Plug-in hybrid SUVs have become all the rage in recent years with luxury automakers bringing out their premium models one after another. Unfortunately, nearly all of those SUVs, like the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, are well out of the price range of the average consumer. Enter the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid.
Starting well under the price of those premium models, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV brings quality and efficiency at an affordable price. Not only does it have a much lower starting price, it’s also eligible for a hefty federal tax credit, plus whatever your state may offer.
Now that we’ve covered just how affordable the new Outlander PHEV is, let’s talk specifications.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV features two full-time electric motors paired with a four-cylinder gasoline engine. A 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack stores the system’s power. The vehicle recharges using regenerative braking technology, and owners can plug it in at home for overnight charging.
In addition to generating around 197 horsepower, the hybrid powertrain features six regenerative braking modes, an electric-only mode, and Battery Save mode.
Designed for the average driver, the Outlander PHEV brings a standard seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, and much more.
For a few years now, Mitsubishi has been marketing a plug-in hybrid EV version of its popular Outlander family in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, but the variant never made its debut on North American soil. However, following the introduction of the Outlander’s next generation sometime after 2017, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will finally be available in the US.
The decision accompanies Mitsubishi Motors’ announcement that the company has reevaluated its plans and has chosen to more aggressively target the SUV segment. The current generation of the Outlander PHEV could arrive in the US as early as next May. In addition, the automaker expects to have released three new SUVs to the lineup by 2020, including a new unnamed crossover, the next installment of the Outlander, and a new Outlander Sport. Mitsubishi says all three vehicles will offer optional hybrid powertrains, in addition to the traditional gas setup.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been around for four years now, but the company is just now bringing the plug-in hybrid model to the American market. However, the decision makes sense now that Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. has turned their sights on the SUV market in an attempt to focus on their strengths.
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Rumor has it that Mitsubishi has plans to create a brand new high performance hybrid CUV that will draw heavily from the XR-PHEV II Concept revealed at the Geneva Motor Show – and will be the “king of electric vehicles,” according to Tetsuro Aikawa, Mitsubishi president.
“In the future, we would like to launch such a vehicle with Evo characteristics. In Japanese, when you pronounce ‘Oh’ [in Evo], it means ‘king,’” explained the Mitsubishi president. “So we would like to launch this type of car, featuring EV and PHEV technology, which is the ultimate of its kind. ‘EV’ for electric vehicle, ‘O’ for king – Evo.”
The Mitsubishi EVO successor will allegedly contain a performance oriented gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid four-wheel-drive powertrain mounted to a lighter and faster CUV body based on the next-generation ASX crossover and imbued with technology from the Mitsubishi Pikes Peak racing program.
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