Crossover SUV is an interesting segment and when you get a model with hybrid engine, it becomes even more enticing. That is where Mitsubishi is aiming at, with its 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Phev model. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S first shown at the 2015 Paris Auto Show generated a lot of buzz. It was necessary to update the Outlander to take on the rising competition better. The 2016 Outlander was the outcome and the company has revamped the 2017 SUV with many enhancements. The US version of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been unveiled. In UK, it is one of the top-selling hybrid SUVS already. The 2017 version looks similar to the yesteryear version but design cues taken from the concept are even more prominent. Mitsubishi calls the PHEV the first plug-in Hybrid SUV of the world.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Exterior Body Styles and Interior Changes
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a two-louver grille design and the headlights are same as what was used in the 2016 model. There is an air dam below the grille. The corner vents of fascia have LED fog lights. The changes to the side of the SUV are rather minimal. Even the rear part of the 2017 model looks near identical to the 2016 Outlander. The chrome trim and wide tail light assembly of the PHEV Concept-S is no longer there. The design has a vibrant and youthful appeal, as far as the exterior goes.
The interior of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV looks classy but there are no major changes as such. You do get new seating surfaces, rear folding seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror and redesigned steering wheel. The cabin is quite spacious and both driver and other passengers get enough leg and head rooms. There is three zones atmosphere control system. There is no third row of seats in it, and the Hybrid SUV can accommodate 5 passengers. Regular Outlander models, however, will continue to be 7 seaters. Mitsubishi has added plenty of safety features and entertainment options in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, as it is. There is cutting edge Forward Collision Mitigation and pedestrian-detection capability. You also get Blind Spot Monitoring and a multiview camera. Support for Android Auto compatibility and Apple CarPlay would be there as well. The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Phev has a substantial LCD screen on the dashboard.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Modification under the Hood
When you hear about a Crossover Hybrid SUV, you become curious about what lies under its hood! The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. There will be a couple of electric motors too. The motors are placed at the vehicle’s rear and front axles for responsive 4WD performance. The Super All-Wheel Control was used first in the company’s Lancer evolution model but it has been tweaked for enhanced performance in this SUV hybrid. There can be some subtle difference in drive train among the European and US versions, as per the company sources. In the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, there are 3 selectable drive modes: series hybrid, EV and parallel hybrid. In EV mode, the vehicle is run by power of the 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In the Series Hybrid mode, the car is driven by electric mode but the gasoline engine serves as a generator. In Parallel Hybrid mode, the main power is derived from 2.0-liter engine while two electric motors assist it. Based on road conditions and other aspects, the vehicle can be configured to switch between these modes. There is a regenerative braking mode too. Mitsubishi has not said anything on mileage specifically but given its hybrid nature, the SUV should be quite fuel efficient.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Pricing and Availability
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander pricing details are yet to be unveiled by the company. The present generation 2017 Outlander price begins at $22,995 and the GT S-AWC version costs $30,995. However, experts assume the Hybrid SUV 2017 model will be priced higher than the standard top end model. It may hit the showrooms by the end of 2016. Given the segment the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Phev belongs to, there is clearly not much competition around. The plug-in hybrids category is not saturated as such. The major plug-in SUVs are from the luxury manufacturers like Porsche and BMW. Those models belong to a different league altogether. The BMW X5 xDrive40e is priced almost $20,000 more than Outlander PHEV. The Volvo XC90 T8 and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid are way expensive. Price and feature wise, the Mitsubishi Outlande 2017 may find many takers. The safety features in the SUV are quite adequate and the design is also appealing. The hybrid engine performance should be suitable for meeting real world driving scenarios. It is also equipped with enough entertainment options. A lot however, will depend on the final pricing as far as the US market goes.