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.
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
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.