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MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV: First Glance

Posted on: February 14, 2017


Source: http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/en/showroom/phev/ Photo source: Source: http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/en/showroom/phev/
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - This past few months, we saw a steady increase of fuel prices. Mitsubishi saw it coming when they introduced the Outlander PHEV in the 6th Philippine International Motor Show as one of the main highlights. As what it names suggest, this Outlander is a Plug-in-Hybrid Electric Vehicle, hence, the PHEV acronym. Also, it serves as the introduction of the 3rd generation Outlander in the country after being introduced worldwide in 2013.

We are here to see and dissect every important details that may affect car buyers that look into something different, fresh and innovative at the same time might as well contribute to the sustainability of our environment.From the outside, the 3rd generation Outlander features what Mitsubishi calls Design Shield that was also applied to the All-New Montero Sports. It is basically Mitsubishi’s new design language that features a striking front end with lots of chrome accents and sharp edges. From the front, the design language becomes simpler with smooth flowing lines until the back end where the rear will be easily recognized as a Mitsubishi. The high stance means it can still do some rough road action but the design of the Outlander is more suitable in the city and open highway roads.

Entering the Outlander PHEV, you will be greeted with a rather black interior with silver accents. Everything looks normal and in typical Mitsubishi fashion minus the futuristic gear knob and driver appointments where the usual speedometer and tachometer is replaced with a digital reading and a meter that indicates if you are using too much power or saving the environment. All 5 seats are covered with black leather for maximum comfort.

Opening the rear tailgate, you will be surprised with the space offered thanks to the purposeful shape of the body that maximizes usable space inside.The main highlight of the introduction of the Outlander PHEV is its drivetrain. This vehicle can be powered by charging it through the mains for 5-6.5 hours for a full charge.

If ever you consume the 52 kilometer range and run out of battery in the middle of the road, there is the venerable 4B11 2.0 liter gas engine from other the Lancer and ASX that acts like a generator to charge up the batteries. Though the engine only puts out 119 horse power, its full power is achieved at 4500rpm only.

Don’t worry because there are two electric motors that puts out 81 horse power each installed in the front and rear axles that makes the Outlander an all-wheel drive car. With a combined output of 245 pound-foot of torque from zero rpm, the Outlander PHEV will sprint from 0 to 100 kph in just 11 seconds despite the hefty 1.8 ton weight.

Theoretically, this hybrid can achieve a maximum of 62.9 kilometers per liter which is a great feature for everyone. Handling wise, it is expected to carve the road just like any other SUV out there but with the addition of the batteries stuck underneath the floor, it may contribute to an overall lower center of gravity that negates the typical SUV handling.One of the reasons why hybrid vehicles like this never became a hit in our country is because of the high cost.

Unlike in other countries, the Philippines tax hybrid vehicles with the same tax as luxury cars instead of giving incentives to those who will acquire hybrid vehicles. The Outlander PHEV is a promising vehicle, just like any other hybrid in its class. The future is still bright nonetheless. If you are looking for a car that can contribute to the sustainability of our environment, then look no further. The steep price might be off, but the impact it may give is priceless.

Written by: J.I. Alvarez

Source: http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/en/showroom/phev/ photo Photo source: Source: http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/en/showroom/phev/
Source: http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/en/showroom/phev/ photo Photo source: Source: http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/en/showroom/phev/

 

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