The most recent era of Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) has lastly landed in Australia with a a lot steeper asking worth, however it brings with it class-leading plug-in hybrid functionality and a considerably bigger battery for additional driving vary.
Mitsubishi has lengthy been a pacesetter in PHEV improvement, and it’s hoping this newest era of Outlander PHEV strikes the fitting chord with Mitsubishi’s loyal fan base.
In contrast to some launches, we had the prospect to check the Outlander PHEV in and round Adelaide and the encircling 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?
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+ bounce over the equal non-PHEV model.
The model 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
Typically persons are stunned once I inform them the Outlander shares a platform with the brand new Nissan X-Path. From the surface 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 motive 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 sweet, however surprisingly not that tremendous. 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 motive force show is excessive decision and supplies an in depth practical overview of what the automobile is doing.
Storage is sweet as effectively, and also you’ll discover wi-fi telephone charging to maintain issues shifting whilst you run wi-fi smartphone mirroring.
Given I had the prospect to spend a lot time within the automobile I appreciated the supportive and cozy seats. They hug you in properly and supply electrical adjustment for each the motive 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 plenty of EV features on the Outlander PHEV that make it distinctive to the phase. Contained in the cabin you’ll discover two 1500W AC retailers for operating issues like laptop computer chargers, small espresso machines and different transportable units.
Hidden throughout the cost port cowl is a Sort 2 AC port that gives single course charging of the automobile at as much as 3.6kW single-phase. Instantly subsequent to that could be a DC quick charging CHAdeMO port that delivers as much as 22kW into the battery system.
This Japanese customary port additionally permits V2G and V2H performance.
V2G stands for Automobile to Grid and permits the automobile to produce vitality to the grid at a relentless price as much as 10kW. V2H then again stands for Automobile to Residence and permits the automobile to produce as much as 10kW of vitality at variable charges to run a house.
What’s the purpose on this tech? In some international locations with unstable electrical energy provides, or international locations which might be topic to pure disasters that have an effect on energy provides, you should use your automobile 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 situation 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. The truth is, when the second row is slid backwards all the best way there isn’t any hole between the bottom of the third row and the again of the second row.
So the one approach to match anyone (together with children) within the third row is to slip the second row ahead, which eliminates virtually 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 positioned beneath the cargo ground.
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 previous automobile). Complete system outputs are 185kW of energy and 450Nm of torque.
The brand new PHEV includes a bigger 20kWh battery, up from the previous automobile’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 gas consumption of 1.5L/100km, each on the extra lenient NEDC cycle. DC charging is supported through the automobile’s CHAdeMO port. It has a 56L gas tank, up from 45L within the previous automobile.
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. Various public quick charging stations in Australia supply high-speed charging by CHAdeMO plugs.
In contrast to some electrical autos available on the market that shock with whacky designs, the philosophy with the Outlander PHEV as a plug-in hybrid is to feel and appear similar to an everyday Outlander.
On the surface you’ll discover a set of extra badges and a charging port on the fitting facet of the automobile, however exterior of that it’s all very very similar to some other Outlander on the street.
The following bit is a bit technical, however I feel it’s vital to clarify 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 inside combustion engine (a naturally aspirated 2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder) and a pair of electrical motors to maneuver the automobile. Relying on pace and cargo it will probably then range how these programs work together.
A single pace transaxle positioned on the entrance axle includes a single mounted gear for the differential drive and one other single gear for the generator drive. Relying on wheel pace, the system acts both as a sequence hybrid or a parallel hybrid.
The battery system is charged utilizing AC or DC by the cost ports, or is charged utilizing the interior combustion engine through a generator.
That is supported by a set of two EV drive modes referred to as Save and Charger, that permit the interior combustion engine to run and use its 98kW capability to drive a generator, which in flip fees the battery or holds its degree of cost for future use.
When appearing 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 operating 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 automobile through 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 motive 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’ll continually swap between electrical propulsion and operating the interior combustion engine to maintain capability. It’s an vital cost state as a result of the small capability inside combustion engine would battle to maneuver the automobile by itself with any nice tempo if the battery was really to be completely empty.
