Noted as the best selling Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) in the UK, Mitsubishi has revealed the updated version of the Outlander PHEV at this year's Tokyo Motor Show. For the minor model change, Mitsubishi says they have made improvements powertrain, styling and chassis to further enhance the PHEV ownership experience.
Like the gas model that debuted in this year's New York Auto Show, the Outlander PHEV features Mitsubishi's “Dynamic Shield” design. The middle of the fascia is finished in black and the trim that surrounds the middle section is finished in chrome. The main difference between the gas and PHEV Outlander is the specifically-designed bumper extensions for better aerodynamics. Mitsubishi has also replaced the xenon lights in favor of LED headlights. The Outlander PHEV rides on specifically-designed two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, Mitsubishi has updated the Outlander PHEV with a new design and material for the seat upholstery. An interior color option has also been added alongside the standard black trim. The Outlander PHEV now available with new brown leather trim as standard. Exclusive to the Outlander PHEV is a new four-spoke steering wheel.
The engine is still the familiar 2.0 liter mill seen in the Lancer and the gas model Outlander but the continuously variable transmission (CVT) is all-new for the 2016 model. Mitsubishi engineers have also tweaked the hybrid drive modules to reduce friction losses. Mitsubishi says the Outlander PHEV for 2016 improves its fuel economy to 20.2 kilometers per liter with pure electric range moving up to 60.2 kilometers.