If constituent amalgam cartage do absolutely abandonment in Australia – and all the affirmation suggests they will – again Mitsubishi will accurately affirmation to be a avant-garde in the segment, accepting launched the Outlander PHEV in Australia way aback in 2014.
The PHEV stands for constituent hybrid, of advance – a technology that promises a accurate best-of-both-worlds solution, with authentic EV active backed up by the accessibility of a petrol-powered engine.
But if this Outlander is to end up avant-garde of its time, again that time has to absolutely arrive. And Mitsubishi is acquisitive some nips and tucks for the 2021 archetypal will advice accompany that time aloof a little bit closer.
There’s a new trim – with new abeyance – alleged the GSR, and a renewed focus on vehicle-to-x bi-directional charing capability, meaning, eventually, you’ll be able to use your agent to ability your house, rather than the added way around.
So is all that abundant to see the Outlander PHEV booty allegation of the electrified SUV segment? Let’s acquisition out.
The Mitsubishi Outlander now arrives in three, hardly added big-ticket trim models – the entry-level ES at $47,990 ( $600), the new mid-tier GSR at $52,490, and the most-expensive Exceed at $56,490 ( $100).
Kicking off with the ES, you get 18-inch alloys, aloofness glass, a rear spoiler, keyless access and halogen fog lamps, while central you’ll acquisition push-button start, acrimonious avant-garde seats, dual-zone altitude control, atramentous bolt trim on the seats and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Stepping up to the new GSR archetypal adds a new 18-inch admixture design, a atramentous roof addle-brain and roof rails, nicer autogenous elements, an eight-speaker exceptional complete arrangement and – crucially – the accession of Bilstein suspension for the actual aboriginal time.
Finally, the Exceed archetypal adds a sunroof, LED headlights, accepted navigation, covering seats and and chrome architecture elements outside.
It charcoal abundantly banausic – abundant like it did for its 2020 amend – so its safe to say we’ve had some time to get acclimated to the looks of the Outlander PHEV.
Not that there’s all that abundant to get acclimated to, really. Badging aside, there’s little that says you’re active a constituent amalgam here, with the Outlander PHEV slotting about into the added accepted Mitsubishi line-up.
Outside, you get a appealing bold-looking avant-garde end, bedeviled by Mitsubishi’s abundant grille bureaucracy (which for ours looks a little like the Predator’s smile) along with those big animated alloys, and a adequately angular ancillary contour burst up by some abscess of the caster arches. Footfall to the rear and it looks, well, a lot like a SUV, with no above stand-out appearance to draw your attention.
Inside, it’s absolutely refreshingly simple, with a centre-mounted 8.0-inch awning that lifts the berth ambience, as able-bodied a familiar, aboveboard centre animate and council caster set-up, additional by the accession of a agenda awning in the driver’s binnacle. In fact, the affected accessory selector is the alone complete adumbration you’ve climbed into a future-facing agent at all.
It feels blood-soaked big, the Outlander PHEV, and like it could calmly backpack seven seats. It doesn’t, of course, but all that allowance is a benefaction for cartage you’ve got, as able-bodied as any burden you allegation to carry.
The Outlander PHEV stretches 4695mm in length, 1800mm in amplitude and 1710mm in height, and delivers a complete 498 litres of baggage allowance beyond its two-level boot.
Up avant-garde riders are acceptable into a ablaze and ample berth space, complete with a ton of storage, USB allegation credibility and ability outlets, and a brace of cupholders and canteen holders.
In the rear, you’ll acquisition a appealing alveolate space, too. I’m 175cm alpine and was able to ride abaft my own active position with complete ease. There are additionally ISOFIX adapter credibility in anniversary of the window seats, as able-bodied as alone air vents and charging points.
No account here, folks, with the 2021 archetypal accustomed over the aforementioned drivetrain as the 2020 model, which itself accustomed a adequately above update.
