Mitsubishi is heading for a green revolution not just abroad but also here too. That's because Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) has announced that the Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is coming to the Philippines. The best part is, they've also announced when it's coming here.
The country's first plug-in hybrid from a mainstream automaker will land here by late 2020. Now, MMPC didn't say exactly when in late 2020, at least we're certain that it will, indeed, be officially sold here. If the car looks familiar, that's because MMPC has actually been touring the car in local motorshows. It could even be said that this launch was years in the making.
Specs? The Outlander gets power from a gas-fed, Atkinson Cycle 2.4-liter MIVEC engine and a pair electric motors mated to a 13.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. The gas engine itself makes 135 PS while the electric motor at the front and rear put out 82 PS and 95 PS accordingly. Combined power isn't rated but do note that computing for the total output of a hybrid isn't just adding all the numbers up.
Its all-wheel drive system is composed of an electro-mechanical system that activates the rear motor when slip is detected. Plus, there's a generator up front and an electric motor control unit at the back to keep power shifting seamlessly between front and rear wheels. The battery is then mounted on the center floor of the chassis.
On to the subject of fuel consumption, Mitsubishi Motors says the Outlander PHEV can do up to 55.5 kilometers per liter. In more real-world conditions, it can do over 15 kilometers per liter according to the Mitsubishi Motors Japan website. As it is a plug-in hybrid, you can either charge up the batteries yourself or let the car's generator regenerate energy automatically. You can also put the crossover in pure EV (electric) mode and, if fully charged, it can travel almost 60 kilometers without the gas engine ever being used.
You're probably curious how much it is. That's one thing MMPC hasn't mentioned just yet. We won't speculate on pricing but we're pegging it's much more within reach for most thanks to the incentives for hybrid and electric vehicles.