Mitsubishi Outlander Gets a New Face and Electric PowerPosted by: Lydia Siu onMarch 24th, 2016
The New York Auto Show marks a major milestone for Mitsubishi. This is the first time they will be unveiling their all new 2016 Outlander and it is with this SUV that they will be showcasing the company’s new design philosophy.
On the outside, the Outlander gets a makeover utilizing more sophisticated design elements which helps boast refined look. The front facia now features a double barred chrome grille which prominently extends to the lower portions of the front bumper. Streamlined headlights housing dual projectors cap off the front end changes. Black textured body trim follows along the wheel arches and connects on the lower door sills to create a rugged yet refined look. The rear received a textured lower diffuser and redesigned tail lights.
The changes are more than just what you see on the surface. The Outlander’s chassis incorporates over 100 new design and engineering changes which all aid to create a stronger and dynamic platform. The suspension has been redesigned to offer better dampening, reduction in vibrations, and an overall better driving experience. This is all thanks to the use of dynamic dampers in the front and rear of the vehicle which helps to smooth out the ride.
The powertrain is something completely new which is shocking the SUV world. Mitsubishi has incorporated their Plug-in Hybrid system which will power the Outlander PHEV. The PHEV system offers high efficiency while still maintaining solid levels of performance. The gas engine is the efficient 2.0L MIVEC engine which is matched up with a par of high output 60kW twin front and rear motors. A high capacity 12kWh drive battery combined with the gas motor can produce a combined fuel economy of 1.9L/100km. On full EV mode, the Outlander will get a maximum electric range of 50km a day.
Mitsubishi has made a mark in the history books producing the first plug in hybrid SUV. We look forward to many more vehicles to come from this automaker.