Mitsubishi Gives Details on Upcoming Outlander Plug-In Hybrid
It is powered by a 2.0-liter petrol engine which is aided by two electric motors which draw their juice from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Most of the components from the electric drivetrain are based on those used on Mitsubishi’s all-electric offering, the i-MiEV. The battery pack gives it an EV-only range of around 55 km (34 miles), and when the batteries run out of electricity, the petrol engine kicks in to start recharging them.
The Outlander PHEV also has a ‘Parallel Hybrid Mode’ which uses both the petrol engine and the electric motors to propel the vehicle - this mode is recommended for high-speed driving. With a targeted fuel economy figure of 1.64 l/100 km (143.5 US mpg / 172 UK mpg) with the use of the battery, it all sounds like a very efficient - it also has a reported range of 880 km (547 miles).
Mitsubishi says: "In addition to decreased friction loss Twin Motor 4WD delivers better response and finer control than conventional mechanical systems. It accomplishes this without a propeller shaft or other mechanical components seen in conventional mechanical systems. The Twin Motor 4WD system is integrated with Mitsubishi's well-proven S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamics control system to deliver high levels of stability and all-terrain performance and ensure the vehicle behaves just as the driver intends it to."