For 2022, Mitsubishi unveiled an entirely new Outlander, and now the plug-in hybrid version is coming. A new Plug-in hybrid engine with increased output, battery capacity, and driving range has been added to the most updated Outlander.
The most significant improvement comes from a battery with a 20 kWh capacity, which is 45 percent more than the previous version’s 13.8 kWh system. The new battery pack is a whopping 20 kWh, which is a 45 percent increase over the pack in the previous generation.
It also has a fuel-efficient four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine that dispenses 2.4 litres of displacement. The company hasn’t revealed official range information, it should be much greater than the 39 km advertised for the outgoing model.
In order to make the vehicle all-wheel-drive, new electric motors are installed on both axles. With a combined 40% increase in production, you may send up to 54% of the engine’s thrust to the vehicle’s rear wheels.
Both the front and rear increase in power, the former from 80 to 114 horsepower and the latter from 90 to 134. The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is the first of its kind to provide a third-row seat, thanks to a novel integrated motor control unit on the rear axle that requires less room. According to Mitsubishi, the technology further improves upon the responsiveness of all-wheel drive by directing power to the wheels that require it considerably more quickly than a standard AWD system.
Mitisbishi claims that the new Plug-in Hybrid technology in the 2023 Outlander will provide “more power, more acceleration, greater EV range, and greater total range.” However, it is important to keep in mind that an increase of 0.1 percent is still considered an increase and that the new technology also provides a smoother, more responsive, and quieter drive, with sharper acceleration.
This new Plug-in Hybrid Outlander is, in all respects, as plush as the conventional Outlander. The Hybrid model will be the first to have massaging seats and two-tone exterior trim. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wired Android Auto is provided for the 9.0-inch display. Standard features include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with different configurations for displaying PHEV power and battery information.
In order to achieve optimal weight distribution, the new drive battery is mounted low in the chassis, between the wheels. The 2.4-liter combustion engine will operate on the Atkinson cycle. There are seven different modes of operation available, including Normal, Tarmac, Gravel, Snow, Mud, Power, and Eco, in addition to the Super-All-Wheel-Control.
Mitsubishi’s highway driving assistance system, Mi-Pilot Assist, is standard equipment. It combines adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping functions. For road bends and junctions, it uses the car’s navigation system to make the necessary speed adjustments.
More information will be released at a later time, but the top grade will have massaging seats and a two-tone roof.
Starting in October, Mitsubishi will begin producing the 2023 Outlander PHEV, with arrival at dealerships anticipated for the following month, in November. Price changes, expanded availability, and new capabilities are all in the works for the next fall release.
Do you believe the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be worth a test drive or consideration, or will the competition overtake it?