Mitsubishi Motors announces the arrival of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). The vehicle’s unique combination of electric motors and a 2.0 petrol engine give it flexibility in optimising fuel efficiency and environmental performance whilst providing a cruising range of 512 miles.
On electric power only, the Outlander PHEV can travel up to 32.5 miles, enabling it to function entirely as an electric vehicle in most everyday situations. The official fuel consumption figure for PHEV is 148mpg, based on industry standards set by European law.
Smaller, lighter, higher output versions of the permanent magnet synchronous motors used in the i-MiEV are located front and rear. These have a maximum output of 60 kW each and maximum torques of 137 Nm (front) and 195 Nm (rear), and deliver high torque and power from the outset.
The new Twin Motor 4WD system, delivers power independently to the front wheels (from the front motor and/or engine) and rear wheels (from the rear motor). The use of motors and absence of mechanical connections such as a propeller shaft mean the Twin Motor 4WD delivers better response and finer control than conventional 4WD systems and reduces friction loss.
Twin Motor 4WD is coupled with Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamics control system, which combines front- and rear-wheel-drive control and left- and right-wheel-brake control to provide consistent handling and stability on the road. Two modes are offered, selectable at the flick of a switch: Normal Mode for ordinary conditions and Lock Mode for enhanced all-terrain performance.
The Outlander PHEV also comes with an efficient 2.0-litre petrol engine. During deceleration, the motors function as generators so that electricity can be generated to charge the drive battery.
The all-new Outlander PHEV will make its entrance into Mitsubishi showrooms across Europe in May. The entry-level GX3hOutlander PHEV will be on sale for £28,249 in the UK.
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