Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC)’s revamped 2016 Outlander PHEV, due to go on sale in Europe in September, will make its European debut at the 66th International Motor Show (IAA) in several weeks. MMC will also show the rally version of the Outlander PHEV that will compete in the Baja Portalegre 500 cross-country rally as well as a display outlining a Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) electricity supply system that will be available for the new Outlander PHEV.
The Outlander PHEV was first launched in Japan in January 2013 as the world’s first plug-in hybrid 4WD SUV. (Earlier post.) Now exported to 48 countries including those in Europe, the Outlander has racked up cumulative sales of some 70,000 units. The Outlander PHEV is powered by Mitsubishi Motors’ Plug-in Hybrid EV system, comprising a Twin Motor 4WD drivetrain, with separate motors driving the front and rear wheels, and a high-capacity battery located under the floor that provides electric-only driving.
MMC optimized the Plug-in Hybrid EV System control and reduced engine friction in the new model, resulting in a reduction of CO2emissions from 44 g/km to 42 g/km (NEDC). Acceleration and response from a full stop in urban environments as well as on the move has been improved after revising the Plug-in Hybrid EV system.
MMC upgraded running stability and steering response through the use of an improved front suspension cross member and increased body stiffness. The amount of vibration and noise transmitted from tires has also been decreased by reinforcing the rear suspension cross member. Both cornering performance and ride comfort have been improved by increasing the capacity of the front struts and rear shock absorbers and using larger-diameter rear stabilizers.
In addition to advanced safety/accident prevention technologies that detect accident possibility and accident mitigation or avoidance, the new Outlander PHEV offers an ultrasonic mis-acceleration mitigation system—a technology which mitigates possible accidents by controlling forward or backward starts when the accelerator is pressed inadvertently by detecting another vehicle or obstacle in the way.
A Multi-around Monitor is offered on higher trim levels which assists the driver when parking or maneuvering in tight spaces by giving a bird’s eye view of the vehicle perimeter.
Engine, tire and wind noise have been substantially reduced by making more than 30 improvements, including the addition of extra sound absorbing and insulation material, anti-vibration material and dynamic dampers. Improving the noise insulation performance when moving or stationary has achieved a more comfortable cabin experience.
The new Outlander PHEV features a new front end look designed around the Dynamic Shield front fascia concept employed in recent MMC models.