2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 6 September 2012 , 11:09:06 byVeronica

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Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

This month at the Paris Motor Show, a lot of carmaker will present their latest achievements. One of them is Mitsubishi, which has prepared the Mirage for the European customers. The specialists also have another surprise for the ones there and not only. As a world premiere, the carmaker will introduce the new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle on September 27th. According the its developer, the Outlander PHEV is the first plug-in hybrid SUV in the world capable of offering the environmental performance of an electric vehicle, the on- and off-road performance of an SUV and also the cruising range of a conventional ICE.

Under the hood, the model hides a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine and a pair of electric motors, one on each axle. The new Outlander also uses a high-capacity 12 kWh lithium-ion battery. The model can be driven in three different modes called EV, Series Hybrid and Parallel Hybrid. The driver can opt for either one manually or automatically. As long as the car has enough battery and depending on the weather conditions, the driver can choose whatever he wants.

The EV mode offers a cruising range of more than 55 km. How does it work? The front and rear motors work only on electricity received from the drive battery and this is how the vehicle works. In the Hybrid mode, the gasoline engine operates just like a generator providing electricity to the electric motors. The system automatically switches to this mode when the battery is low charged and when in fact needs more power. Last, we have the Parallel Hybrid mode. In this situation, the 4-cylinder gasoline engine offers most of the power needed, but when the electric motors can handle it, the gasoline unit comes to the rescue. The driver chooses this mode when driving at high speeds. The driving range of the crossover exceeds 880 km.

According to the carmaker the expected combined fuel efficiency is of 61 km/liter on the Japanese driving cycle. This also includes the use of battery, in case you were wondering. Mitsubishi expects to launch the new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle for the Japanese customers at the beginning of next year. The European and North American ones will have to wait a bit more, but it will get to them.Just for information, the automaker introduced the regular 2013 Outlander in July in Russia and will offer it to its European customers this month. The North Americans will have to wait until the beginning of next year, or, the best case scenario, the end of this year. This model is offered with a 2.0-liter petrol engine and with 2.2-liter diesel unit as well.