the equal non-PHEV model of the Exceed.
Street noise is nice, however not superb. There’s a diploma of tyre noise that comes into the cabin, which is disappointing given how quiet the engine and driveline bundle is.
What do you get?
Outlander Plug-in Hybrid ES highlights
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights and daytime working lights
- 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wi-fi Apple CarPlay
- Wired Android Auto
- DAB+ digital radio
- Six-speaker sound system
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- Keyless begin
- Twin-zone local weather management with rear air vents
- Material upholstery
- Urethane steering wheel
- 40:20:40 cut up fold and reclining second-row seat
- Hill descent management
- Terrain management
- Trailer stability help
- Mode 2 and Mode 3 charging cables
Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Aspire provides:
- 20-inch two-tone alloy wheels
- Privateness glass
- ‘Excessive-grade’ LED headlights with auto-levelling
- Energy-folding exterior mirrors
- Computerized headlights
- Adaptive high-beam
- LED fog lights
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Silver roof rails
- Silver skid plate garnishes entrance and rear
- Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel
- ‘Mixture’ seat trim
- Energy driver’s seat
- Heated entrance seats
- 10.8-inch head-up show
- Wi-fi telephone charging
- Keyless entry
- Fingers-free energy tailgate
- Roll-type tonneau cowl
- 2 x USB retailers in rear console
- Electro-chromatic rear-view mirror
- Tyre restore equipment
The Aspire additionally positive aspects an AC energy provide for the Car to Load operate, with two 1500W, 240V three-pin retailers.
Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Exceed provides:
- Color-coded decrease physique accents
- Gloss black B- and C-pillars
- Panoramic sunroof
- 9-speaker Bose sound system
- Third row of seating
- Quilted leather-based upholstery (Black or Mild Gray)
- Energy passenger seat
- Two-position driver and passenger reminiscence
- Pull-up second-row sunshades
- Tri-zone local weather management with rear A/C panel
- Entrance door trim illumination
- Aluminium gearshift trim panel
- Energy-folding mirrors with reminiscence and reverse auto-tilt
Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Exceed Tourer provides:
- Two-tone physique color
- Two-tone leather-based upholstery (black and saddle tan)
- Massaging entrance seats
Is the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid protected?
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, just like the petrol-powered mannequin, has a five-star ANCAP security score.
It obtained scores of 83 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 92 per cent for youngster occupant safety, 81 per cent for weak highway person safety, and 83 per cent for security help.
Normal security tools consists of:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Pedestrian detection (day, night time)
- Bicycle owner detection (day)
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Lane departure warning
- Lane-keep help
- Site visitors signal recognition
- Driver consideration monitoring
- Emergency Lane Maintaining
- incl. oncoming and overtaking visitors recognition
- Predictive Ahead Collision Mitigation
- Haptic vibration alert for steering wheel
- Adaptive cruise management
- Entrance and rear parking sensors
- Reversing digital camera
Outlander Aspire provides:
- Reverse AEB
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Encompass-view cameras
How a lot does the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid value to run?
The Outlander PHEV is roofed by a five-year, 100,000km guarantee, although that is elevated to 10 years/200,000km should you service inside the Mitsubishi dealership community.
The hybrid battery is roofed by an eight-year, 160,000km guarantee.
Mitsubishi gives 10 years of capped-price servicing. Over a 5 12 months interval, the Outlander PHEV prices $1495 to service, or a median of $299 per go to.
CarExpert’s Tackle the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid
I got here away from a stack of time within the Outlander PHEV actually having fun with it.
We sometimes put these automobiles extensively via their paces in the course of the week we spend with them, however the further miles behind the wheel of the Outlander PHEV had me actually appreciating the expertise.
Throughout my freeway drive I used to be capable of cease for a cost at a quick charger whereas having lunch, and I can see the attraction of a automotive like this that may be charged intermittently across the metropolis or at work.
The efficiencies actually come from these charging stops that you are able to do when the automotive doesn’t must be transferring.
It’s participating and enjoyable to drive while you get on it and it’s roomy sufficient inside for a small household – with a usable third row for small children.
The value is getting up there although, and the large step up will doubtless sway outdated Outlander PHEV homeowners away from an improve, however it’s prone to usher in a brand new crowd of patrons that aren’t able to undertake an EV simply but.
My cash is on the Aspire mannequin. It comes with greater than sufficient bells and whistles and appears premium from the skin.
I’m wanting ahead to seeing extra of those on the highway.
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