Posted 05.6.2016 in Cars by Christopher
Mitsubishi promises to deliver Europe's best selling EV to the U.S. in June 2016. The retuned 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will hit these shores with sophisticated new styling as well as featuring a more powerful hybrid drivetrain. The 5-passenger crossover SUV will be an attention grabber with its new front facia with dramatically redesigned bumper.
Equipped with dual 80HP electric motors and a 2.0L 4-cylinder 115HP gasoline engine, the system's total output is projected to be 200HP producing 249 lb-ft of torque. The Outlander can operate in either all-electric, series or parallel hybrid modes. In series mode, the engine spins a generator that sends electricity to the front and rear traction motors and can put energy back into the battery. In parallel mode, the engine drives the front wheels though the transmission and the front and rear electric motors drive the wheels. The electric motor assisting the gas engine achieves improved fuel efficiency, which is expected to be over 80 MPGe.
This good looking crossover has proven itself capable in other world markets and should appeal to North American consumers looking for a crossover SUV with great fuel efficiency, is all-wheel drive and can haul 5 adults plus their cargo. The premium SUV EV market is getting larger, with new options from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo. But the Outlander will cost at least $20,00 less than these luxury brands, making it affordable for many more families.