Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV facelift – new 2.4 litre engine, higher battery capacity and rear motor output

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV facelift – new 2.4 litre engine, higher battery capacity and rear motor output

Mitsubishi is set to introduce its updated 2019 Outlander PHEV in Geneva next month. The automaker has given its plug-in hybrid version of the SUV – which made its debut in Paris back in 2012 – a number of revisions, with a redesign of its powertrain leading the changes.

The range extender will now come with a 2.4 litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, which replaces the previous Otto cycle 2.0 litre as the generator mill, and this promises higher torque output and smoother operation, among other things.

Capacity of the lithium-ion battery has also been upped to 13.8 kWh (previously, 12 kWh), and this continues to drive the two independent electric motors on both the front and rear axle.

No specific output numbers are touted for the engine and the motors, but output has been bumped up for the generator and rear motor by 10%. On the current car, the two permanent magnet synchronous motors each offer a 60 kW output, so the rear unit should be putting out around 66 kWh, going by the math.

Torque figures should also go up, definitely for the rear motor – currently, the front motor delivers 137 Nm while the rear unit offers 195 Nm. Elsewhere, the SUV’s 4WD system also gets two additional driving modes, with Sport and Snow modes joining the existing Normal and 4WD Lock modes.

Aside from mechanical changes, the Outlander PHEV also gets tweaks to its exterior design as well as a minor overhaul for its interior. External changes are made up of a new front grille design, LED headlamps, rectangular fog lamp bezels as well as a new front skid plate. The SUV also gets a larger rear spoiler and new two-tone design, multi-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the cabin is now dressed in new quilted fine leather upholstery, and fresh bits include new hip-hugging front seats and a restyled instrument panel. The car also gets revised switchgear and new trim, along with rear air-conditioning vents.

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Comments

  • Zulfhmi on Feb 21, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    (Like) Mitsubishi Outlander
    (Dislike) KIA Sorento

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    • What! Rear aircond vents!

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    • Anton Ravind on Feb 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Why Malaysia never bring this in? Then can sell cheaper at RM99k even because can benefit from EV/Hybrid tax incentive given by the Government.

      See BMw X5, last time RM590k, after get EV/Tax incentive for Hybrid, can now sell RM388k. Buta buta RM200k less.

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  • At one point, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia(MMM) was very adamant of a Malaysian introduction that there were several units of the PHEV running around Malaysian roads, back when hybrid benefited from a Exempted tax. MMM really should introduce it locally, outside the Luxury segment there hasn’t been a PHEV to be familiarise by Malaysians.

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    • BeeEmUU on Feb 21, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      You mean the 330e ?
      Outlander is a unicorn compared to the 330e.

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      • No, there were some Outlander PHEV brought in by MMM running around Malaysia for testing. I saw a couple near Kepong and Rawang. Nothing materialized from that.

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  • gahpadu on Feb 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    finally. rear aircond vent

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    • Smile on Feb 21, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      In Taiwan, the model were fitted with the rear air conditioning vents also with the safety features such as those mitigation measures sensors safety as standard equipment across all variant outlander.
      Mitsubishi malaysia should introduce more add on official accessories for the outlander like in the US to compete with others car manufacturer if they wants to stay relevant here.
      This is a good vehicle in terms of the features and the price offered off course it s not the best but among the best.

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      • They shud invest to revamp the platform. Its alredi 15 years old.

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  • REAR AIRCOND VENTS!

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  • CarzyMobilo on Feb 21, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    The only sentence tht catches my eyes… REAR AIRCON VENTS!!!! very important for such a huge car!

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  • Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, please bring in the Outlander PHEV and Eclipse Cross, should sell like hot cakes.

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