Mitsubishi upgrades Outlander PHEV with more power, fresh look

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gets bigger 2.4-liter motor, added tech

Mitsubishi is all set to arrive at this year's Geneva International Motor Show with an upgraded Outlander plug-in hybrid (PHEV). According to the automaker, the flagship PHEV now comes with a more powerful engine and electric motors, higher-capacity batteries with increased output, more standard technologies, as well as a fresher-looking exterior and interior.

Beginning with its exterior, the Outlander PHEV now comes with restyled LED headlights and rectangular foglight bezels. The Dynamic Shield front grill also received subtle changes thanks to an updated design. Rounding up the front fascia update comes courtesy of anew front center skid plate.

Other subtle revisions done on the 2019 Outlander PHEV include new multi-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels and a bigger rear spoiler that gives the crossover a sharper, more sophisticated look as claimed by Mitsubishi.

As for its interior, the 2019 Outlander PHEV gets new quilted leather upholstery, more body-hugging front seats, and a redesigned gear selector and steering wheel. Other changes that were introduced include new cabin trim and A/C vents for the rear passengers.

Over to its powertrain, the 2019 Outlander PHEV ditches the 2.0-liter Otto-cycle four-cylinder. Replacing it is a bigger 2.4-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four. No output figures were released although it is expected to produce nearly 170 PS and over 220 Nm of torque. Beside having a bigger engine, Mitsubishi also upgraded the generator and rear electric motor as output has been increased by 10-percent.

The lithium-ion battery, on the other hand, also received an increase in capacity as it is now capable of holding 13.8 kWh of charge (12kWh previous). Moreover, Mitsubishi also increased the battery's output by 10-percent. These minor upgrades should see the Outlander PHEV have better electric range and quicker acceleration. Mitsubishi has yet to state the 2019 Outlander's combined system output.

Power is still sent to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) along with an updated 4WD system. Aside from having Normal and 4WD Lock modes, the system now comes with Sport and Snow modes. According to Mitsubishi, the former gives a 'more direct control for greater driving enjoyment on winding roads'. The latter, on the other hand, 'provides greater confidence on snow-covered roads or slippery surfaces'.

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will make its official debut at this year's Geneva International Show next month.

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