Mitsubishi Motors is rolling out models for 2021, and even one for 2022 with the reveal of the new generation of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV. Still no word on that new car for the C- or D-vehicle segment. Just when we thought the Outlander PHEV wasn’t getting a renewal, perhaps not as popular over here as it was in the land of the rising Sun, Mitsubishi surprised us with a newly upgraded Outlander plug-in hybrid with a new and improved powertrain. Fresh from the 2020 Rebelle Rally, the new Outlander PHEV is ready to go!
Old VS New
Let’s first take a look at what the previous Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offered consumers on the road. Powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, this model could generate only 117 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque. Not enough to race, but with electric-power lasting for 22 miles, it’s plenty of torque for a small adventure. With a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg and a combined 74 MPGe, the Outlander PHEV had a total driving range of 310 miles. It’s pretty good at the moment but doesn’t compete that well with other plug-in hybrids with years in the states.
This new engine is already bubbling with more power, a new 2.4 liter inline-four cylinder engine with a higher-output rear electric motor to boot! This rear motor, a powerful 70kW unit, replaced the old 60kW rear-axle-mounted electric motor. Together, the new 2021 Outlander PHEV can generate up to 221 horsepower, with 148 lb-ft of torque generated by the gasoline internal combustion engine counterpart. No mention on the torque output of the new electric motor.
The main battery has also been improved, or more so replaced. Instead of the 12.0 kW/h powering the electric motor, a new 13.8 kW/h has been equipped for more range. With an increase of energy, the new all-electric range has increased from 22 to 24 miles. Not a large jump, but for those looking to go on the highway during the morning commute, the new top speed of all-electric operation has gone from 79 mph to 83 mph.
Finally, the new 2021 Outlander PHEV’s powertrain comes with a little more programming as well as engineering. On the coded side, the new Outlander plug-in comes with updated software for improved synchronization between battery and engine, offering more seamless operation of the powertrain. On top of that, overall noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) has been reduced by the vehicle model as a whole.
Want more? Good, because there is more! The Outlander PHEV always came with select driving modes, and now Sport and Snow have been added for enhanced driver confidence and control in all kinds of driving situations. With Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system equipped, this plug-in hybrid SUV is as sturdy as they come. The new, larger-capacity battery pack also helps with the center of gravity.
Available in three trim levels, SEL, LE, and GT, the new 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a starting MSRP of $36,295 (plus destination fee). Ready to go a little green with a plug-in hybrid? Find the new 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at Miami Lakes Automall.