Mitsubishi has taken the covers off the fully redesigned Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Outlander crossover SUV, which is set to go on sale in the first half of next year in Australia.
Considered the flagship offering of the Outlander range, it will incorporate a newly-developed platform and an array of advanced technologies. A range of upgrades are focused on better road performance and greater driving range.
Safer driving, a new look, and a high class interior all feature, with pure EV driving increased to 87km as a result of a new 20kWh large capacity battery. An increase in the petrol tank capacity over previous models has also expanded the total possible range.
A booster function has also been added, and a shift in the location of the rear motor control unit has, for the first time, allowed for a seven seat layout.
An innovative new pedal operation mode makes it possible to accelerate and decelerate just by controlling the accelerator pedal too, allowing driver’s to concentrate on steering.
The S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamics control system has a new brake AYC (Active Yaw Control) function for the rear wheels. This makes it possible to extract the maximum performance from all four tyres in a more balanced manner.
Seven drive modes can be selected depending on road surface conditions and driving style. Options include Normal, Tarmac, Gravel, Snow, Mud, Power and Eco. A new, highly rigid body design also improves steering stability.
Inclusion of the latest active safety technologies, which detect collision risks with multiple sensors for safer driving, includes MI-PILOT single-lane driver assistance technology for highways.
The control system integrates adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist to ensure the driver maintains distance between vehicles while keeping in the centre of the lane. It also detects speed limit signs and automatically adjusts the set speed accordingly.
MI-PILOT with Navi-link utilises map data to automatically adjust vehicle speed as needed according to curves, forks, and other circumstances on expressways. Also, the vehicle can automatically start within about 30 seconds of stopping in traffic, alleviating fatigue.
Mitsubishi Connect is also included, allowing users to easily access emergency assistance, check the travel-able distance of the drive battery, set charging times and alerts to avoid forgetting to charge, and display the positioning of a parked vehicle on a smartphone app.
On the outside, the new Outlander PHEV features an evolved version of its Dynamic Shield, along with large-diameter 20-inch wheels, muscular fender flares, and a D-pillar inspired by the vertical tail of a plane.
The rear features horizontally themed tail lights and a tailgate design built on a hexagon motif, accentuating wideness and stability. The new Outlander PHEV will be available in 10 colours, including Red Diamond, White Diamond, and the new Black Diamond.
Inside, the horizontally sculpted instrument panel provides an excellent sense of the position of the vehicle while driving, and expresses robustness and a feeling of spaciousness.
The centre console is designed to project a broad high-class presence. Finely textured soft padding that is pleasing to the touch can be found all over the interior, with stitching added for a high-quality feel.
Based on the Mitsubishi Touch approach, the monitors and gauges are designed to be reassuringly easy to see, while the selectors, dials and switches are designed to provide a confident grip and operation, resulting in a quality feel that appeals to the senses.
Trim levels and pricing for the Australian market are yet to be announced.