New face, new tech, but still as green as ever.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid has arrived in showrooms today, retaining the same two-tier model range as before, packing more tech and convenience for only slightly increased cost. Prices now start at $50,490 for the Outlander PHEV LS, climbing to $55,490 for the top-spec Outlander PHEV Exceed.
The massively-popular Outlander PHEV has taken on the ‘Dynamic Shield’ face that the regular Outlander introduced to us, with a bold front end featuring lots of chrome. “The Outlander PHEV was developed from the ground up to be driven by either an internal combustion engine or hybrid technology. As a result, there are no compromises in terms of packaging, practicality, or driving dynamics,” says Mitsubishi Australia.
The Outlander PHEV sees a raft of upgrades for the new model year. There’s a new ‘EV Priority Mode’ available as standard, which sees the fitment of a switch next to the 4WD button in the centre console, allowing the big Mitsubishi to be driven exclusively by the petrol engine (until the charge is depleted, of course). The cabin itself sees revisions too, with a new steering wheel, upgraded trim, new seats with an improved design, premium finishing where you can see it, and overall uprated materials employed where you can feel it.
Mitsubishi has done its best to provide a plusher cabin experience with the new Outlander PHEV. The company is claiming reduced NVH levels with increased insulation and sound deadening materials, while the liberal use of soft-touch materials around the interior help uplift the ambiance noticeably. There’s highlight stitching even, around the instrument panel and the centre armrest.
The driving experience has been improved too, with a sharpened throttle to improve off-the-line responsiveness. The chassis has been made more rigid too, with tuned suspension and recalibrate steering to give the green Outlander more agility behind the wheel. Mitsubishi says that the Outlander PHEV is good for 120kW from both powerplants, with the new car somehow managing to improve the fuel economy of the outgoing car, with a claimed 1.7L/100km figure (down 0.2L/100km from the last car).
All Outlander PHEVs get a full five-stars from ANCAP, and they’re supported by Mitsubishi’s five-year/100,000km warranty. Keeping the Outlander PHEV in good nick shouldn’t be costly either, with a four-year capped price servicing plan, with trips to the dealer spaced out every 15,000kms or 12-months (whichever comes first).