There’s no stopping to Mitsubishi when it comes to improving efficiency in hybrid vehicles. This is because the Japanese automakers have already listed out 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid plans.
As the crossover and SUV segment are already booming, Mitsubishi is adding more interest by improving hybrid technology. So, the new Outlander PHEV is certainly pushing the boundaries of SUV efficiency.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Exterior Styling
The exterior styling of 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid will remain pretty much the same as that of the existing model. What’s likely to be changed is the front fascia seeing the bumper and grille bring redesigned a little.
The new look will certainly involve the use of chrome styling both in the front and rear. Its rear fascia is getting refreshed as well. The rear overhang and bumper will integrate stop light. Tailgate and taillights are likely to remain unchanged.
Interior & Safety
As luxurious as the standard Mitsubishi Outlander already is, this upcoming PHEV is sporting the same cabin with some new additions in technological features. This would include a more driver-centric gauge cluster with multi-functioning TFT display.
The center console is sporting a new look with revised infotainment system. The steering wheel is also to be reworked with new arrangement of controls. The dashboard and door panels will get wood trim embellishments while the steering wheel, gauge cluster and center console will get chrome trims.
As to safety, standard technologies will include:
- Multi-stage airbags
- Blind Spot Warning
- Electronic Vehicle Stability Control
- Lane Keeping Aid
- Tire Pressure Monitoring
- Adaptive Cruise Control
Power in this new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid is to be produced by a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine and 2 electric motors. With some tuning, this engine should be able to churn out more than 120 HP and 140 lb-ft torque.
As to the motors, a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery will be used which will supply 300V. The twin motor framework will also integrate regenerative braking for restoring energy to the battery.
These motors will power the front wheel with a torque of more than 144 lb-ft. Smooth transition in shifting is to be done by a 7 speed automatic transmission system.
This new Outlander PHEV is also expected to run almost 32.5 miles on all electric drive. Therefore the fuel economy can go as 38 mpg city, 36 mpg highways and 40 mpg combined.
The brawny outputs also suggest that this SUV will complete the 0 to 62 mph sprint in less than 11 seconds. Its top speed will be limited to 106 mph and towing capacity might reach up to 1,650 (750 kg).
Price and Release Date
This new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid is likely to be priced around $42,000 or more. Also, the dealerships might see this new model around the 1st half of 2018.