The facelifted 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been unveiled in Japan, following the introduction of the US-spec Outlander at last April’s New York Auto Show. Set to arrive in showrooms this coming July, the plug-in hybrid brings upgraded body, chassis and powertrain along with newfangled styling both inside and out.
While sporting the same ‘dynamic shield’ design theme as the regular Outlander, the PHEV is distinguished by a slightly different bumper extensions, side garnish as well as a few other embellishments. The SUV also gets the new Ruby Black Pearl and Quartz Brown metallic exclusive exterior colours and two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the Outlander PHEV features a leather-wrapped four-spoke steering wheel with heater function and chrome finish, redesigned seats, leather upholstery with contrasting stitching as well as power driver’s seat as standard. Other variants are equipped with a three-spoke steering wheel with piano black trim and fabric upholstery.
Apart from improvements to its NVH, steering, ride and handling, the Outlander PHEV has also been tuned to be more efficient than before. The SUV now returns 20.2 km per litre (eight percent improvement) while its electric range has been extended by 0.6 km to 60.8 km. Acceleration from a standing start and throttle response have also been refined thanks to the retuned electric motor.
The vehicle will come with a host of new safety features, including Multi-around View Monitor and Unintentional Move Off Control system, which diminishes impact damage by controlling speed in reverse or forward gear when the driver presses the accelerator by mistake and inadvertently moves toward another vehicle or obstacle.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi announces premium upgrades for its 2016 Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid SUV
- Improved fuel economy, all-electric range and acceleration response
- New Multi-around View Monitor and Vehicle Move Off Control safety technologies
- Dynamic Shield exterior design and upmarket interior treatment unique to PHEV
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced body, chassis and powertrain enhancements, along with front, rear and interior styling changes, for its newly revised 2016 Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid SUV.
The upgrades are in-line with the substantial mid-life changes to Mitsubishi’s recently released 2016 Outlander, which delivered a smoother, more responsive on-road performance with improvements to quietness, steering performance, ride and handling.
Further to this, changes to the 2016 Outlander PHEV are designed to deliver better hybrid fuel efficiency and acceleration feel and throttle response, while cosmetic improvements – including design features unique to PHEV – give Mitsubishi’s flagship electric vehicle a more upmarket, high-grade appearance inside and out.
New active safety features – such as new Multi-around View Monitor – which help prevent low-speed parking and traffic accidents will also be introduced with the 2016 Outlander PHEV range.
The 2016 upgrades have been announced for the Japanese domestic market, where the updated Outlander PHEV makes its global market debut in July.
Just like the 2016 Outlander, the new plug-in hybrid version of Outlander features Mitsubishi’s striking “dynamic shield” front design concept. However, the PHEV model is distinguished by bumper extensions, side garnish and exterior decoration designed to evoke a high-quality, sporty impression.
The exterior design is enhanced with a new 18-inch alloy wheel exclusive the PHEV models, with two-tone machined and black gloss finishes.
The Outlander PHEV exterior colour range has been expanded with new colours including Ruby Black Pearl and Quartz Brown metallic.
Ruby Black Pearl is unique to PHEV models, and features a black pearl paint with contrasting ruby red flecks.
The new colours join the existing Japanese domestic colour line-up of:
Titanium Grey Metallic
Outlander PHEV’s 2016 interior is styled to create a luxurious and high-quality cabin space.
The redesigned seats feature new trim with accent stitching, which is repeated in the padded door trim inserts. The seats use styled padding and trim lines which follow the shape of the occupant’s body to provide superior fit and comfort for front and rear passengers.
The premium quality of the interior is reinforced in the all-new four-spoke steering wheel design, which is trimmed with seamless, fine-quality leather for a comfortable grip, and silver steering-wheel mounted controls with a chrome finish.
The instrument cluster is trimmed with accent stitching, while the newly designed large centre console uses a finish to reflect the elegance of Japanese black lacquer used in traditional Japanese craftwork. Black stream patterns and lustrous accents feature in the dashboard and door trim ornament panels.
A power-adjusted driver’s seat becomes standard on all trim levels, and most variants gain the heated steering wheel function.
In addition to 2016 Outlander general improvements to NVH, steering, ride and handling, Mitsubishi Motors has increased the fuel efficiency of Outlander’s plug-in hybrid system by reducing engine friction and overall system optimisation. This represents improved hybrid fuel efficiency of 8 per cent with an official figure of 20.2km/l (JC08 mode).
Meanwhile, improvements to electric motor efficiency have extended the 2016 Outlander PHEV’s all-electric range by 0.6km to 60.8km based on JC08 mode.
Launch feel or acceleration from a standing start and overall throttle response has improved with revisions to the plug-in hybrid EV and motor control systems.
The 2016 model introduces new safety technology features, including Unintentional Move Off Control system and Multi-around View Monitor, which gives the driver a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle to assist with parking or negotiating tight spaces.
Unintentional Move Off Control system mitigates impact damage by controlling speed in reverse or forward gear when a driver presses the accelerator by mistake and inadvertently moves toward another vehicle or obstacle. This feature is a factory option on some models.
The 2016 Outlander PHEV will be introduced to the Japanese domestic market on 9 July and rolled out progressively to new and existing markets across the globe.
Mitsubishi Motors Australia will announce details of local specification and availability closer to its local launch.
About Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
On sale in Australia since March 2014, the Outlander PHEV is the first of a new generation of Mitsubishi products to feature its advanced Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) propulsion system.
This ground-breaking technology gives the Outlander PHEV an official fuel consumption of 1.9 litres/100km* and 52 kilometre** electric range. With its spacious five seat interior, medium-sized SUV practicality, four-wheel drive capability and starting price of just $47,490 recommended retail, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV heralds a new era of affordable, user-friendly electric cars.
* Based on the official ADR 81/02 combined fuel consumption test cycle
** Based on official ADR 81/02 testing