2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review – Best Plug-in Hybrid SUV!
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV the hybrid 4×4 plug-in SUV is renewed. To the endothermic engine are added two electric motors and the Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC). Prices starting from $56,348
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrives on the Italian market. This is the first SUV, with four-wheel drive, designed on the architecture of an electric car.
Outlander PHEV, without renouncing to the character of the SUV, enjoys, in fact, all the advantages of an EV car: fluidity, efficiency, various charging options as standard (on the road, regeneration, Charge Mode, standard plug-in charging, recharging plug – fast), zero emissions in everyday use on almost all routes (and in any case limited to long distances), without counting full compatibility with the intelligent electric eco-systems of the future, starting from the smart grid V2G / V2H .
Outlander PHEV is also already “WLTP Approved” and thanks to its only 46 g / km of CO2 is at the top of the category and as one of the few models below the threshold of 50 g / km of CO2. But now let’s find out in detail all the features of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2020.
how does the hybrid system work?
In the description of the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, we explain how the hybrid system works. The Mitsubishi SUV has a generous torque of the internal combustion engine, to which are added two electric motors and the Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC). Thanks to these components, the torque distribution is optimized to each driving wheel, allowing a smooth ride, strong acceleration, maximum safety and surprising handling in all conditions. This makes Outlander PHEV one of a kind, in fact, it is the only SUV plug-in permanent all-wheel drive.
Even on the most difficult terrain, traction and stability return precise maneuverability that can count on a control system that integrates the MASC / MATC (Mitsubishi Active Stability / Traction Control), the permanent electronic double-drive all-wheel drive , the control device active yaw AYC (Active Yaw Control) and traction control TCL (Traction Control). The motorist can always choose the driving mode between Normal, Snow, the Lock mode which distributes the traction between all four wheels, further improving the stability of the car and the latest Sports integration that allows you to better use the power and acceleration of the car. In addition, the ECO function allows maximizing the car’s performance by reducing consumption and increasing its autonomy in Ev and/or Hybrid.
The two independent electric motors, mounted at the front and rear, provide all-wheel drive an incredible response speed, while the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system offers maximum driving stability and intuitive linear maneuverability.
The powerful 2.4 petrol engine provides a maximum output of 134 hp and ensures high efficiency, with CO2 emissions reduced to a minimum while the generator transforms the power of the engine into electricity to recharge the traction battery and assist the engines when needed.
The Power Drive Unit (front) and the Electric Motor Control Unit (rear) are the two control units that contribute to increasing the energy efficiency and the control of electric motors, resulting in instantaneous maximum torque ratios, even higher to that of a 3.0-liter petrol engine. Outlander PHEV, in fact, is able to develop a total power (petrol engine and two electric motors) equal to 224 HP. The battery (increased by 15% compared to the previous MY) is placed under the floor to maximize the interior spaces and lower the center of gravity, to the benefit of safety and maneuverability.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Interior
Inside the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, we find comfort and refinement. The interiors of Outlander PHEV are a true oasis of comfort with generous legroom, amenities and luxury car services. The car seats have been redesigned and finished with high-quality materials with the possibility of rear tilting.
On the dashboard of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, there are a series of commands that allow you to control every aspect related to the electric drive and the plug-in hybrid system, monitoring consumption, energy management and much more.
The energy usage indicator shows at all times whether you are driving efficiently by moving the hand to Power, Eco or Charge. The EV button allows the driver to decide in absolute autonomy whether and how much to use the propulsion in fully electric mode without ever involving the geometry engine with the ability to always keep an eye on the autonomy thanks to the multifunction display that displays a series of information to the PHEV system such as the residual autonomy, the percentage of functioning in EV, the progress of the recharge of the battery pack and the indication of the flow of energy .
In addition, Outlander PHEV is equipped with Energy management that allows you to use the sound system and the air conditioning even during charging without using the car battery. The practical display shows the flow of energy during charging.
Safety Features; ADAS driving aid systems
A series of ADAS devices (driving aid systems) enhances the technological equipment of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2020. From the Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), standard on all versions, which helps to prevent the risk of a frontal collision, to the Blind Spot Warning (BSW), which uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect vehicles on the rear blind spots and left and right sides, to the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) that allows you to keep the distance set with respect to the vehicle that precedes both high and low speed. The Lane Departure Warning (LDW)warns the driver, through visual and acoustic indication, unintentional deviations from the lane while, to increase safety, comfort, and ease of driving at night, the Automatic High Beam allows you to automatically switch to low beam when detecting a vehicle in front.
The dimensions of Outlander PHEV will never be a problem in parking maneuvers: the front and rear parking sensors and the Multi Around Monitor help to park the car effortlessly giving visibility to all blind spots; the Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), on the other hand, detects vehicles approaching with the reverse gear engaged, further improving the ease of maneuvering in the parking lot.
Not only that, 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has the UMS (Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System), a system consisting of a series of sensors both front and rear that emit an acoustic and visual signal on the monitor of the car if you detect the presence of obstacles and that control also the driving torque caused by inadvertent accelerator pressure.
Traveling on the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is equivalent to the guarantee of maximum silence and serenity inside: 7 airbags protect the driver and passengers, while the photosensitive rearview mirror reduces the glare of the headlights of cars allowing a safer driving and a better view. The ASC (Active Stability Control) allows the automatic adjustment of the power output of the engine by breaking the wheels involved in the event of loss of traction on slippery ground and the Hill Start Assist (HSA) helps to prevent the vehicle from moving backward. uphill starts and much more.
As for charging, this is very simple. Simply connect 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to a domestic electrical outlet for a full charge in about 4 hours with the onboard charger and the charging cable supplied with a safety control box and a Schuko socket.
Alternatively, you can use the quick charge system, which is about 25 minutes allows you to recharge up to 80% of the battery capacity, at the charging stations that have these specific columns.
On board the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV you can use your smartphone in total safety, thanks to the infotainment systems that integrate Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Simply connect your Android or iPhone to the USB port to control your favorite applications on the 7-inch touchscreen. The Smartphone Link Audio Display (SDA) also offers phone functions, music via Bluetooth, playback of content from devices via USB connection as digital audio players, and features like AM / FM and DAB radio.
The practical steering wheel controls also allow you to manage the audio system, the Bluetooth hands-free telephony and the Multi Around Monitor (through the special button) with maximum ease of access. The new audio system developed in collaboration with Rockford Corporation offers spectacular sound quality, produced by nine loudspeakers that distribute impeccable sound in the cockpit. The SDA also allows you to program refills and display, at any time: the flow of energy, instantaneous consumption of gasoline and electricity, the historical consumption and how “green” your type of driving.
Moreover, thanks to the App “Mitsubishi Remote Control” , the smartphone turns into a handy remote control with which to set the timer for recharging , to schedule the recharge in night time or when the charging costs are cheaper, to monitor the remaining charging time , set the cooling and heating system so as not to consume the battery etc.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is available on the market in three versions: Instyle SDA, Instyle Plus SDA and Diamond SDA with a price starting at € 49,900.