Mitsubishi has revealed the 2019 model year Outlander PHEV, ahead of its global premiere at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show in March.
Compared to the outgoing model, the new Outlander PHEV has subtle design upgrades which includes reworked LED headlamps, rectangular front fog lamp bezels, new 18-inch alloy wheels, and a larger rear spoiler. Overall, the design upgrades gives it a sharper and more sophisticated look.
The interiors have been refined as well with new quilted leather upholstery, new hip-hugging front seats, revised switch gear, a new instrument panel, rear A/C outlets, and more.
The big change however, is under the hood, where a 2.4 Atkinson cycle petrol engine replaces the previous regular Otto cycle 2.0. Mitsubishi claims that it allows for higher torque, smoother operation, and overall higher efficiency.
Also, the generator output is up by 10%, rear motor output up by 10%, drive battery capacity up by 15%, and the drive battery output up by 10%.
The Normal and 4WD Lock modes of previous models are joined by two additional driving modes. The Sport mode is meant to give the driver more direct control for greater driving enjoyment on winding roads, while the Snow mode is for greater confidence on snow-covered or slippery surfaces.
The front and rear electric motors will draw power from a 13.8 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack (up from 12 kWh).
The SUV measures 4,695 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width and 1,710 mm in height. Wheelbase measures 2,670 mm. More details are expected at the global premiere in Geneva.
Mitsubishi claims that the Outlander PHEV has been Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and has sold more than 100,000 units in Europe so far. It has clocked a cumulative sales of over 140,000 units worldwide.
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