For the most part, you don’t think of a plug-in hybrid as being a vehicle that is larger, offers you more space, and gives you the capacity and capability you need for a family. While we’ve already seen a minivan model that allows us to have the benefits of plug-in EV capability, we don’t often see this function in an SUV. That’s about to change as one model will make its way to the market in the US over the next few months to give us a vehicle that will become the right choice for us on our roads with the range we’re looking for.
The newest version of the Mitsubishi Outlander is the PHEV model which has become the best-selling PHEV in Europe and is the first plug-in crossover in the world. This vehicle will make its way to the US market in the upcoming months and is expected to go on sale in December for us to admire and enjoy what this impressive SUV has to offer. If you love driving a hybrid, especially a plug-in model, you’ll be ready to make this the right choice for you when you see it at the Mitsubishi dealers later this year.
What is this new SUV?
Under the hood of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, you’ll find a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors. This vehicle also brings us the benefit of the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system which will make it the only plug-in crossover that comes with AWD in this class. This package for the Outlander will come at a reasonable price and offers a total system output of 195 horsepower to make the power you’re looking for. This impressive model could be the right one for you to have the drive you want and the efficiency you need for the ride.
The electricity for the two motors comes from a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that has been developed just for this system. This makes it a bit different from most of the other PHEV models we’ve seen on the market which are often powered by systems that are made to be shared across the lineup to make it possible to offer a PHEV model for every different vehicle. This particular system is encased in a dust and waterproof case which is located below the floor to make sure it’s not taking up any of the passenger area.
In addition to this PHEV system, this new Mitsubishi has the ability to tow as much as 1,500 pounds and offers you the safety you want of blind spot warnings, rear cross traffic alerts, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warnings, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, a multi-view camera system and the Wi-Fi EV remote. If you’ve been waiting for a PHEV model to be offered in the SUV category, you’ll be ready to take a good look at this SUV when it arrives on the market in the next few months so that you can have the efficiency and the capability you need in an SUV that can do it all.