Why the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is More than a Plug-in Hybrid

June 14th, 2024 by


Mitsubishi Motors is showing great promise with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. After years of the same lineup in North America, the automaker is starting to put more focus on the U.S. with the “Momentum 2030” business strategy. Mitsubishi Motors is going back into concept mode, with another vehicle nameplate popping up here and there. Most recently, the Mitsubishi “Montero” and “Lancer Sportback” were registered with the USPTO, and a Mitsubishi D:X concept for the U.S. Despite the new models planned for 2025-2030, the automaker continues to push the Outlander PHEV. What makes it so special?

An EV in Disguise

The Outlander PHEV is exactly what it sounds like – a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. Powered by a 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder and a twin motor system, the combined output is 244 horsepower. The twin motor system is powered by a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery, adding additional torque. The gasoline engine can generate 144 lb-ft of torque, whereas the front motor generates an additional 188 lb-ft of torque, and 143 lb-ft of torque from the rear. That’s at 0 RPM for the twin motor system, by the way. Electric motors can do that.

What makes this a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) hiding amongst plug-in hybrids? The Outlander PHEV battery pack is capable of fast charging, providing more energy quicker and more likely for consumers to charge up and go electric. An estimated 80 percent in 38 minutes with a CHAdeMO DC fastcharge, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is able to boast an all-electric range (AER) of 38 miles, most consumers could use that in daily commute. Basically, the Outlander PHEV could become a BEV if gas stations were ignored. With a fully charged battery and a full tank, consumers can use the whole powertrain to travel 420 miles.

Super All-Wheel

The Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) four-wheel drive (4WD) system is an in-house development from Mitsubishi Motors that dramatically improves the handling and stability of a vehicle. With a twin motor system powered by a battery, the response from the front and rear motors is immediate, offering a noticeable increase in control when accelerating, cornering, and braking. The automaker has developed S-AWC for its lineup of pickup trucks, cross-country SUVs, and passenger cars to offer more performance in its vehicle while also providing a comfortable driving space and peace of mind.


Speaking of peace of mind, the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV includes a suite of advanced safety features to help the driver avoid auto incidents. Across the lineup, consumers can expect forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and blind spot warning with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alerts, driver attention alert, and rear parking sensors. For assistance in parking in the front and the back, trims past the base come with front parking sensors as well. Also past the base, consumers get access to MI-PILOT Assist. The MI-PILOT driver-assistance system uses cameras and radar to control acceleration, brakes, and steering when driving long distances to give consumers a more relaxed mood when driving, able to have a safe and enjoyable drive, even in stop-and-go traffic. Hallelujah, South Florida!

Looking to go a little green with the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV? Find your new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at Miami Lakes Automall.

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