2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV; Redesign, Specs, Price Tag
here are the new updates of 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Mitsubishi has given the Outlander PHEV an interim update. At the latest, the changes are minimal, under the hood, however, the manufacturer has been well underway.
The first two generations of the Mitsubishi Outlander have barely impressed the sales statistics. How different was that in 2013 with generation three, because of it a plug-in Hybrid appeared, the PHEV. Thanks to the low CO2 emissions of this version, the business driver benefited greatly from the very favorable caustic rules at the time. they are now giving the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV a hefty update.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Redesign
There are some small retouches on both inside and outside, and the powertrain has been taken care of, thus improving performance. Appearance is the upgraded version recognizable by slightly different headlights, a slightly modified grille and redrawn skid plates underneath the bumpers. In the interior, a number of buttons and switches have been rearranged and the front seats have been reshaped, giving them more lateral support. That is no superfluous luxury.
Furthermore, there are USB connectors and we find a 230 V-socket in the luggage compartment. Everything you see in the interior gives the impression that it is built to last for many years. It all feels as robust and solid. Nevertheless, you notice that the design has been going on for a while and that the STYLING could be a bit more sophisticated here and there.
For example, the floppy switch for the chair heating gives the feeling that they have been in production unchanged for 20 years. Furthermore, it is unfortunate that a car with a progressive PHEV powertrain does not have such a basis as a navigation system. To find your way, you are assigned to your phone that is connected to the multimedia system.
Instead of the 121 HP Strong 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, the PHEV now has a 2.4 liter Atkinson engine of 135 hp. This is a gasoline engine that, by cleverly playing with the inlet valves, is just a bit more efficient with its fuel. Toyota also uses this principle in its hybrids. The power of the Front electric motor has remained the same with 82 HP, which from the rear has risen from 82 to 95 hp. On only the electric motors the top speed has increased from 125 to 135 km/h.
Depending on the driving conditions and the battery charge, the Electronics which engine can do what at what time. That goes flawlessly. Unnoticed one engine jumps in or turns the other off. Up to 65 km/h, the car runs electrically, only above that the combustion engine will be involved. A gearbox is therefore not necessary.
The powertrain responds very smoothly to the accelerator pedal, not a moment we feel we are coming to a little shortage. And the beautiful thing is that it happens in utter tranquillity. When you give gas, the combustion engine does not immediately bother the direction of Rev limiter. This is due to the fixed transfer between the combustion engine and the front wheels.
To keep pace with the increased performance, the capacity of the battery pack has been upgraded by 15 percent from 12 to 13.8 kWh. According to the old NEDC measurement cycle, this increases the electrical range from 54 to 55 kilometers. With the new WLTP method, this is a slightly more realistic 45 kilometer, although you still have to do your best to get that distance. But with a little good will, there is much possible.
For whom consumption is somewhat less important: The car also has a snow and a sports mode in the future. In this last position, the electronics react slightly more sharply, although the powertrain does not run in the past with the characteristics of the chassis and the steering. Mitsubishi says the Outlander’s stiffness has improved. In practice, the tuning of feathers and shock absorbers is still very smooth, which causes the car to tilt properly. Furthermore, the steering system feels too distant and little communicative to be able to continue sporting in the farthest distance.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Price
The base price of the Outlander PHEV is unchanged €35,990, while the additional percentage is 22% as for any other car with the combustion engine. Thus, it will be a whole drive to increase sales figures, despite the improved powertrain.