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VEHICLES

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Outstanding fuel

economy in Outlander

• By Ross Kiddie

WHEN Mitsubishi

launched its popular

Outlander sport utility

vehicle in hybrid form, it

was almost deemed revolutionary.

That was in 2014, and

since then the PHEV (plugin

electric vehicle) has sold

well in New Zealand –

globally too for that matter

– and is about to become

even more appealing for it

has just had a fairly hefty

makeover.

The concept, shape and

ease of use hasn’t changed

one bit, but the new

Outlander PHEV is fitted

out with a lot of new

kit, most of it is electronic

thereby enhancing the

infotainment and communication

systems, along

with the inclusion of an

ultra fast charge mechanism,

higher priority for

electric operation-only and

the inclusion of advanced

safety protocols.

Column space doesn’t

allow comprehensive detailing

of the new features but

I can say the Outlander in

this form is engineered with

a greater emphasis towards

propulsion through the

electric motors.

For that matter, the new

fast charge connection will

fit well with a comprehensive

project nationwide to

install fast charge stations.

Of course, the PHEV can

also be charged through a

household supply using a

separate connection.

However, there’s more to

PHEV than just plugging

in, charging and then driving

off, the hybrid system

is true hybrid. Under the

bonnet sits a four-cylinder,

2-litre engine which is

rated at 88kW. It’s there to

charge the batteries when

they run low, as well as

providing drive if there is

no charge available. On the

subject of drive, the PHEV

is true to the Outlander

concept, it gets four-wheeldrive

courtesy of a second

electric motor at the rear.

Amidst the complexity

of the hybrid system the

MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER: Plug-in hybrid.

PHEV is capable of returning

some amazing fuel

usage statistics through

the varying drive modes,

although electric drive is

prioritised.

At best possible usage

Mitsubishi rate the PHEV

at an amazing 1.7-litres per

100km (166mpg). That,

of course, can only be

achieved under certain circumstances,

but on a daily

commute it can’t be ruled

out.

• Price – Mitsubishi

Outlander PHEV,

$67,990

• Dimensions –

Length, 4695mm;

width, 1800mm;

height, 1710mm

• Configuration

– Four-cylinder,

four-wheel-drive,

1998cc, 88kW,

189Nm, continuously

variable automatic

• Performance –

0-100km/h, 10sec

• Fuel usage –

1.7l/100km

An overnight charge (6.5

hours) will cost around $2

depending on your service

provider and it is good for

a 54km journey.

Fast charge rates at a pay

station will cost, on current

rates, 25c/minute plus

25c/kWh. A 20min time

frame should be expected

to charge from zero to 80

per cent.

Even though the

Outlander PHEV is a

complicated car and takes

some understanding, buyers

needn’t be put off by its

complexity. If you just get

POWER:

Plug in and

charge

up for an

electric

drive of

54km.

in and drive it, it quickly

becomes familiar and

drives little differently to

the standard vehicle it is

based on.

Also, if you are a technophile

there are a multitude

of information displays to

keep you happy, they indicate

the varying modes that

the vehicle is utilising at

any given time.

Even though I didn’t take

the PHEV off-road – only

for the sake I didn’t want to

get it dirty thanks to a wet

Queen’s Birthday weekend

making off-road conditions

muddy – you can drive the

PHEV with the mindset it is

a useful off-the-seal traveller

with suspension capable

of absorbing a bit of rough

stuff and ground clearance

which allows travel over

undulating ground.

The PHEV also has composure

on the highway, it

travels very quietly – no

surprise there – and it

steers and handles like an

SUV should. It feels quite

sprightly given the torque

generation of electric

power returning a 10sec

time to make 100km/h

from a standstill.

There’s been a common

misconception that you

have to drive hybrids long

distances to recapture the

cost of purchase.

That’s certainly not the

case with the Outlander

PHEV. It comes priced

realistically from $60,990.

The evaluation car was

VRX-specced which adds

$7000 and you get all the

Mitsubishi high-grade kit

– leather trim, heated front

seats, paddle gear shifters,

sat nav, Siri voice recognition

and a multitude of

other items. It’s fair to say

the VRX sits on the outer

periphery of the luxury car

market.

If you think that longevity

is a worry, take into

account that the hybrid/

electric componentry is

covered for an eight-year

period (or 160,000km) and

the engine/driveline is covered

for 10 years. Peace of

mind really.

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