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Mitsubishi launches new hybrid Outlander

Edward Green |
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) premiered its fully redesigned plug in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model of the Outlander crossover SUV.

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Sales will commence in Japan on December 16, followed by Australia and New Zealand in the first half of 2022 and North America in the second half of 2022. To further enhance its appeal as an EV, MMC has completely updated the Outlander's PHEV components, extended its EV driving range and enhanced the exhilarating acceleration unique to EVs. With an increase in the output of the front and rear motors and drive battery, the new model can keep driving in EV mode and avoid starting the engine as much as possible even when pressing hard on the accelerator, delivering the smooth, powerful and satisfying motor based driving of high output twin motor 4WD.

Switching to a large capacity drive battery with total capacity of 20 kilowatts (kWh) and raising the equivalent all electric range to 87 kilometers (km, in WLTC mode)4, 5 has assured sufficient driving range even when using functions such as the air conditioner, while at the same time helping to reduce the frequency of charging. An increase in the capacity of the gas tank has also expanded the total possible range when combining EV driving with hybrid driving.

The power drive unit for the front motor is newly equipped with a booster function which bolsters driving force by raising the supply of voltage to the front motor while simultaneously improving electricity consumption by raising the efficiency of the generator. Unifying the rear motor with the control unit also secured enough floor space to install a third row of seats, enabling a seven passenger seating layout. Installing the control unit on the outside of the passenger compartment has also helped to shut out high frequency noise for superior quietness.

Seven drive modes can be selected depending on road surface conditions and driving style. Normal is the basic mode, optimized for normal driving on paved roads. Tarmac mode provides brisk acceleration response and high cornering performance on dry paved surfaces. Gravel mode provides balanced operability and road handling ability on unpaved or wet paved roads, and Snow mode delivers stable vehicle behavior on snowy and other slippery roads. Mud mode optimizes tire slippage according to vehicle speed for superior road handling on muddy roads and deep trenches of snow, while also providing better ability to escape when stuck. Power mode delivers powerful acceleration, and Eco mode which prioritizes economic driving.

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