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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review


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The Mitsubishi Outlander is a medium-sized crossover, constructed by Mitsubishi, the leading Japanese automaker. It was initially branded as the Mitsubishi Airtrek at the time of launch during 2001 in Japan, and it was derived from the concept of the ASX model, which was unveiled at the 2001 International Auto Show in North America. The concept of the Outlander PHEV initially made its debut during the 2009 calendar year. Since then, actually, there have not been any alterations made to the model in terms of its design. The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a highly expected model because of the adding up of its plug-in Hybrid alternative offering.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV front

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Redesign, Exterior

Ever since the introduction of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in 2009, the vehicle has not undergone any changes in its interior and exterior design, including in its engine section. As a result, Mitsubishi has taken much effort while redesigning the new Outlander PHEV to go with the modern trends. Accordingly, the automaker redesigns the front fascia of the vehicle by including some aesthetic changes. Hence, the front part of the vehicle comes with the same design cues of the earlier model, but it comes equipped with LED headlights, an attractively designed grille and bumper to offer it an attractive, luxurious and modern front look.

At the rear, the new Outlander PHEV adopts delicate cues from the off-road oriented model, the Pajero Sport. Most prominent of the aspects carried over from the Pajero model is the design of the tail lamps. Some of the other visible changes made to the new vehicle comprise the handlebar chrome border, placed just beneath the windshield that offers better visual identity to the sports utility vehicle.
The 2017 model comes with the external dimensions of 184.8″ (L) x 70.9″ (W) x 67.3″ (H) with the wheelbase length of 105.1 inches and the curb weight of 4,100 pounds (1864 kg).

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV side

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Interior

According to reliable company resources, the 2017 Outlander SUV does feature a slight downside. This disadvantage is the fact that the PHEV model of the Outlander features one less row of seating when compared to its conventional predecessor. This means that the 2017 model Outlander PHEV comes only with two rows of seats. This decrease of seating is because of the addition of the rear electric motor system as well as the inverters. Even through that, the cabin of the impending offering of the new Outlander PHEV remains a generous option. There is a sufficient amount of head and legroom for both the passengers and the driver. The inside design of the 2017 Outlander PHEV has been extensively reported to be a carbon reproduction of that of the earlier model.

Buyers would safely anticipate that the cabin of the new vehicle would be completely outfitted with the most recent safety features and automotive technologies systematically. Some of the safety features and connectivity features available with the new vehicle include:
 Forward collision alleviation with pedestrian-detection ability.
 Blind Spot scrutinizing with backcross traffic warning.
 Apple CarPlay support.
 Multi-view camera.
 Android Auto compatibility.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV interior

Engine

The internal-combustion tasks are handled by a four-cylinder petrol engine with the displacement of 2.0 liters that produces the maximum power of 119 ponies and the maximum torque of 140 lbs per foot. The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV engine will be combined with a one-velocity automatic transmission. This engine would offer its performance with the combination of two 80-HP electric motors powered by a durable 12-kWh lithium-ion 300-volt battery set.

The first motor will produce a maximum torque of 101 lbs per foot and it will offer the required power to the front wheels whereas the second motor will produce a maximum torque of 144 lbs per foot and it will offer the required power to the rear wheels. This combination accelerates the new Outlander PHEV to attain the speed of 62 mph from the start in 11 seconds and assists it to attain the maximum velocity of 106 mph. The combination also offers the new vehicle a maximum towing capacity of 1650 pounds (750 kg).

A specialized edition of the Super All-Wheel Control based on the Lancer Evolution is set especially for the twin electric motor system. Regenerative braking assists in replenishing the lithium-ion battery set. The new Outlander 2017 will be offered with three different drive modes, such as EV , which is a complete electric driving mode, series hybrid driving mode, which is the combination of electric power and generator operation, and parallel hybrid driving mode, which is the combination of the engine power and the electric motor support.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV rear

The 2017 model will be capable of covering a maximum distance of 32.5 miles solely on electric power, and with an adjoined electric and petrol driving range of more than 500 miles. Moreover, the new vehicle is also capable of expressly charging its battery when it is being driven because of the charge-restoring mode of the vehicle. Completely charging the battery would take 3.5 hours through the 16-amp, 240-volt service. A fast-charge time to 80 % can be achieved in 30 minutes.

Base price and the date of release

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV release date is expected to be late 2016. Regarding pricing, the new vehicle is estimated to be sold at a base price of $42,000.

See also: 2017 Tesla Model X, 2019 Audi Q6 Electric, 2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek Concept

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