A couple of years ago, Mitsubishi introduced the Outlander PHEV. And by now, they are giving the plug-in hybrid SUV a significant update for the 2019 model year, a few months after launching the model in the United States. The most important change though is found under the hood. This is because the former Otto-cycle 2.0 liter gasoline engine has been replaced by a larger Atkinson cycle 2.4 liter unit.
Mitsubishi decided not to share output number, but instead, they said that the torque has gone beyond 186 Newton metres (137 pound feet), which is attainable at 4,500 rpm in the previous Outlander PHEV. Meanwhile, efficiency has improved and a smoother operation is expected from it. The vehicle’s output remains a mystery to us at this point, but for what it is worth, the 2.0 liter engine had an output of 118 horsepower (87 kilowatts) at 4,500 rpm.
Furthermore, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV benefits from a 10 percent generator output hike and a 10% boost of the rear motor’s output. They also decided to tweak its lithium ion battery pack that has a capacity of 13.8 kilowatts per hours, which has increased from the previous 12 kWh. Furthermore, the battery’s output has improved by 10 percent. These revisions also affected the electric range compared to the outgoing model with 22 miles too.
Overall, the Outlander PHEV is quite a competent SUV, and Mitsubishi has taken the effort to even improve its abilities, so they decided to add a Snow mode that provides better traction on wintery roads. If you want the plug-in hybrid SUV to be even more aggressive, then you can now opt for the Sport mode that is being introduced, aiming to provide more direct control.
Aside from the hardware and engine tweaks, Mitsubishi also gave it some subtle design changes such as the new LED headlights and the rectangular front fog lamp bezels. Even the grille has been given a slight upgrade, while the skid plate at the front and an enlarged roof mounted rear spoiler are some of the changes on the outside. The model now sits on a set of 18 inch two tone alloy wheels.
Moving into the car’s interior, the 2019 Outlander PHEV has been subjected to some modifications, like the body hugging front seats covered in leather upholstery, a new switchgear. There’s also new trim, while rear passengers get new A/C outlets plus some other goodies.
At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next month, we will be able to see the partially electrified hybrid SUV. It will be showcased alongside the e-Evolution concept that celebrates its European premiere.