Monday, December 23, 2013

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review for 2014

Due in April, the Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is a pointer to Mitsubishi’s design and engineering future. Australia’s first plug-in SUV will be powered by two 60kW electric motors at the front and rear and an 87kW 2.0-litre petrol engine that can act as a generator in ‘series’ mode or drive the wheels in ‘parallel’ mode at higher highway speeds.
The Outlander PHEV sits 30mm lower than the standard car and its battery pack is located on the boot floor for a lower centre of gravity and – as we discovered when driving the car in Japan earlier this year – decent dynamics. The Outlander PHEV is able to run on electricity alone for 60km and up to 120km/h in that mode. With a full battery and fuel tank, it claims an 897km range. Prices are expected to start at around $50,000 for the entry-level variant and will likely approach $60,000 for the top-spec models.