But that’s no bad thing, as it agency this archetypal combines the aforementioned 2.4-litre, four-cylinder petrol agent (94kW at 4500rpm and 199Nm at 4500rpm) – which works in bike with accompanying electric motors, (60kW/137Nm front, 70kW/195Nm rear), carrying best outputs of 157kW and 332Nm, while the 13.8kWh array enables an emissions-free active ambit about 54km.
The PHEV gets a single-speed automated gearbox.
The big news, at atomic with the GSR, is the accession of Bilstein exceptional abeyance – it’s the alone archetypal that gets it – advised to add a sportier bend to the Outlander’s on-road characteristics.
It all depends how you drive it. Accumulate the batteries charged, and your able ammunition use amount can be zero, with the Outlander PHEV able to biking up to 54km/h – and at speeds of up to 135km/h – amid charges, acknowledgment to its 13.8 kWh on-board battery.
When petrol bliss in, though, again you will acknowledgment a claimed/combined amount of 1.9L/100km, admitting that adding is based on a admixture of electric and petrol-powered driving, and you can apprehend the amount to be abundant college should you run out of allegation and use the acceptable agent exclusively.
Plug in at home, and you’ll booty about seven hours to recharge, admitting that cardinal can bead to as low as 25 mins (to 80 per cent capacity) application an adapted fast charger.
There are three drive modes – Authentic EV, Series Amalgam and Parallel Hybrid.
Our analysis was bound to the new model, the GSR, which is additionally the alone archetypal adapted with the new Bilstein suspension, which, in the words of Mitsubishi, is advised to bear “a sportier flavour to the drive”.
So let’s get the adamantine being out of the way first; adventurous this ain’t. But I additionally don’t anticipate that’s the point here. Because what the new abeyance absolutely delivers is a added engaged, mostly added adjustable – except over the bluff bumps – ride affection that acutely lifts the drive acquaintance of the Outlander PHEV. The steering, though, doesn’t absolutely administer the aforementioned faculty of affiliation as the suspension.
But calmly the best absorbing affair about this constituent SUV is the actuality that it absolutely changes your active style. I calm the PHEV with a abounding allegation on board, and was fatigued as if by allurement to aggravating to extend its ambit for as continued as possible.
As a result, we took affluence of cross-city trips area the boilerplate ammunition use read-out remained at 0.0, which was decidedly satisfying, a activity fabricated added so by the easy, airy – and near-silent – way the PHEV went about its pure-electric business.
This, then, is a ancestors SUV in which your eco-friendliness comes with little in the way of compromise, admitting it charge be acicular out actuality that, aback the petrol agent kicked in, that aforementioned ammunition account jumped to over 10L/100km. So it pays to accumulate it charged.
Still, it’s accustomed and eco-friendly, so abundant so that you can calmly balloon you’re active article with a bung at all.
10 years / 200,000,000 km warranty
ANCAP Assurance Rating
Even the entry-level Outlander gets free emergency braking (AEB), lane abandonment warning, a abandoning camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, automated highbeams, and hill-start assist.
Step up to the GSR and you’ll add blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic active and avant-garde parking sensors, while the top-spec Exceed will add a surround-view monitor.
The avant-garde accessory joins six airbags and the accepted apartment of braking and absorption aids. The Outlander was awarded a full five-star ANCAP safety rating aback activated in 2014.
A decade-long warranty. Yep, a abounding 10 years of coverage, provided you comedy by Mitsubishi’s rules, of course.
The brand’s Diamond Advantage advantage spans 10 years or 200,000kms, and includes a decade’s capped-price servicing, too. In adjustment to qualify, though, you charge “have had all appointed casework done through the authorised Mitsubishi Motors Dealer Network”.
Servicing is appropriate every 12 months or 15,000km, and the capped-price application affairs will set you aback a complete $4890 for the 10 years, or an boilerplate $489 per annum.
The PHEV’s batteries are covered for eight years or 160,000kms.
An accessible footfall into electrification, the Mitsubishi Outlander balances family-sized acumen with 18-carat eco-friendliness, provided you accumulate the batteries charged. Refreshingly accustomed and future-facing all at once.