The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was launched in December 2017. But it seemed like Mitsubishi had some new thoughts that they’d like to show and thus announced the launch of an updated 2019 version, almost less than four months after the release of the previous one. That was indeed quite strange to say the least and it was announced at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, in March of this year.
It is said that the main improvements Mitsubishi is looking into is the efficiency of the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Apart from that various upgrades on the style front, as well as improvements on the interiors are also carried out.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Engine and Specifications
Mitsubishi will be dumping the old 2.0 litre four cylinder Otto Combustion engine in favour of a new 2.4 litre four cylinder Atkinson Combustion engine. The new engine will help in lowering the compression ratio and thereby saving fuel in the process, making the car more efficient.
The 13.8 kWh capacity of the car will now be churning out more distance numbers than the previous 2018 version, which had a range of 22 miles.
Charging is also improved with fast charging support, that can deliver 80% power at just 25 minutes. The Outlander is also marketed as an All Wheel Drive vehicle, that includes four modes – snow, sport, normal and 4WD lock.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Top Speed
Top speed of the new 2019 variant is still unknown and not yet revealed by Mitsubishi, but expect to be around the same ballpark of the previous 2018 version, i.e. 104 MPH.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Interior, Exterior and Features
Talking about the exterior here, firstly the full front part of the car is updated. The front grille have a different shape, the headlights are now LED, fog lights will now have rectangular bezels and there’s 18 inch alloy wheels with two tone design. When talking about the back part of the car, the tailgate has now a spoiler which is larger now, which is mainly for various aerodynamic reasons to say the least.
On the interior, the 2019 Outlander PHEV has now seats with high quality leather, redesigned front buckets, dash have new reworked buttons, a nice and new gauge cluster, new trim panels and HVAV vents for all the rear seating passengers.
The seating will mostly remain the same at 2+3+2 arrangement. Therefore, it is quite evident that the changes are more or less cosmetic rather than huge changes here.
Price and Release Date
Pricing hasn’t yet been released for the 2019 Outlander PHEV model, and thus all the expectations are surrounding the 2018 model. The base 2018 model costs $34,595 while the higher GT variant starts at $40,295. The 2019 model will follow the exact same pricing with just a little bump. Nothing more, nothing less.
The new 2019 Outlander PHEV model will release in the same way as it’s older brother, i.e. in late 2018 mostly or at the start of 2019.
Also See: 2018 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Review
It’s no surprise that Mitsubishi is doing well all over the world in various countries, but not particularly well in the USA. Part of that can be due to bad products or sub-par products and part of the other can be due to not using effective marketing techniques to reach the maximum crowd.
The 2019 Outlander PHEV is a hybrid vehicle done right. It has all the bells and whistles a customer could possibly think of. It’s definitely better to see such more vehicles an the future, along with more updates and features. Sometimes, it hard to appreciate car companies who are doing their best to keep costs low and still treat as non-environment pollution.
Just goes to see, how much of the audience do love better features and competition as a whole, so that the customers get the best product.