It’s here – the follow-up to Britain’s best-selling plug-in vehicle has finally reached UK roads.
But what do you need to know about the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV? Read on and you’ll find out…
The biggest change to the petrol-electric hybrid plug-in SUV is the introduction of a new 2.4-litre petrol engine. It’s more powerful but more efficient than its predecessor, benefiting from an extra 14bhp – now 133bhp.
A new ‘sport mode’ delivers sharper throttle responsiveness and more grip via the ‘super all-wheel control’ system.
Visually, it remains largely unchanged, but look closely and you’ll spot new headlights and a redesigned front grille. Around the back, there’s a new rear lower bumper extension and a large roof spoiler, as well as new, two-tone contrasted 18-inch multi-spoke alloys.
Out on the road, the second-gen Outlander PHEV is quieter and more refined than the original car, with more comfortable and supportive front seats, new switchgear, a revised instrument cluster, the addition of rear ventilation vents and more convenient USB ports.
What’s under the bonnet?
A 133bhp 2.4-litre petrol engine, which works with an 81bhp electric motor that helps to drive the front wheels and a 94bhp electric motor doing the same at the back.
So what’s fuel economy like in the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?
Tested on the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) cycle, it reports 139mpg combined.
But it climbs to 159.5mpg on the older NEDC (New European Driving Cycle).
How about emissions?
Again, very good. On WLTP, it’ll emit 46g/km of CO2 (or 40g/km on the NEDC).
How far can it go on just electric power?
The electric range of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is around 28 miles, depending on how you drive it.
How much does the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV cost?
Prices in the UK start from £34,255 on the road for the entry-level Juro model. Asking price climbs to £37,000 for the mid-spec 4h, and £39,100 for the 4hs.
What equipment do you get for that kind of money?
Juro models (£34,255) come with a pre-heater and air-con function, heated front seats, heated windscreen, dual-zone climate control, electronic parking brake with brake auto hold, keyless operation system with start/stop button, front fog lamps, LED daytime running lamps, a remote smartphone app compatibility and smartphone link display audio which unlocks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Stepping up to the 4h trim (£37,000) adds a 360° camera, blind-spot warning and rear-cross traffic alert, black headlining (complimenting the black leather interior), an eight-way electric-powered driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, power tailgate and LED headlamps.
The range-topping 4hs (£39,100) throws in even more safety features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning, as well as front and rear parking sensors, auto high beam and an unintended acceleration mitigation system.
How fast is it?
From a red light, it can get up to 62mph in around 11 seconds, which isn’t especially quick, but the electric motors will make it feel nippier than you expect. Top speed is 118mph.
What is boot space like?
The new Outlander PHEV offers up to 463 litres of boot space. There is the option to drop the back seats, which should expand luggage capacity to around 1,700 litres.
How much can it tow?
Braked towing capacity is 1,500kg.
How big is the Outlander PHEV?
From tip to tailpipe, the Outlander PHEV stretches for 4,695mm, by 1,800mm wide and 1,710mm high.
What’s the warranty like?
Your warranty is good for five years or the first 62,500 miles, whichever comes first.