The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Receives a 5-star Safety Rating from the Latin NCAP

November 17th, 2023 by


After Mitsubishi Motors joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance to form the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the automotive group announced its mid-term plans for Alliance 2022 in 2020 to set up Mitsubishi for future success. This was supposed to start with a new model the Japanese automaker would release, primarily a battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Aside from the Mitsubishi Colt, a rebadged Renault Clio, the automaker hasn’t made any progress. After investing in the new BEV Ampere facility, there is talk of the new BEV for Mitsubishi to come soon, but until then, the automaker is happy riding the coattails of the Outlander PHEV. With all the awards it wins, it makes sense. Not only this, but the Outlander PHEV also rates well in safety, earning a TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) rating for its safety from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and recently earning a 5-star safety rating from the Latin New Car Assessment Programme (Latin NCAP).

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV does in fact have a lot going for it, especially in terms of safety. For the 2023 model year, the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) came with a number of advanced safety features, including forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning plus, and more. One of the most intriguing is MI-PILOT Assist, a level 3 autonomous system that controls acceleration, brakes, and steering for the driver when driving long distances on highways and in stop-and-go traffic for a safer and more enjoyable drive. All Mitsubishi Motors models are also built with Mitsubishi’s signature RISE body construction, and this may have played a part in its 5-star safety rating from the Latin NCAP.

Launched in 2010, the Latin NCAP has developed a regional system of independent crashworthiness and safety rating across Latin America and Caribbean (LAC). The Latin NCAP replicates similar consumer testing programs developed over the last thirty years in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Thus, like the IIHS, the Latin NCAP takes new car models and puts them through several tests to measure how well they handle an auto incident and how well they protect the driver and passengers inside. Since 2010, the Latin NCAP has published the results of more than 150 models, and the Outlander PHEV is one of the most recent.

The Latin NCAP tests models based on tests for frontal impact, side impact, side pole impact, whiplash, pedestrian protection, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) city and interurban, Blind Spot Detection, and ESC. How well a vehicle can maneuver to avoid or mitigate auto incidents is also taken into account. Although the Outlander PHEV lacked a little in protection for child occupants, possibly due to a different layout due to the large battery, the rest of the tests went well. Throughout all of the testing, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV achieved 87.11-percent in Adult Occupant, 91.33-percent in Child Occupant, 54.71-percent in Pedestrian Protection and Vulnerable Road Users, and 84.17-percent in Safety Assist. These high ratings led to the plug-in hybrid SUV earning a 5-star safety rating.

We’re still waiting on a new BEV from Mitsubishi, but until then, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a great choice. Want to find a safe SUV to drive and go a little green? Find your new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at University Mitsubishi.

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