Well it’s about time. Mitsubishi is finally sending a PHEV to America, and not just any PHEV. Nope, it’s the one we’ve been waiting on for awhile now. This is the long time coming Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
PHEV stands for “plug-in electric hybrid vehicle”, and a lot of people call it a “plug-in hybrid” for short. What they seem to forget however is the “electric” part of the acronym is actually important. That’s because, when it comes to a PHEV, consumers just don’t get any old hybrid that only recharges the battery with regenerative braking. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle actually allows the driver to recharge the battery by plugging in and drive using only electricity with little-to-no tailpipe emissions.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is equipped with a 12-kWh battery, and that powers the hybrid portion of the hybrid system, composed of two high-performance electric motors. The internal combustion portion of the Outlander PHEV is a 2.0-liter engine. Back to the battery though, there’s two large advantages to point out. (1) the battery can be recharged up to 80% in as little as 30 minutes, and (2) the Outlander PHEV can travel 32 miles, gasoline-free, with a fully charged battery. If the battery has a full charge and the tank is full, the Outlander PHEV has a driving range of over 500 miles.
This isn’t all the upcoming Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can do. For one thing, it’s equipped with Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, which makes the Outlander PHEV the only plug-in hybrid crossover with all-wheel drive. Additionally, because it is partially-electric, the vehicle can generate a lot of torque, and that gives the Outlander PHEV a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.
Sounds pretty great so far, right? And to think the starting MSRP is only $35,535 (including the destination charge). Will Mitsubishi win over the North American auto market if it continues to produce gems like these? Tell us what you think about Mitsubishi’s PHEV on social media.