Mitsubishi tries to refresh the current Outlander range with the introduction of a new version, the PHEV one, equipped with a hybrid architecture. Unveiled during New York Auto Show, the Outlander PHEV features a highly efficient 2.0-liter gas engine and two high-performance electric motors, and Mitsubishi’s superior Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system.
The Outlander PHEV has a twin-electric motor 4WD system. The motors are mounted separately at the front and rear axles to deliver 4WD performance. The battery that supplies the electricity for the motors is a high-capacity 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Three drive modes are available: EV (full electric mode), series hybrid (electric power with generator operation) and parallel hybrid (engine power and electric motor assistance). The PHEV system automatically selects the most efficient drive mode given the road conditions and other factors. The system also features a regenerative braking mode, where electricity is captured under braking.
The S-AWC system found on the Outlander PHEV is a specialized application of Lancer Evolution-derived Super All-Wheel Control developed specifically for the Outlander PHEV’s unique twin electric motor configuration.
Advanced safety and convenience features will be available on Outlander PHEV, including: Multi-Around view Camera Monitor, Forward Collision Mitigation with pedestrian detection capability, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and available smartphone integrations including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.