Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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Jul 13th, 2021

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is an improvement over its predecessor in almost every department. Though the Outlander has typically been described as small, the latest iteration is towards the larger end of its segment. The standard three-row seating is evidence of this, considering it is not typical, but the rear space is only possible for child-sized occupants. 

Mitsubishi also enhanced the roster of attributes for the Mitsubishi Outlander while endowing it with athletic driving capability. The interior has gotten significant improvements with better material quality, new connectivity features, and additional driver assistance technology. The plug-in hybrid models are the focus for this iteration.

Powertrain and Fuel Economy of the 2022 Outlander

Every 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will have a 2.5-litre four-cylinder unit capable of 135 kW, an increase of 11 kW over the previous 2.4-litre engine. It will also be linked to a continuous variable transmission with selectable drive modes and paddle shifters. The brand claims it will be the first time that it has initiated an electronic automatic. 

Mitsubishi Outlander Australia will utilise the same hybrid and driving modes such as Normal, Eco, Tarmac (Sport), Snow and Mud, and Gravel. Mitsubishi will outfit the model with Brake Active Yaw Control, a brake-induced torque vectoring system to improve its handling.

More Fuel-Efficient Mitsubishi Outlander 

When it comes to fuel economy, the Mitsubishi Outlander will probably return an estimate of 9 litres per 100 kilometres. While not an impressive figure for the 2.4-litre engine, it is an improvement from the current fuel consumption of 7.2L/100km. 

Sportier Suspension & Quicker Steering

The standard models of the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV will be front-wheel drive with the Super All-Wheel Control optional across the board for an extra cost. The powertrain is responsive when in everyday driving situations, as the aluminium wheels and suspension provide a rather sporty feel. 

The steering seems quicker than the previous iteration, and the crossover takes on speed humps without slowing down.

Comfort and Infotainment

The Mitsubishi Outlander has seating for seven, and they are supportive both in the front and rear. Power lumbar support is there for the driver, even in the GSR. Each model carries an eight-way power driver's seat with a new four-way power passenger seat on the higher levels. Similarly, buyers can expect a leather-wrapped steering wheel with available heating options as well.

Upscale Interior with Utilitarian Compartments

What’s more, there will be device pockets and sewn into the back of each front seating in the same way as Skoda and Subaru models. The third row is highly anticipated considering it is a small crossover; however, it will be quite cramped for adults. 

The main interior theme, though, would be the upscale nature of the redesigned cabin. Soft-touch materials are available in the right places, including the electronic shifter, the dash, and the door pulls. The seat surfaces are also covered in diamond-stitched semi-aniline leather, and the pillars and headliner are black.

Enhanced Audio, Display, and Connectivity

The infotainment settings of the new Mitsubishi Outlander offer an 8.0 or 9.0-inch touchscreen, depending on the level of the trim. It will come available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and charging ports at the back of the centre console. The other great infotainment attributes include a ten-speaker Bose audio system, wireless device charging, and access to the Mitsubishi Connect application for remote services.

Industry-Leading Safety Features

When it comes to safety, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a host of top-notch attributes. These SUVs have autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring. The cabin has seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag. The Outlander also incorporates adaptive cruise control and a semi-autonomous drive mode, which enables the driver to follow a car in front at a decent speed without taking steering control of the vehicle. 

Unbelievable Standard & Extended 10-Year Warranty

Mitsubishi has also announced its incredible new standard and extended warranties. Though it will not give complimentary maintenance, the usual protection plans will be similar to Kia and Hyundai. In this case, the Standard Warranty will cover five years or 100,000 km, while the Extended New Car Warranty will be up to 10 years or 200,000 km, whichever comes first and subject to servicing requirements.

What’s the Difference between Outlander PHEV Exceed Vs Outlander PHEV GSR

The PHEV Exceed and GSR are two of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV trims, distinguished from each other mainly by their added features and pricing. The exterior dimensions remain the same, apart from minor accents such as the grille. The engine specifications of 2.5 litre four-cylinder unit will also be similar, and both will have a hybrid battery pack to boost the petrol driving range. 

The battery pack is connected to two electric motors – one at the front and another on the rear. Mitsubishi indicates that the combined figures will be 157 kW so that the user will get 54 km of pure electric driving. 

Notably, the Outlander PHEV GSR has emphasised the suspension with the Bilstein Premium Suspension and the black accents. The default GSR went for black in its grille, mirrors, 18-inch allow wheels, and roofing, while the PHEV Exceed did grey for all of these options.

However, the PHEV Exceed focused on the leather seat facing, electric sunroof, tailgate, and front parking sensors. Other interior and safety packages were not infused into the GSR, like ultrasonic miss-acceleration mitigation systems, lane change assist, and blind-spot warning. The Exceed even includes an EV Remote smartphone app and Multi Around Monitor.

The Exceed is the top-of-the-range trim, while the GSR represents the more Spartan model. The GSR’s suspension specs will tell you that it is meant more for off-road driving, while the Outlander PHEV Exceed is tailored for suburbia. The additional infotainment and safety settings on the latter make it more a candidate for luxury than endurance.

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