Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gets 5-star rating from 2013 Euro NCAP

Article by Anita Panait, on December 10, 2013

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV mid-size crossover has received a maximum five-star rating in the 2013 Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program). The five-star rating is the latest of the awards that confirm Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s @earth TECHNOLOGY – which embodies the carmaker’s Drive@earth pillars of environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, and toughness and safety.

All of these pillars are found in the Outlander PHEV, considered as the pinnacle of @earthTECHNOLOGY. The Outlander PHEV, which features MMC's own Plug-in Hybrid EV System, was named as the "Car of the Year Japan 2013-2014's Innovation Award" for its environmental performance and motive performance.

Also, Outlander PHEV's Plug-in Hybrid EV System was recognized for its environmental performance and driving dynamics by the Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference of Japan (RJC).  In November, the conference also named which the plug-in hybrid EV system as the "RJC Technology of the Year 2014."

As the first plug-in hybrid crossover/sports utility vehicle in the world,  the Outlander PHEV is an "electric car that changes itself" and represents a fusion of the EV technologies that MMC developed for models like the i-MiEV; 4WD technologies honed in the Lancer Evolution; and SUV knowledge obtained from the Pajero.

The next generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander is truly a vehicle that managed to be an "engineer's car" with a "Solid - Safe - Simple" shape. With a length of around 4,655 mm, the new Mitsubishi Outlander is a fusion of a significant appearance and clean surfaces, just as shown earlier in the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV and Concept PX-MiEV II show cars.

A number of exterior elements confidently convey the protection and safety that the new Mitsubishi Outlander can afford to its passengers -- high flanks, uncluttered surfaces, strong shouldering, raised beltline and soft-contoured fenders. All of these elements exude the vehicle’s high quality and high substance.

The assertive design of the Mitsubishi Outlander's exterior is accentuated on the front end by its slim grille further defined by hockey-shaped chromed strips seemingly should the brand’s three-diamond logo. This aerodynamic grille is flanked by wrap-around headlamps with cats-eye appearance.

Inside, the new Mitsubishi Outlander makes use of high grade premium materials for the dashboard, resulting to padded surfaces, silver (or wood accent), gloss black appliqués as well as soft-touch finish. The dashboard has been designed to allow drivers to better focus on the road, thanks to high-resolution and easy-to-read instrument displays as well as ergonomic steering wheel controls.

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