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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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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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