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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: Stealthy Plug-in Due for a Power Boost

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - Image: Mitsubishi

In contrast to the advert marketing campaign you’ve little question seen for the brand new Eclipse Cross crossover, Mitsubishi’s lengthy-awaited Outlander PHEV plug-in arrived on North American shores with little fanfare. Outlander PHEV gross sales quietly kicked off in January, years after its abroad debut.

Regardless that it’s simply arrived, information from the Geneva Motor Present tells us there’s modifications afoot for Mitsubishi’s sole inexperienced mannequin. Extra grunt is on the best way.

The large information is the mannequin’s powertrain, which swaps its 2.zero-liter inline-4 engine for an Atkinson-cycle 2.four-liter. With out giving actual specifications, Mitsubishi promised additional torque from the upgraded mill (present output sits at 137 lb-ft), together with the secondary advantage of elevated fuel financial system.

Electrical elements additionally see an improve. The 12 kWh lithium-ion battery grows to thirteen.eight kWh, which the rear motor’s output (at present eighty horsepower and one hundred forty four lb-ft) grows by 10 %. Output for the entrance motor stays the identical, at eighty hp and a hundred and one lb-ft. With a bigger properly of electrons to attract from and a beefed-up rear motor, acceleration in EV mode ought to see a delicate enchancment. Vary may improve from the prevailing 22 miles, although Mitsubishi’s retaining that information beneath its hat.

Different modifications embrace out there trim add-ons, further rear HVAC vents, and a revamped instrument panel. To offer the mannequin a shot of enjoyable and assist it higher deal with the white stuff, Mitsubishi has added Snow and Sport settings to the vehicle’s drive modes.

European gross sales begin this fall, however the automaker didn’t point out dates for a North American debut.

Over the primary two months of 2018, some 623 Outlander PHEVs discovered American houses. In distinction, the PHEV’s fuel-solely sibling posted its best U.S. gross sales month up to now final month, with 5,290 deliveries. February gross sales amounted to a forty four.three-% yr-over-yr improve.

[Supply: Autocar] [Image: Mitsubishi Motors]

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