THE 2018 OUTLANDER PHEV: “BEYOND THE EXTRA MILE” IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT
After being released in 2013 in Japan as the world’s first plug-in Hybrid SUV, The Outlander PHEV has been anticipated debut in the US. With a release date no later than March 2018, we’ll be ready for a driving experience that is unmatched in the field of crossovers. The PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) which also is known as a plug-in hybrid, is a vehicle that shares the characteristics of a conventional hybrid vehicle, having an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. The Plug-in Hybrid EV allows for you to enjoy zero fuel consumption and zero C02 emissions when in all-electric mode. All it takes one ride in a battery-powered or hybrid car to experience the difference in ride quality. Quiet and smooth are some words that come to mind. It comes as a surprise to most drivers at how much torque plug-in vehicles have. So don’t be discouraged by the word “electric” when it comes to how much power it can deliver.
The Outlander PHEV has room for 5 passengers and cargo with a towing capacity of 1500lbs. It comes with a 2.0-litre engine and has a 12kW-h battery and two 60kW electric motors to drive both axles for SAWC (Super All-Wheel Control) capability. The official average fuel economy is 166 MPG which is achievable using electric and gas. It’s arriving in the U.S. as the only mainstream PHEV with Twin Motor S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control). The independent motors at the front and rear of this system match well with its versatility to respond and take control in all road conditions. The S-AWC system is only available from Mitsubishi Motors. This system brings out the full potential of the twin motors 4WD without sacrificing safety, comfort or efficiency. With the battery sitting underneath the PHEV helps keep the CUV (Compact utility Vehicle) at a lower center of gravity which helps stabilize driving performance.
This PHEV was engineered to have the best of both worlds.
EV Driving Mode: You could use this all-electric mode for everyday driving without ever stopping to a gas station as the motor drives the vehicles by using the battery electricity. The result: Zero fuel consumption and zero CO2 emissions.
Hybrid Driving Mode: The Series Hybrid Mode uses engine-generated electricity when the battery is low. It increases power when going uphill. The motor is powered with periodic engine assistance. Parallel Hybrid Mode is engine powered with periodic motor assistance and battery charging when the battery level is low. The engine drives the vehicle with assistance from the motors.
The Outlander PHEVs interior includes a unique meter design and efficiency/eco monitoring features. The PHEV comes with a leather steering wheel and power seating. The advanced electric vehicle shift lever and console design. Its 60/40 split fold-down rear seats come with a recline function for maximum cargo space. The PHEV comes with an electric park brake system with auto hold feature. The Outlander PHEV comes available with the capability to connect to the vehicle via Wi-Fi. This allows for the driver to control the car from your smartphone. Preheat or cool the cabin, set start/stop charge times or control vehicles functions from a distance. The PHEV comes available with two AC Power outlets in the rear seat and cargo area. This makes the Outlander PHEV the ultimate outdoor vehicle for events like tailgating where you could use the batteries power to plug-in two LED TV’s; a blender; game console; mini-fridge, 80-watt speakers, and a phone with ease.
The PHEVs Quick Charger has the quickest charge time of any crossover on market today. The charge time gives the battery 80 percent in about 20 minutes. It features rechargeable batteries that can be restored to full charge by simply plugging it in. The convenience of home charging can provide emergency backup power in the home. Having a plug-in contributes to a cleaner air quality by producing little to no emissions. The reduction in the use of gasoline and even reduces greenhouse gas emissions pollution. Unlike an internal combustion engine, the Outlander PHEV won’t consume energy while at a resting stop or while coasting. The energy that is lost during braking is reused in the Outlander PHEV through an energy recovery mechanism called regenerative braking.
Regenerative braking during deceleration converts kinetic energy to electricity. You could use the paddle selector and selector lever to control the strength of the braking. Simply press the (+) paddle selector to increase coasting and press the (-) paddle selector to reduce coasting. There are six levels on the paddle selector to raise and lower braking strength.
Since electric vehicles are known to breakdown less than mechanical systems, this ultimately rewards the driver with lower maintenance costs. The Outlander PHEV gives the driver a worry free drive by reducing the stress of “range anxiety”. Range anxiety is the fear that your vehicle won’t have enough power to contribute more range than an all-electric vehicle because the combustion engine works as a backup if the batteries lose its charge. The PHEV drive mode patterns will operate in the most efficient mode automatically depending on battery charge.
All of Mitsubishi’s advanced safety features will be available on the Outlander PHEV, which includes: Blind Spot Warning; Rear Cross Traffic Alert; Forward Collision Mitigation; Lane Departure Warning; Automatic High Beam; Multi-view Camera System.
After making its debut in Japan in 2013, one year after Mitsubishi Motors celebrated its 30th
Anniversary being here in the US, the Outlander PHEV has been awarded Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan (also known as RJC) “Technology of the Year” & “Car of the Year’s Innovation”. Some would say that buying a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is more than just buying a car, it’s choosing a lifestyle. Are you ready to go beyond the ordinary driving experience and get to know freedom in the 2018 Outlander PHEV? Be sure to like and follow all of our social media sites for updates on the Outlander PHEV and don’t forget to stay tuned to our Youtube page.