The Outlander PHEV May Soon Come to the US

The Outlander is the top-selling vehicle for Mitsubishi and that fact doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon. Even with that in mind, there’s one version of the Outlander that seems to be getting more love than others, and surprisingly enough that’s the Outlander PHEV in Europe, or the hybrid electric version of the vehicle that’s capable of driving on battery power alone. It’s a capable vehicle, it’s fun to drive and it offers better efficiency levels than most other SUVs of a similar size. Mitsubishi has been hard at work getting this vehicle type ready for the American market, and it’s still finalizing the specs, but there’s a good chance that buyers will enjoy performance similar to what’s being offered in the European market, which is a very solid vehicle overall. Here’s an overview of changes made to the European model, as well as some differences Americans can expect when it’s finally released.

This is the European Model, but an American version is expected to look very similar.
This is the European Model, but an American version is expected to look very similar.

Much Faster off the Line

The old Outlander PHEV felt a bit sluggish when getting up to speed from a standstill. That’s not an issue any longer. The two 60 KWh motors drive the SUV from 0 to 62 two seconds faster than the old model was able to accomplish the task. That’s a huge performance boost, making a more enjoyable to drive SUV.

Hill Braking is Simpler

Starting and stopping on steep hills can be difficult, even when using a vehicle with an automatic transmission.

More Precise Braking

Like most hybrid electric vehicles on the market today, the Outlander PHEV will come with regenerative braking that puts energy back into the battery pack of the vehicle. Unlike most, this vehicle comes with a highly adjustable system that provides just the right amount of resistance every single time. You can switch between level 1 and level 5 braking using braking paddles, giving you varying amounts of resistance

Enhanced Suspension

Minor enhancements to an already capable suspension system create a nice comfortable ride that you’ll enjoy over most types of terrain. The highly capable suspension will work well on the variety of road types in America if the system remains the same when moved over to the states, but there is no guarantee that will be the case.

Differences for Americans

While the European version relies on Diesel, the American version will almost certainly rely on gasoline. The American version is also expected to have a lower all-electric driving range of closer to 20 miles on a single charge. There is also no plan to bring a rapid charger to the US market just yet, but you can believe that one will be added in the future because that’s going to be a highly desirable addition.

Overall the Outlander PHEV is a very exciting vehicle. Hopefully the 2018 model year makes its way to the United States without incident and that it offers most of the nice features that are offered in the European versions of the SUV. If so, it’s likely to be a major success in the states.

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Dodge Relies on a Rebranded Mitsubishi Truck

The Mitsubishi L200, a mid-sized truck sold throughout the Middle East, is such a well built vehicle that Dodge is going to make use of it as well througout the country with a Ram rebadge. That’s right, if you happen to purchase a Ram 1200 out in the Middle East, it’s actually a Mitsubishi L200.

Mitsubishi L200
Mitsubishi L200

What the Truck Offers

This compact truck is designed for utility more than anything else and it comes with a capable engine that can be relied upon to get the job done. It’s fitted with either a 2.4 liter or 2.5 liter four-cylinder engines and offers between 126 and 134 HP. While that doesn’t seem like a whole lot of power for a truck, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s enough for most standard truck tasks.

Meeting a Good Price Point

This Middle East-destined truck offers performance at a good price, and it’s something that buyers should pay attention to out there. That’s because the truck is pretty capable, and it’s designed with long-term performance in mind.

Will it Come Stateside?

Mitsubishi hasn’t offered a truck in the states in quite some time, and it’s not likely that the L200 is going to come to the US either. This is mostly due to the lower power output that the vehicle provides. Perhaps if Mitsubishi switched out the engine for something more potent before moving to the US it could stand a chance for success. It’s not a bad looking truck, and it’s just the no-frills reliable tool that we need in the United States.

Dodge is known for creating good quality trucks, and it’s impressive that the automaker would rely on a truck produced by Mitsubishi to offer to its customers. That’s a testament to Mitsubishi quality, and shows that you can rely on Mitsubishi SUVs like the Outlander, and Mitsubishi engineering in general.

It will be interesting to see if Mitsubishi bring a mid-sized truck to the United States in the near future. With demand for mid-sized trucks slowly climbing back up, it’s a move that would make sense, and something that truck enthusiasts could get excited about.