New face and spec for 2016 Outlander PHEV

New face and spec for 2016 Outlander PHEV

Outlander_PHEV_0299_hiresThe Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) now mirrors its petrol and turbodiesel siblings for the 2016 model year by gaining the same new dynamic shield styling as well as some specification changes.

Globally more than 60,000 Outlander PHEVs are now on the road. Mitsubishi Japan says that come 2020 every fifth car it builds will be a PHEV or a pure electric car.

The 2016 Outlander PHEV models feature energy-saving LED headlamps, daytime running lamps and tail lights, and 18-inch machine finished alloys.

Soft-feel leather seats are in the top-line VRX and front seat heating in both this model and the entry-level XLS.
Two new colours called ruby black and rose red join the current palette of titanium silver and Cardrona white.

Mitsubishi’s engineers have installed 20% bigger rear shocks and further stiffening the body to achieve better ride and greater comfort.

It says it has also endeavoured to make the car even quieter, with no fewer than 37 noise, vibration and harshness improvements, from thicker door glass to further damping the battery pack.

The Outlander PHEV has two 60kW electric motors, each drive one axle, and a 2-litre petrol engine automatically adds motive power if required, or generates electricity to recharge the batteries.

The electric motors’ 332 Newton metres of torque have positioned the PHEV as the performance car of the Outlander range but Mitsubishi says its potential economy is now 1.8L/100km in the 2016 model.

According to Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook the 50 km range of pure electric power is more than enough for the average daily commute of 38km.

“Range anxiety is a thing of the past: the 2-litre petrol engine is constantly ready to generate electricity or add extra power when it’s needed, with no intervention from the driver,” says Cook.

Harvesting electrical energy through regenerative braking is a big feature of the PHEV: now, additional dash-mounted displays help the driver keep track of this recycled energy in real time.

Meanwhile, braking is further improved by the addition of 2-pot front brake callipers.

Recharging at home or at work to make cost-effective use of mains electricity is part of a PHEV owner’s life. Now the car’s Smartphone app lets people go some steps further.

For example, from a phone a driver can put the batteries on charge at the most cost-effective time of day, or end a charging session, or set the charging regime to fit their lifestyle. The same can be done with the car’s air conditioning, for example, remotely warming the car on a cold morning. Or pop on the headlights when the car’s sitting on the distant edge of the car park. Or remotely monitor the car’s alarm system.

For 2016 VRX driver benefits from all-around visual monitoring of what, or who, is nearby: cameras feed into the high-definition dashboard screen a view in any of four directions, or even all at once to provide a bird’s eye panorama.

An innovation to help keep drivers out of harm’s way is the new mis- acceleration prevention system. While manoeuvring forwards or backwards, should the driver accidentally stomp on the gas pedal instead of the brake a device senses if there’s something in the way and instantly disables the throttle.

Recommended retail prices for the 2016 Outlander PHEV are as follows:

  • XLS $59,990 plus on-road costs
  • VRX $66,990 plus on-road costs
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