Published on November 1st, 2021 | by Subhash Nair0
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Revealed With 7 Seats
The All-New Outlander PHEV has been shown in all its glory.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was teased in the middle of October sporting a two-tone roof, three rows of seats, and of course sitting on the all-new platform that is being shared with Nissan.
The new Outlander also features a new-generation PHEV system that is said to deliver greater performance and range than before, as well as the latest safety tech from Mitsubishi. It also has an award winning interior to go with the whole package.
Improvements to PHEV System
The front and rear electric motors have been given an increase in output of about 40% and the use of a 20kWh battery. The new Outlander PHEV can be driven in EV mode even with the accelerator pedal heavily depressed thanks to this improvement. This allows for the car to be driven without starting the petrol engine for a much greater distance of 87km even with the use of the air conditioner.
The front motor is equipped with a booster function which raises the supply of voltage and improving the efficiency of the generator. The rear motor has been redesigned to be coupled to the control unit to make room for a third row off seats. Installing this control unit outside the passenger compartment has improved NVH characteristics. Single pedal driving is available.
Mitsubishi’s Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) has been integrated into this system with new brake Active Yaw Control (AYC) for the rear wheels and torque vectoring through braking on all wheels.
7 Drive Modes exist:
Here’s the press release with more details on the chassis and design.
The newly developed platform and highly rigid structure of RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body design achieve a high level of safety and steering stability. In addition to greatly increasing the front body rigidity and torsional rigidity which contributed to improving steering stability, MMC used hot stamping method ultra-high tensile strength steel sheets (1,470 MPa). Incorporated around the passenger compartment, these sheets go beyond the conventional steel sheet reinforcement to form a highly durable passenger compartment with little deformation. Inclusion of the latest version of MMC’s active safety technologies, which detect collision risks with multiple sensors for safer driving, keep collision risks to a minimum while offering safety and peace of mind.
The all-new Outlander PHEV is equipped with evolved MI-PILOT7 single-lane driver assistance technology for highways. The control system integrates Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) to assist the driver in maintaining distance between vehicles while keeping in the center of the lane. It also detects speed limit signs and automatically adjusts the set speed accordingly. MI-PILOT with Navi-link utilizes map data to automatically adjust vehicle speed as needed according to curves, forks, and other circumstances on expressways. Also, the vehicle can automatically start within about 30 seconds of stopping in traffic, alleviating driver fatigue on the expressway.
Mitsubishi Connect is adopted for more safety, security and comfort behind the wheel. Users can easily access emergency assistance, check the travelable distance of the drive battery, set charging times and alerts to avoid forgetting to charge, and display the positioning of the parked vehicle on smartphone app maps to see where it is located. Mitsubishi Connect also has a parental control function that sends notifications of vehicle driving status.
Exterior with powerful presence and advanced, high-class interior
Based on the bold expressions of functionality with which MMC has designed its SUVs over the years, the company developed the all-new Outlander under its new design concept — Bold Stride — which expresses a bold, fixating presence with a solid stance and dependability for drivers to take a new step forward.
On the front, MMC has evolved the Dynamic Shield for a new generation to create a front-end design with a sense of presence. Seen from the side, the large-diameter 20-inch wheels along with the muscular fender flares that house them combine with D-pillars inspired by the vertical tail of airplanes and a floating roof to conjure an image of powerful yet crisp road performance. The rear side of the all-new Outlander features tailgate design comprised of a hexagon motif, evoking the styling of classic, off-road heritage models, and the horizontally themed taillights that extend to both edges create a styling that accentuates wideness and stability. Body color can be selected from a total of 10 colors including the vivid, crystalline, high brightness Diamond Color series – Red Diamond, White Diamond, and the new Black Diamond.
Inside, the horizontally sculpted instrument panel makes it easy to understand the position of the car while driving, and expresses robustness and a feeling of spaciousness. The center console is designed to project a broad high-class presence. Finely textured soft padding that is pleasing to the touch can be found all over the interior, with stitching added for a high-quality feel. Based on the Mitsubishi Touch approach, the monitors and gauges are designed to be reassuringly easy to see, while the selectors, dials and switches are designed to provide a confident grip and operation, resulting in a quality feel that appeals to the senses.
U.S. trim levels and pricing for the all-new Outlander PHEV will be announced with final on-sale timing in the second half of 2022.