The 2018 Outlander PHEV is Officially Part of the Mitsubishi Lineup
Back when we heard the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was coming to the states, we laughed. It’s not like we haven’t been told that before. But this time its real. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV made it to America and has been added to the 2018 Mitsubishi lineup.
So what is the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV? “PHEV” stands for “plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.” A standard hybrid vehicle has an internal combustion engine (ICE) and a small battery. A plug-in hybrid or PHEV has an ICE and a large battery pack because the batteries can be charged and used independently of the ICE. This is what gives PHEVs a long driving range.
The Outlander PHEV is equipped with a 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine that can generate up to 117 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque. Built with a double overhead camshaft (DOHC) and Mitsubishi’s version of variable valve timing (VVT) technology, MIVEC, the engine has been optimized to work efficiently and perform at its best. Two electric motors make up the electric part of the powertrain, powered by rechargeable 12 kWh lithium-ion batteries. The motor in the front generates roughly 80 units of horsepower and 101 lb-ft of torque, and the rear motor generates another 80 horsepower and 143 lb-ft of torque. That’s a whole lot of torque from a battery!
As mentioned, the batteries can be charged and then used independently of the ICE. If consumers wish to drive on clean fuel, they can drive 22 miles on pure electricity, emission-free. When it comes time to charge back up, consumers can plug into a normal electrical outlet and charge up overnight. A Level 2 240V electric port recharges the battery in less than four hours, and with a CHAdeMO DC fast charger (available at public charging stations) the battery can be recharged in as little as 25 minutes. With a full tank of gas and fully charged battery pack, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gets a driving range of 310 miles.
No one wants to feel like they’re sacrificing the modern luxuries of a car for going green, and the Outlander PHEV capitalizes on that. Standard across the lineup, consumers will find leather upholstery, a leather trimmed door, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. When it comes to modern tech, out of the two trims, consumers will also find a 7-inch smartphone link display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth wireless technology, steering wheel-mounted audio, phone, and voice controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power remote liftgate, FAST-key passive entry, and much more.
Looking for more comfort and convenience? Listen to your favorite tunes in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT trim with a 9-speaker system by Rockford Fosgate. Keep an eye on your surroundings with the multi-view camera system, or enjoy the open air with a sunroof.
The starting MSRP for the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is $34,595*. Also keep in mind the tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles. The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV qualifies for a federal tax credit of up to $5,836.