Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: Charging towards an attainable EV future
21st Mar, 2014
The new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV - is set to forge a new, hip-pocket friendly path for sustainable motoring when it goes on sale in Australia on 31 March 2014.
Paving the way for a new generation of Mitsubishi products with advanced, highly fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid systems, the new Outlander PHEV is the world’s first no compromise electric vehicle.
With its spacious five seat interior, SUV practicality, 1,500kg braked towing capacity, four-wheel drive capability and starting price of just $47,490 recommended retail, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV heralds a new era of affordable, mainstream electric cars.
The Outlander PHEV – which stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle – boasts combined fuel efficiency of just 1.9-litres per 100 kilometres* – the lowest official ADR fuel consumption figure of any SUV sold in Australia. PHEV’s CO2 emissions are also super low at 44 gm/km.
Outlander PHEV achieves this high level of efficiency through a sophisticated plug-in hybrid system that combines a 2.0-litre internal combustion petrol engine, generator, power and motor control units, high capacity lithium-ion drive battery and front and rear electric motors.
PHEV’s official electric range is 52km** from a fully charged battery. The battery range is further supplemented by the plug-in hybrid system, which automatically operates in Series and Parallel modes to significantly extend the cruising range – depending on driving and road conditions – once the drive battery charge reaches low levels.
PHEV is also inexpensive and simple to recharge. Using a dedicated 15amp power outlet and based on an electricity supply rate of 30 cents per kilowatt hour, it would cost approximately $3.60 and take up to five hours to fully recharge a PHEV drive battery.
The PHEV has three different modes of operation – EV Drive Mode, Series and Parallel modes. EV Mode refers to PHEV’s all-electric operation where the wheels are driven by the front and rear electric motors using only drive battery power.
In PHEV’s two hybrid modes – Series and Parallel – the 2.0-litre petrol engine is activated to increase power to either the drive battery or directly to the wheels, depending on driving conditions.
PHEV’s electric range can also be maximised through the use of regenerative braking. Mitsubishi has designed PHEV with six regenerative braking settings, which the driver can select using the steering wheel paddles. And when the drive battery is depleted, PHEV can be switched to Battery Charge Mode which uses the petrol engine to generate and store battery power when the vehicle is stationary or driving. Alternatively, Battery Save Mode can be activated to maintain battery charge while driving.
Outlander PHEV Model Line-Up
Mitsubishi launches Outlander PHEV with a model line-up that’s designed to place plug-in hybrid technology firmly within the reach of mainstream SUV buyers. It will be available in two variants – the entry-level PHEV and top-of-the-range Aspire.
Available for $47,490 recommended retail, the PHEV is equipped with standard features including 18-inch machine faced alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, satellite navigation with 3D mapping, 7-inch colour touch screen, hands free Bluetooth® with steering wheel controls and voice control, smart key operation, dual zone climate control, dusk sensing HID headlights, reversing camera and rear parking sensors.
At $52,490, the PHEV Aspire gains a full array of luxury and technology appointments such as leather interior trim with heated front seats, 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, electric sliding sunroof, power tailgate with remote operation, chrome detailing, Forward Collision Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control and Wi-Fi based EV remote system via a smart phone App.
Mitsubishi Motors Australia Executive Director of Marketing Tony Principe said the plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV is the perfect no compromise package to re-introduce Australians to electric vehicle technology.
“Mitsubishi has a long-standing reputation for pioneering durable, go-anywhere, family-friendly four-wheel drives and SUVs that have been embraced by everyday Australians, and the Outlander PHEV upholds this 30-year tradition” he said.
“Outlander PHEV introduces a new era for Mitsubishi SUVs. It’s clever, seamless PHEV plug-in hybrid system is a window into our company’s future and the first example of a new generation of SUVs Mitsubishi will roll out globally in the next few years.
“The beauty of Outlander PHEV is that it’s a no compromise electric vehicle – it costs as little as $3.60 for an overnight recharge. It’s versatile, well-equipped and robust enough to tackle most of Australia’s rough roads, all while helping owners to spend less money on fuel and reduce their environmental impact.
“It’s no secret that Australians love SUVs and the PHEV, with its 52-kilometre EV range, seamless operation, official 1.9-litre/100km ADR fuel consumption and sub-$50,000 starting price, will challenge Australian car buyers to re-consider the value of sustainable motoring.
“For the first time, Australia has an affordable, practical electric vehicle solution with genuine appeal for the mainstream car buyer.”
The new Outlander PHEV adopts the same bold, eye-catching exterior styling as the recently updated Outlander range. Cosmetic updates including Mitsubishi’s new blade-style grille, 18” alloy wheels, silver roof rails, new front and rear bumper design, chrome foglamp bezels and black wheel arch garnish give the new 14.5 Outlander and PHEV a muscular, purposeful on-road presence.
Technical image LED projector rear tail lamps are unique to PHEV, while chrome exterior door handles and belt line mouldings distinguish PHEV Aspire from PHEV.
