A more powerful petrol engine headlines updates to the 2019 version of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is now on sale.
The plug-in hybrid SUV, which has proved a best-seller for Mitsubishi since its launch in 2014, gains a new 2.4-litre petrol engine with power increased from 121 to 135hp and torque raised from 190 to 211Nm.
The rear electric motor is also more potent, now offering 95hp and with a 10% improvement in output from the battery. Overall battery capacity increases to 13.9kWh, allowing Mitsubishi to claim a combined cycle fuel economy figure for the Outlander PHEV of 139mpg – this under the new WLTP testing regime.
CO2 emissions under WLTP measurement remain at 46g/km, and the Outlander also offers an electric-power only range of 28 miles. Once the Government’s £2,500 plug-in car grant is taken into account, prices for the SUV start at £34,255, and for company car buyers it also attracts the lowest-possible benefit-in-kind tax rating of 13%.
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Further changes on the 2019 Outlander include revisions to the dampers to improve the slow-speed ride, plus a driver-selected ‘Sport Mode’ which sharpens throttle response and grip through the car’s all-wheel-drive system. There is also now a ‘Snow’ mode to improve getaway and cornering on low-grip slippery surfaces.
The steering rack has been modified to be more responsive, and the front brake discs enlarged to improve stopping power.
Inside sees a raft of changes including more supportive front seats, improved soundproofing, a redesigned instrument cluster and changes to the switchgear. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility is included.
Subtle exterior updates encompass a new front end with a honeycomb mesh grille, bumper extensions and revised headlamps designs, and a larger rear spoiler. Two-tone finished 18-inch alloy wheels are also specified.
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