Following on from Mike Costello's international ice drive in Norway recently, CarAdvice spent some time behind the wheel of the new Outlander PHEV on local roads, from Adelaide out into the hills. While the model range stays the same at two variants, the names will change for the 2017 model year.
The entry grade changes from PHEV to PHEV LS, while the range topper switches from PHEV Aspire to PHEV Exceed. Previously, the entry grade started from $47,490 and the Aspire from $52,490. Those price points have jumped to $50,490 for the LS and $55,490 for the Exceed.
As expected, the new Outlander PHEV adopts the styling changes we've seen on the MY17 Outlander range, while also introducing new tech and increased driver convenience.
According to Mitsubishi Australia, 'the Outlander PHEV was developed from the ground up to be driven by either an internal combustion engine or hybrid technology and as a result there are no compromises in terms of packaging, practicality or driving dynamics'.
With the suite of upgrades, Mitsubishi introduces a new EV Priority Mode across both grades. The EV switch is located next to the 4WD button in the console, and once activated allows the driver to use the vehicle in EV mode without the engine running, provided there is sufficient charge in the battery.
There's an upgraded interior, which gets a new steering wheel, revised accent trim, improved seat design (improved lateral support and stiffer side bolsters) and comfort, premium finishes and materials all designed to deliver a more high-end experience.
The cabin promises to be a much more enjoyable environment thanks to reduced noise levels, increased insulation and sound deadening material.
Soft touch materials have been used throughout, while new accent trim has been applied to the doors, dashboard and centre console surfaces. The headlining is a new material with highlight stitching for the instrument panel and a soft centre armrest.
There have also been significant improvements to on-road performance with sharper throttle response delivering more rapid off the mark acceleration. A more rigid chassis, tweaked suspension components, and a new calibration for the electric power steering system promise to change the way the Outlander PHEV feels from behind the wheel.
Mitsubishi quotes a combined power figure of 120kW for the new Outlander PHEV (including the 2.0-litre internal combustion engine), but despite that the ADR fuel figure has dropped from 1.9L/100km to 1.7L/100km for the new model.
We kept a close eye on real world figures with out long term Outlander PHEV and that old model averaged below 6.0L/100km over out time with the car, so we look forward to seeing whether this new Outlander PHEV can be even more frugal in real driving situations.
At the front, the new Outlander PHEV gets the 'Dynamic Shield' frontal design you're familiar with from the new Outlander range, dark chrome and silver trim, silver skid plates, LED headlights, LED DRLs and LED foglights with chrome bezels.
At the rear, there's sharper styling too, with a new bumper design, silver skid plate, shark fin antenna, chrome tailgate trim, LED combination lights and an LED foglight. There's also revised wheel arch mouldings, silver roof rails and chrome door sill trim as well as 18-inch black/polished alloy wheels.
Both grades get a full five-star ANCAP rating, and like all Mitsubishis, the Outlander PHEV is backed by a five-year/100,000km warranty. The Outlander PHEV also benefits from Mitsubishi’s four-year capped price servicing plan, which is scheduled for every 15,000km or 12 months whichever comes first.
Standard Feature Highlights for Outlander PHEV LS:
- Mitsubishi's Smartphone Link Display Audio with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
- DAB+ radio
- 18-inch alloy wheels in black/chrome
- soundproof windscreen glass
- black Sports Cloth trim with leather look bolsters
- joystick drive mode selector
- EV switch
- rain sensing wipers
- electric folding and heated exterior mirrors
- LED headlamps with auto levelling
- electronically controlled park brake with Auto Hold function
- DC fast charging socket
- ISOFIX child seat mountings
Standard Feature Highlights for Outlander PHEV Exceed (over and above LS):
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Forward Collision Mitigation with human detection
- Multi Around Monitor
- Auto High Beam
- Lane Departure Warning
- Blind-Spot Monitor
- Lane Change Assist
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Ultrasonic Mis-acceleration Mitigation System
- electric sunroof
- leather faced seats, heated front seats
- EV Remote smartphone App
- steering wheel camera switch
- cargo blind
2017 Outlander PHEV pricing (before on-road costs):
- 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV LS – $50,490
- 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Exceed – $55,490
Listen as Mike Costello rides with four-time Finnish rally champion, Jari Ketomaa, in the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, on snow in Norway, and catch more like this at caradvice.com/podcast.