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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Facelift Revealed at Frankfurt, Gets Rally Version

The look of the facelifted Mitsubishi Outlander must have been one of the worst-kept secrets at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, as the car had been already unveiled in its home market in Japan.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at Frankfurt 11 photos
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The most striking and important modification is the new front fascia designed around MMC's new Dynamic Shield. It's said to give the car a more dynamic and powerful look, and it's hard to argue against it. Especially since the previous version had a pretty benign aspect.

The car makes full use of LED technology which not only gives the new Outlander a more modern look, but as we all know is also considerably less taxing on the car's battery system.

The new Outlander PHEV comes with a skid plate-like underside of the front bumper to emphasize its SUV credentials while the two-tone 18-inch wheels are exclusive to this model.

On the inside, the new Outlander PHEV adds a new brown leather trimming to the existing black one, both being available with contrasting stitching. The seats have a more comfortable profile, and the door panels are now padded for a more refined look and feel.

Japanese cars are renowned for their tendency to be less quiet than it's expected from a European point of view, so Mitsubishi went to make over 30 improvements over the last model including the addition of extra sound absorbing and insulation material, anti-vibration material and dynamic dampers.
How will it drive?
Dynamically speaking, the facelifted Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has improved front suspension cross member and increased body stiffness for better stability, while noise and vibration sent from the tires has been reduced by reinforcing the rear suspension cross member.

The hybrid powertrain has undergone some minor modifications including reduced engine friction to drop CO2 emissions from 44 g/km to 42 g/km, making the Outlander PHEV one of the best in its class.

When stationary, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV's V2H technology (vehicle to home) allows the car to turn into a power generator for any household appliances, making extremely useful especially when away from home.

Following its release in Frankfurt, the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will immediately become available for orders throughout Europe, hoping to build on the current model's 70,000 units sold since its launch in 2013.

Also in Frankfurt MMC will be showing a rally version of the Outlander PHEV that will compete in the Baja Portalegre 500 cross-country rally. If anything, this should give people an idea about what to ask when they take their regular Outlander PHEV for some off-road prepping, because it looks absolutely gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing it in action*.

The Baja Portalegre 500 cross-country rally is due to be held in the eastern part of Portugal from October 22nd through October 24th. For more information please access http://www.bajaportalegre.com (and choose English from the top).

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