What will be the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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Contrary to the established fashion, Mitsubishi makes the hybrid version of the Outlander crossover almost indistinguishable from the gasoline and diesel versions. This is good for those who do not want to be faced with unnecessary novelty when moving to a greener vehicle. This approach was professed in the previous generation, and, as it has now become known, it has been preserved for the new one. The Japanese auto giant presented ICE variants of the fourth generation of Outlander in February, and the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will be shown to the public live on October 28, according to an official press release.

Or rather, on this day, a world online presentation will take place, at which, in addition to the exact date of the start of sales, they will also tell the characteristics of the model. They are not yet known, it is only assumed that the fourth generation hybrid will be a little better in everything than its predecessor, which can still be purchased in some countries. But to the press release, Mitsubishi’s PR specialists have attached «live» photos of the novelty, according to which one can draw the first conclusions about the differences from the petrol and diesel versions.

What catches the eye right away is the almost complete absence of external signs of «hybridity». It differs from the version with an internal combustion engine PHEV only in a couple of small nameplates (on the sides and rear) and a second hatch on the left, under which the charging port is hidden. The salon is identical to that of the «classic» Outlander of the fourth generation, only the dashboard is slightly different — a scale with the battery charge level has been added to it.

Apparently, the most noticeable external sign of the electrified Outlander will be the black roof. The rest of the exterior does not give out an «ecological» filling in any way, unless, of course, you memorize all ten PHEV color options — they will be unique, but slightly differ from the internal combustion engine versions. The wheels of the hybrid are the same as those of the top trim levels with gasoline and diesel engines: two-tone, 20-inch diameter.

As you know, the basic configuration of the Outlander is now three-row, that is, the model has finally become a «family» model. Similarly, the performance of the interior and plug-in hybrid. Among the unique variants of the PHEV version, a variant is expected from Mitsubishi’s sports division — Ralliart. It is likely that such a «charged» crossover, in addition to changes in technical characteristics and design, will also receive the cult «surname» Evolution. Brand fans haven’t seen her on new models since the end of production.

In terms of technical equipment, PHEV will differ from ICE variants not only in transmission and power plant. He will also receive more advanced driver assistance systems. For example, the intelligent traction distribution Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC), in addition to the front wheels, learns to brake the rear wheels.

There are still two weeks until October 28, so until the company announces the exact specs of the revamped PHEV, it remains anyone’s guess. Presumably, the model will retain the concept of its predecessor — a serial or parallel hybrid, depending on the driving mode. At speeds up to 100-120 kilometers per hour and when driving without sharp acceleration, the car drives only with two electric motors (one for each axle), the battery is recharged from the mains or an internal combustion engine disconnected from the transmission. And when the driver needs maximum power, the internal combustion engine is connected to the front axle through a continuously variable gearbox and «helps» the electric motor.

In the fourth generation, the battery capacity should increase (from the current 12 kilowatt-hours), and the power of the electric motors should increase (now — 60 kilowatts each, they differ only in torque). Sales in the Japanese market are expected to begin by the end of the year, and in the US by the end of the first half of 2022. In Russia, most likely, the Outlander PHEV will not appear, the third generation of the hybrid was not in demand here.

Photos are taken from open sources.

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