One other curious component of the system is that at any pace, the interior combustion engine also can 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 realize 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 really really feel behind the wheel? If you set off there’s no noise. The electrical drivetrain is silent and it strikes alongside fuss free. If the battery is full it’ll all the time try to use this primary earlier than accessing the interior combustion engine.
Meaning you could possibly in principle drive to and from work each day with an everyday 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 enhance from the interior combustion engine. It’s in distinction to some EVs available on the market just like the Kia Sorento PHEV that may rush to modify the interior combustion engine on steadily when an excessive amount of torque is requested by the motive 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 mixture of vitality regen and mechanical brakes to sluggish the automobile. The place the Nissan e-Pedal system will carry the automobile to a cease, Mitsubishi’s system stops working from 20km/h and requires the motive force to take over.
On the open street the Outlander can keep 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 may be thrashy and noisy after they command the interior combustion engine to modify 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 gas economic system declare depends on a preset take a look at cycle that mimics plenty of 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 greatest 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 price of battery that’s successfully doing nothing however including additional weight.
With that mentioned, a gas economic system of beneath 7L/100km isn’t horrible. My drive from Adelaide to Melbourne netted precisely 6.7L/100km too, which is correct on the cash.
One factor I observed on my longer drive, particularly throughout overtaking was that the single-speed transmission works effectively with the interior combustion engine up till round 100km/h, however after that it actually falls off a cliff.
The interior 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 every thing shifting.
Not a difficulty for day-to-day driving, however one thing I observed when overtaking. I wanted an honest run as much as go longer autos and that was simply with me on board. Load the automobile with passengers and baggage and it’ll be amplified additional.
There are a selection of drive modes out there that change the automobile’s traction management programs in gentle off-road conditions (you may see how the non-PHEV Outlander carried out off-road throughout our mid-size SUV comparability), however the two I used to be excited about had been Tarmac and Hello-Energy.
These two modes function in ‘full assault’ mode with the interior combustion engine operating for max energy. By means of years of rally learnings, Mitsubishi has built-in its lively wheel management system that may brake particular person wheels to permit the automobile to show in higher.
When pushed at greater speeds on our take a look at observe you could possibly really feel the system working beneath you to tuck the entrance finish in out of corners. It’s an awesome setup and when the Outlander PHEV is in full swing beneath that 100km/h torque killing marker, it’s actually partaking and enjoyable to drive.
Steering really feel is sweet 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 way more settled and pleased with additional weight on board in comparison with the equal non-PHEV model of the Exceed.
Highway noise is sweet, however not wonderful. There’s a diploma of tyre noise that comes into the cabin, which is disappointing given how quiet the engine and driveline package deal is.
Outlander Plug-in Hybrid ES highlights
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights and daytime operating 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 break 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
- Automated 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
- Arms-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 features an AC energy provide for the Automobile 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
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, just like the petrol-powered model, has a five-star ANCAP security score.
It obtained scores of 83 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 92 per cent for little one occupant safety, 81 per cent for susceptible street person safety, and 83 per cent for security help.
Commonplace security gear consists of:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Pedestrian detection (day, evening)
- Bicycle owner detection (day)
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Lane departure warning
- Lane-keep help
- Visitors signal recognition
- Driver consideration monitoring
- Emergency Lane Protecting
- 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 digicam
Outlander Aspire provides:
- Reverse AEB
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Encompass-view cameras
The Outlander PHEV is roofed by a five-year, 100,000km guarantee, although that is elevated to 10 years/200,000km when you service throughout the Mitsubishi dealership community.
The hybrid battery is roofed by an eight-year, 160,000km guarantee.
Mitsubishi provides 10 years of capped-price servicing. Over a 5 yr interval, the Outlander PHEV prices $1495 to service, or a median of $299 per go to.
I got here away from a stack of time within the Outlander PHEV actually having fun with it.
We usually put these vehicles extensively by their paces in the course of the week we spend with them, however the additional 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 automobile 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 automobile doesn’t should be shifting.
It’s partaking 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 probably sway previous Outlander PHEV homeowners away from an improve, however it’s more likely 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 model. It comes with greater than sufficient bells and whistles and appears premium from the surface.
I’m wanting ahead to seeing extra of those on the street.
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