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.


The Mitsubishi Outlander Continues to be a Cutting Edge Crossover

Mitsubishi is known for quite a few quality vehicles to date, but there is one that stands out above all the rest, the Outlander. The Outlander is responsible for more than 1.5 million sales over its 3 generations, and it’s clearly the favorite among all the Mitsubishi offerings to date. There’s a few reasons for that, but the main one is that Mitsubishi continues to innovate with the crossover, and it offers all the right features in America’s most popular segment at the moment.


The First Outlander

The very first Outlander stood out because it was dubbed a “crossover”. It’s essentially the first compact sport utility vehicle that was called a crossover and could even be considered the founder of the crossover term. This vehicle stood out in a fledgling segment and really turned heads. It was known as an Active Sport concept vehicle from the very beginning, and drivers looking for a rugged, sporty vehicle that’s still compact enough to be practical, were more than happy to hop behind the wheel of the first Mitsubishi Outlander.

The 2nd Outlander

When the 2nd Outlander was released it kept that crossover heritage and aggressive tendencies, but it did so on a global architecture platform known as the Project Global C/D. It was a platform project supported by a range of auto manufacturers, which helped Mitsubishi come up with an even better base for the Outlander and to save some money doing it. All the new features and improvements offered by this global architecture helped to push the crossover to new heights of popularity.

The 3rd Outlander

We’re in the third generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander and it’s going just as strong as the original. This model is gaining in popularity because of the plug-in hybrid electric variant that’s set to be offered. It’s not going to be the first crossover to come with a plug and a hybrid setup, but it will be one of the most sporty options. It’s designed for buyers that want to cut down on fuel consumption and do something good for the environment, while still enjoying a sporty and fun driving experience.

Mitsubishi is pushing green technology just like many other top automakers today, but the Outlander continues to stand out amongst all the other crossovers, thanks to careful design decisions and features added to the vehicle to appeal to all the Mitsubishi fans out there.