2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Performance and Efficiency
Originally scheduled to hit the United States market in 2014, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been the victim of delay after delay. This time around, the release date has been shifted back to summer 2017. Fortunately the hybrid vehicle is already available in Europe, giving us plenty of room to estimate and speculate on its true power and efficiency.
The new MitsubishiOutlander PHEV features a 2.0-liter gas-powered four-cylinder engine that’s paired with two high-performance electric motors. The engine and one of the electric motors is located at the front of the car while the second electric motor independently powers the rear wheels. The end result is an incredibly efficient Superb All-Wheel Control system.
As for power, the engine and electric motors should combine for around 120 hp if the European model offers any indication. On electricity alone, the Outlander PHEV features a 32-mile range.
Come summer 2017, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will launch with three driving modes. The first, series hybrid, uses electric power and generator operation. The second, EV, is the full-electric mode that will reach up to 32 miles. The third and final driving mode is the parallel hybrid that uses the engine as a primary power source with the electric motors providing increased fuel economy.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the first SUV of its kind and is estimated to feature a starting price around $33,000.