With temperatures soaring, it’s certainly been a Great British Summer so far, but forgive us for already looking ahead to early Autumn, when the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrives! Our showrooms in Newtown and Telford are gearing up for the hotly anticipated launch, and we can now confirm some of the enhanced specs which the latest edition of the top-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in Europe will feature.
Power and efficiency
The new Outlander PHEV will offer drivers the optimum combination of power and efficiency, demonstrating why it set tongues wagging at its Geneva Motor Show unveiling earlier in the year. JT Hughes Mitsubishi customers can look forward to a new 2.4-litre petrol engine, which is augmented by an increased EV motor, an upscaled generator and larger battery capacity.
The new 4B12” 2.4-litre petrol engine ensures the Outlander PHEV remains a performance leader, offering the advantages of a MIVEC variable-valve timing system which enables seamless switching between Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles. It provides 135hp – an increase of 14hp – and a wider torque range of 211Nm when operating in Otto cycle mode. The Atkinson cycle sees the valve remain open for longer, reducing the compression stroke and burning less fuel as a result – perfect for motorway cruising.
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Raising the bar for EV performance
When it comes to the new Outlander PHEV’s pure EV performance, it can easily cover the daily commute – offering a 28-mile battery-only range, as confirmed by stringent real-world WLTP tests. The new model’s average fuel economy figure is an impressive 141mpg, with CO2 emissions of only 46g/km (40g/km NEDC.
But those aren’t the only features which are poised to make the Outlander PHEV’s 2018 model a landmark launch. JT Hughes Mitsubishi customers taking a test drive might notice the new Sports Mode, which offers even more grip and throttle responsiveness as part of the Super All-Wheel Control system. Meanwhile, SNOW mode rises to the challenge of cornering on slippery surfaces, and the traction control system takes hill climbing performance to a new level by using the right amount of rear motor torque, with no compromise on stability. Then there’s the updated front and rear shock absorbers, which go towards an enhanced speed ride.
The plethora of new Outlander PHEV features doesn’t stop there. The 2019 model will also possess rear ventilation vents, an interior with an updated accent trim, and USB ports which offer even more driver convenience. The car will look every inch ‘the new kid on the block’ with its new bumper extension, redesigned grilles large roof spoiler, ‘technical’ LED headlamps and 18-inch multi-spoke alloys.
The Outlander PHEV experience
While the new Outlander PHEV is packed with enhancements, the driving experience which has characterised the top-selling hybrid is fully retained. You can rest assured that the paddle-adjustable, six-setting regenerative braking system will be untouched; helping to ensure the refined and responsive drive that the Outlander PHEV is cherished for.
We will let you know more on pricing for the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV when details are announced closer to the September launch.