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  • Mitsubishi likely isn't the first company that comes to mind when you think of electrified

  • vehicles.

  • But don't forget; they pioneered an all-electric car long before they were fashionable.

  • And now, they've added a plug to their biggest SUV.

  • This is the all-new Outlander PHEV.

  • I wish I had the entertaining video to show you, but I attended the mini-musical that

  • was this vehicle's NY Auto Show debutin 2016.

  • Hampered by regulatory issues and battery constraints, this Outlander took 5 years to

  • cross the ocean.

  • But it's here now and ready to provide Mitsu's best-seller with an electrified option.

  • How do they do it?

  • They've placed a battery pack under the passenger compartment and connected it to

  • 1 electric motor to drive the front wheels and a 2nd to drive the rear.

  • Under the hood resides a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered engine which also doubles as a generator giving

  • it the capability of directly providing power to the electric motors and to charge the battery

  • pack.

  • The brains of the operation decide which drive mode provides the best performance and efficiency.

  • EV mode is exactly how it soundsit's an all-electric driving experience and as

  • with all PHEVs, showcases the best of what the Outlander has to offer.

  • This is how most of the initial driving is done when the battery is full.

  • As the battery is used up or when you floor it, you'll feel and hear the Outlander's

  • engine fire and then it goes into hybrid mode, with the motors now receiving their electricity

  • from the 4-cylinder and the battery while also recharging it.

  • And finally, the 3rd mode, which is most utilized during highway driving, predominantly relies

  • on the gas engine to do the work.

  • You can charge the Outlander's battery at home using a standard household outlet and

  • that takes about 8 hours or with a 240-volt outlet like the one your dryer is plugged

  • into you can cut that time in half.

  • Or there's another option

  • The Outlander is the only plug-in hybrid currently on the market that allows you to use these

  • level III fast chargers.

  • But they're rather expensive and with limited electric range I'm not sure it's going

  • to make a ton of sense.

  • With a fully charged battery the Outlander will deliver about 22 miles of all-electric

  • driving in ideal ambient temperatures.

  • In cold weather like this I'm averaging about 16.

  • By the EPA's math, that's equivalent to 74mpg until the battery is depleted at which

  • point you'll average about 25mpg.

  • That's still better than the Outlander V6 though because of a much smaller gas tank,

  • this PHEV has a comparatively lessened driving range of 310 miles.

  • If you're like the typical driver, this one will save you $1,000 per year in fuel

  • costs as compared with the V6.

  • Those savings drop to $300 per year if you cross-shop the Outlander's base 2.4-liter

  • 4-cylinder model instead.

  • As I said before, the Outlander feels the most satisfying when the engine's dormant,

  • with prized EV attributes such as torquey quickness and cabin quietness.

  • After that, it's ho-hum at best with stained engine sounds and aloof steering.

  • We have had some snow this week and Mitsu's more sophisticated all-wheel drive system

  • is the real deal and has proven to be a master of the white stuff.

  • You can lock in all 4 wheels at any speed with this button here.

  • I also like how the big paddle shifters are used to control the degree of regenerative

  • braking and not faux gear changes; super helpful when driving in the snow.

  • As for the output, there're 80 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque max from each

  • motor.

  • It maintains the regular Outlander's 4-cylinder tow rating of 1,500 pounds.

  • Unfortunately the added 552 lbs it's carrying doesn't do the ride and handling any favors.

  • Generally soft in its nature but unrefined, it drives heavy in the turns and a little

  • bristly over rough pavement.

  • Pricing starts at about $36,000 for the base SEL trim while this GT with added LED headlights,

  • Rockford Fosgate premium audio, sunroof, a pair of AC outlets and techy safety features

  • like the super helpful multi-view camera with conveniently placed button, comes in at $42,195.

  • The Federal Tax credit for this one is $5,836 ostensibly dropping the price to around $36,000

  • before any further incentives.

  • And if you find these side graphics to be a little too ostentatious don't worry; you

  • can leave that option box unchecked and save yourself $285.

  • The Outlander's cabin isn't bad but this is an over $40,000 vehicle and Mitsubishi

  • still doesn't fully understand how to sweat the details.

  • From the cheap exterior door handles to the driver's seat that doesn't feel fully

  • bolted down, there are little reminders sprinkled about that Mitsu isn't quite there yet in

  • terms of quality.

  • Because the Outlander's lithium-ion battery pack is located beneath the passenger floor

  • you can't get this particular model with the 3rd row seat but thanks a lot Mitsubishi

  • for still leaving the cupholders back here.

  • The electronics are decent with CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and an app that

  • allows you to check in on charge status and control certain vehicle functionsthough

  • its necessary Wi-Fi connection is clunky and limiting.

  • To their credit, no other non-luxury automaker is currently offering a plug-in hybrid SUV

  • of this size.

  • And if you've waited this long for one you may want to wait a little longer as the 2019

  • overseas model has been upgraded with a bigger engine and more battery capacity thus increasing

  • its electric range to 33 miles but Mitsu won't introduce these changes to the U.S. market

  • until the Outlander's redesign slated for next year.

Mitsubishi likely isn't the first company that comes to mind when you think of electrified

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    Takaaki Inoue 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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