After teasing us a few weeks ago with pictures of an updated Outlander PHEV (which you can read here), Mitsubishi has finally taken more wraps – though still not all – off to reveal more power, longer electric range and added features for its PHEV crossover.
The Outlander PHEV first came to Canada in 2018 and has become the best-selling PHEV in Canada since then with almost 14,000 sales, according to Mitsubishi. This new version only looks to improve on those numbers, with the highlight being a larger, 20 kWh battery that gives the crossover an electric-only range of 87 kilometres.
While Mitsubishi is still not releasing specs on the gas engine used in the hybrid powertrain, the current 2022 version has a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with 126 horsepower. The company says its twin-electric motor configuration now gets a 40 per cent bump in output, but no official figures have been released.
Also new is a ‘pedal operation mode’ that makes one-pedal driving possible, though Mitsubishi is careful to stipulate that the brake will still be needed for harder stops. And its Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) drive system now has a brake-activated Active Yaw Control (AYC) for the rear wheels, controlling the power distributing front to rear, regardless of driving in EV mode or gas-powered. Along with torque vectoring, which uses brakes from left to right to keep better control, and the S-AWC is one of the most dynamic and intuitive all-wheel-drive systems on the market.
Expect to see the Outlander PHEV later next year. Pricing for the 2023 Outlander PHEV will be announced early next year, though the 2022 PHEV starts at $44,198, which qualifies it for the federal PHEV incentive of $2,500.