PHEV’s SUV practicality is uncompromised. It carries up to five passengers in comfort and retains all of the ergonomic and packaging flexibility of a regular Outlander. Bootspace is virtually unchanged at 463L, with the under floor position of the lithium-ion battery pack resulting in only a minor difference in cargo capacity.
The Outlander PHEV’s drive battery can be recharged using a dedicated 240V 15 AMP power outlet from the charging port on the right side of the vehicle. A fully depleted drive battery will take approximately five hours to recharge.
The PHEV is fitted with a 5-metre 230V cable.
EV Remote System
Top-of-the-range PHEV Aspire is fitted with a Wi-Fi based EV remote system that allows drivers to wirelessly control various functions of their car. The Outlander PHEV App – which is compatible with smart and android phones and devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – is downloadable at no cost from the App Store.
The App allows PHEV owners to check and schedule battery charging, activate cabin heating and cooling, lock or unlock the doors, turn the headlights on or off and check hazard lights and the power switch.
PHEV features the same six-speaker AM/FM infotainment system available on current Outlander. The system has multiple audio playback options include CD, SD card or USB, and is iPod and iPhone compatible.
The high definition 7-inch colour touch screen displays the rear view camera and SatNav system, which also has the capability to show 3D images of buildings and landmarks, Points of Interest (POI) and speed limit information on major roads.
PHEV Driving Information Display
In addition to all of the other audio system functions and operating controls, occupants can access PHEV’s energy flow and monitoring information through the 7-inch touch screen by selecting the Trip tab.
Three displays are available – Energy Flow, which tracks the PHEV’s energy transfer to and from the drive battery; Energy Monitoring, which shows motor output, climate control power consumption and other data; and ECO Information Display, which calculates the vehicle’s dynamic ECO score, EV mode distance, EV mode average, Hybrid Mode efficiencies and real-time cruising range.
Outlander’s 5-star ANCAP safety rating has been extended to PHEV, thanks to its combination of active and passive safety features.
Outlander PHEV has front driver and passenger airbags, side, curtain and knee protection airbags, rear parking sensors, reverse camera, Active Stability Control, Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body and Hill Start Control. Aspire gains additional active safety features including Forward Collision Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Acoustic Vehicle Alert
Outlander PHEV also has an inbuilt Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) to warn pedestrians of an approaching vehicle. The system operates when the vehicle speed is operating on EV mode below 35km/h and the brake pedal is not deployed.
Outlander PHEV draws upon Mitsubishi’s celebrated four-wheel drive and performance heritage to deliver a sure-footed and engaging driving experience. It has an advanced technology four-wheel drive system, allowing Outlander PHEV to tackle slippery surfaces and medium-grade unsealed roads with confidence.
Outlander PHEV achieves excellent road-holding thanks to Mitsubishi’s sophisticated twin-motor Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, originally developed for the rally-bred Lancer Evolution.
PHEV advances this revolutionary S-AWC technology even further by cleverly using the vehicle’s electric motors to manage Outlander PHEV’s dynamic stability performance, adding Active Yaw Control, which uses the brakes and power steering to regulate the Outlander PHEV’s front/rear, left/right torque split.
When combined with its low centre of gravity and advanced four-wheel drive with integrated dynamic stability systems, it delivers an engaging driving experience.
Outlander PHEV Key Features
PHEV standard features:
• Five seats with black cloth trim and leather look inserts
• 7 Airbags
• Cruise control
• Hill Start Control (HSC)
• Smart Key with One Touch Start operation
• Audio system with Sat Nav, turn-by-turn function and 3D mapping
• Bluetooth® hands free operation with voice control
• 18-inch machine-faced alloy wheels
• Silver painted roof rails
• Fog lamps with chrome fog lamp bezels
• LED rear tail lamps
• Tilt and telescopic steering adjustment
• MMCS audio with 7-inch colour touch screen
• Auto rain sensing wipers
• Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning
• Reversing camera
• Rear parking sensors
• Dusk sensing HID headlamps with auto levelling
• Chrome inner door handles
• Cargo blind
PHEV Aspire standard features over PHEV:
• Power tailgate with remote operation
• Electric sliding sunroof
• Leather seat trim
• Heated front seats
• 6-way electric adjustable driver’s seat
• Forward Collision Mitigation
• Adaptive Cruise Control
• Chrome detailing
• Wi-Fi based EV remote system
Exterior Colour Range
Starlight Pearl ^
Artic Silver Metallic ^
Titanium Metallic ^
Black Pearl ^
The PHEV benefits from Mitsubishi’s five-year/100,000km new car warranty inclusive of the lithium ion drive battery.
PHEV also qualifies for Mitsubishi’s four-year Capped Price Servicing, which is $360.00 RRP for the first service and $470.00 RRP for the second, third and fourth services, which are scheduled every 15,000km or 12 months, whichever comes first. Included with Capped Price Servicing as part of the Mitsubishi’s Diamond Advantage, customers get a Roadside Assist package.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be available from selected Mitsubishi dealers when it goes on sale on 31 March, 2014.
* Based on official ADR 81/02 combined fuel consumption
** Based on official ADR 81/02 testing